Atlantic City: It's Showtime!

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The Pool & Spa Show

January 27-29, 2015 Atlantic City Convention Center

Trade Show Hours Tuesday, Jan. 27: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29: 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

It’s a new year, and in the spirit of renewal and rejuvenation, The Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show has a brand new name this year: The Pool & Spa Show. The name change reflects the show’s expansion over the past decade — with more than 12,000 industry pros expected to attend this year, it’s grown from a regional show to a global event.

Taking a look at the education lineup, it’s easy to see why. The Education Conference will feature more than 50 technical seminars, from APSP certification courses to specialized areas of study, including seminars about hot tub automation, safety cover installation and vanishing edge installation techniques. Retailers and service pros have a bevy of options available as well — just turn to page 28 and take a look at the course offerings, listed day by day.

And a special note: after the success of last year’s Spanish-language seminars, two classes this year will again be offered in Spanish: Pool Chemistry Basics and Pool Heater Basics. Put it all together, and this year’s show truly has something for everyone.

“Our Show offers companies the chance to create the perfect education schedule for their entire staff from the technicians working out in the field to the office team working to keep your business on track,” says Paulette Pitrak, deputy executive director of NESPA and head of the Education Conference.

When visitors aren’t taking notes in class, they’ll be sure to find something captivating at one of the 400-plus booths on the show floor. Want to cut to the chase? Take a stroll through the Product Boardwalk at the show entrance, which highlights exciting new products and services.

If you were at the show last year, you’re likely looking forward to the Welcome Party, which will again be held at Harrah’s Pool After Dark, one of the nation’s top nightclubs. Tickets are limited and sell out each year, so be sure to get yours early.

Whether it’s your New Year’s resolution to build a better business strategy or refresh your building knowledge, the Pool & Spa Show is bound to get you on the right track.

Sunday, January 26

8:30 a.m.

  • APSP Certified Hot Tub Tech Course/Exam: 2 1/2 day course & exam
  • NSPF Certified Pool Operators (2-Day) Course

Monday, January 26

9:00 a.m.

  • NEC 680: A Practical Guide for Pool Professionals
  • The Power of Money: Understanding Your Business Finances
  • National Plasterers Council (NPC) - Start up Certification

12:30 p.m.

  • Troubleshooting Spa Packs and Equipment Controls
  • I Don’t Have Time to Plan, I’m Busy Running a Business
  • Email Marketing: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Running Your Business By the Numbers - Improve Your Bottom Line
  • Heat Pumps: Operation, Installation & Benefits
  • Diving Rocks & Boards: Install With Confidence
  • Safety Covers: Installation, Measuring And Trouble-Shooting
  • High End Swimming Pool Design
  • Beyond the Basics: Water Chemistry
  • Designing for Controls & Automation Systems
  • Understanding the New APSP International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
  • Zodiac Automated Control Systems - Affordable, Efficient and Convenient

2:15 p.m.

  • Succession Planning & Exit Strategies for Pool/Spa Business Owners
  • Get The Word Out! Email and Social Media Tips and Tricks
  • The Mystery of Phosphates: Real or Mythical?


  • Welcome Party at Harrah’s Pool After Dark

Tuesday, January 27

8:30 a.m.

  • Electronic Controls for Spas/Hot Tubs (Hands-On)
  • Customer Relations: Mayberry Style Service in a High Tech World
  • How to Put Sizzle on your Sales Floor
  • Turn Your Expertise Into Sales!
  • Uncover The Real Power Of Excel
  • Characteristics and Strategies of the Most Successful Pool & Spa Companies
  • Pool Heater Basics in Spanish
  • Hayward Automated Control Systems - Affordable, Efficient And Convenient
  • Safety Covers: Measuring for Success
  • Principles of Hydraulics for Pool Builders and Service Technicians
  • Landscaping and Swimming Pools: Winning Partners
  • Basic Electricity for Pool Technicians
  • Leak Detection Principles and Techniques
  • Vinyl Liners Replacement Measuring and Installation
  • Major Renovations of Pools: Structural and Hydraulic Considerations
  • Basic Water Chemistry

10:15 a.m.

  • Magic 8’s of Selling
  • Reviews, Reviews, Reviews. How to Manage, Control & Increase Your Online Visability
  • Chemical Safety and Storage for Dealers
  • The Four P’s: Patio Covers, Pergolas, Pavilions and Petscaping
  • Conducting Energy Efficiency Pool Audits
  • Pool Winterizations and the Effects on Cementitious Pool Interior Finishes

Wednesday, January 28

8:30 a.m.

  • Electronic Controls for Spas/Hot Tubs (Encore)
  • National Plasterers Council - Start up Recertification
  • Define Your Brand - Find Your Niche
  • Upselling at the Counter
  • Service Call Scheduling: Make Your Business More Efficient
  • Building A Great Business From the Ground Up
  • Store Layout And Design: How To Create a Style and Flow for Today’s Demanding Consumer
  • Water Balance and Testing for Pools & Spas
  • Construction Techniques for A Vanishing Edge Pool
  • Construction, Hydraulics, Energy: Coordinating the ANSI/APSP 5, 7, 15 Pool Standards
  • Pentair Automated Control Systems - Affordable, Efficient and Convenient
  • Metal Staining: A Clear and Present Danger
  • Alternate Sanitizers: Ozone, Germicidal UV, Minerals and Salt Chlorine Systems For Residential Pools
  • Pool Chemistry Basics (In Spanish)
  • Soils and Testing in Pool Construction
  • Heater Troubleshooting: From Milivolt to Electronic Ignition
  • Pool Inspections: Do It Right the First Time

10:15 a.m.

  • Improve Your Customer’s Overall Shopping Experience
  • Small Businesses Don’t Die, They Just Fade Away
  • Intermatic Automated Control Systems - Affordable, Efficient and Convenient
  • Vinyl Liner Pool Renovations
  • Designing Modular Landscaping Slides and Other Accessories for Swimming Pools
  • Spa Chemistry - Differences That Make A Difference

Thursday, January 29

8:30 a.m.

  • Seven Strategies for Turbulent Times
  • Creating Effective Employee Compensation Plans
  • Build A Business That Creates Long Term Value
  • Advanced Forensics for Plaster Pools
  • Solar Pool Heating Systems - A to Z
  • Project Profiles: Swimming Pool Challenges and Solutions (New 2015 case studies)
  • The Importance of Thermodynamics in Pool Design and Construction
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