Building an inclusive industry

It’s been over a year ago now that an industry colleague opened up to me about a discouraging meeting they had attended. I don’t know exactly what was said, but this person came away feeling like Latinx laborers had been openly denigrated — the very people who did the back-breaking work to keep this business running. And that is shameful.

It doesn’t feel like there’s much we as a magazine can do to change hearts and minds, but hearing about that circumstance made me want to highlight some of these hard-working pool pros.

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While pain at the pump, and other price increases and shortages are top of mind for pool service companies, the labor shortage continues to be one of the most-discussed issues in our industry. We must not turn away, discourage or discriminate against anyone who wants to work. Our industry needs to be open to all colors, creeds and nationalities. I see many companies and people in our industry making strides to do just that. I’m not going to let one bad meeting cloud the good work being done, and PoolPro will always look for ways to respect all in the industry.

Megan Kendrick, publisher

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