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See You Soon!

I’m looking forward to in-person events

I’ve been to a lot of trade shows — and after a while, they all start to run together. Exhibiting is a ton of work, even for a small booth like ours. In the past, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with trade shows: I love to be there and see everyone, and I have some serious FOMO when I can’t go. But I hate how expensive and exhausting they are.

After two years of not being to one, however — I missed 2019 shows because I had a baby, and 2020 because, well, you know — I am almost giddy to get back together. I hope my in-person social skills haven’t deteriorated to the point where I embarrass myself. I’ll try not to hug everyone who walks by.

Also: 30 Under 40 is back! I’m grateful for how you’ve embraced this program. It has been a great joy to see it grow since we launched it in 2018. As a member of PHTA’s WAVE Young Professionals steering committee, I value bringing the next generation into the industry, and making sure they receive the education and mentorship they need to succeed. Programs like these that raise the profile of hard-working pros encourage others to join, and remain in, the industry.

Speaking of awards, I’m excited to announce the winners of our joint 30 Under 40 / Pool Nation young professionals. We’ll be handing out those awards in person at the Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Dallas. I joked about wearing a ball gown at the ceremony, and it turns out that might actually happen.

I hope many of you make it to the Dallas event, or one of the many others upcoming in 2022. Please stop by and say hi!

Best,
Megan Kendrick, CPO publisher
megan@kendrickcontent.com

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