The National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announced that the organizations will unify to form the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. The unification was approved by the boards of directors of both organizations at the end of last week and work is underway to finalize the structure of the new organization, with the Alliance to officially begin operations on April 1.
The new organization will operate with The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance as the umbrella, leading industry wide advocacy, alliances and promotions. Trade and foundation activities will be conducted separately for procedural and legal purposes, under the banners of The Pool & Hot Tub Professionals Association and The Pool & Hot Tub Foundation.
All three groups will be governed by a single board of directors to ensure sustained unity of mission and vision, and will be initially composed of five members each from the current boards of NSPF and APSP. Board members from APSP will include Chris Curcio, Scott Frost, Rich Garbee, Andrew Levinson and Donna Williams. Alliance board members from NSPF are Rob Butcher, Karl Frykman, Franceen Gonzalez, James R. Mock, and Anita Sayed, Ph.D.
The new unified board of directors plans to hold its first organizational meeting in mid-March to begin the longer term process of integration, with the goal of beginning the search for a permanent CEO, determining staffing requirements and locations for core services and programs. In the meantime, Larry Caniglia, who intended to retire as CEO of APSP this year, will stay on as interim CEO until the Alliance hires its permanent CEO. Mock — previously vice president of NSPF — will serve as The Pool & Hot Tub Foundation’s interim executive director.
“We, APSP and NSPF, are seizing the opportunity to have a greater impact,” says Bob Butcher, president of NSPF. “Under the new Alliance, our combined resources will allow us to amplify and more effectively promote the fun and benefits of swimming, of being in the water, pools and hot tubs; we will be able to put more resources into water safety; and we will be able to better protect the interests of all our stakeholders and members.”
“We recognize this is no small task we have set for ourselves,” Caniglia says. “But we also believe APSP and NSPF have extraordinarily talented staffs, with extensive industry experience, and with their help we will move forward to pool our strengths for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”