In The News: November 4, 2010

Acting Locally

3/50 logoMunie Leisure Center sits across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, and is part of the Metro East St. Louis area, home to about 300,000. AQUA recently spoke with owner Michael Ford about the 3/50 Project, a program that encourages people to spend their money locally.

Read more about the 3/50 project.

APSP Announces New Officers

APSP logoThe association of Pool & Spa Professionals' national nominating committee has selected new members to serve on the executive committee of the board of directors in 2011.

Kathleen Carlson, senior vice president of Aqua Quip in Seattle, will be the chairman. She is currently chairman-elect and served on the retail council for 11 years as well as taking an active role in the APSP Career Institute.

Joe Amato, president and CEO of Amato Industries in Silver Spring, Md., has been named chairman-elect. Amato currently acts as secretary/treasurer and has a long history of service in the Mid-Atlantic chapter, particularly in government relations.

The new secretary/treasurer will be Steven J. Gorlin, president of Lakehurst, N.J.-based Gorlin Pools & Spas. Gorlin's experience includes active participation in NESPA, an affiliate of APSP that serves the Northeast.

The association's current chairman, Charlie Schobel, will remain on the executive committee as past-chairman. Schobel is also vice president and general manager of BioLab, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Officers serve a one-year term and will be confirmed the annual members' meeting at this week's IPSPE Show in Las Vegas.

Nexxus Spins Off Commercial Business

Nexxus Lighting has sold its commercial pool lighting business to Next Step Products, LLC, for a reported $2.3 million. Next Step now controls the manufacture, marketing and sale of fiber optic and LED products used in the pool and spa markets, but not the business of the company's subsidiary, Lumificient Corp., which makes channel lighting products for signage.

Nexxus president and CEO Mike Bauer said his company's "legacy business" had been struggling due to the backyard industry's slump, in addition to increased competition and operating losses.

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