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May 2014 Blog Posts (8)

Durable & Discoloration Free Pool Plaster

There are proper steps to follow for the making of quality pool plaster, including color, quartz, and pebble finishes.  There are also improper practices that can lead to early deterioration and discoloration. Following is a ten-point checklist that will help achieve a smooth, long-lasting, and discoloration-free swimming pool plaster.

 

1. Plastering in extreme weather conditions can lead to quality and durability problems. The ACI and PCA have specifically warned against…

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Added by Kim Skinner on May 12, 2014 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

Cross-Pollination: The Potential of Industry Outreach

For as long as I can remember, the pool and spa industry has generally behaved as though pools and spas exist in a vacuum, as if they have little or nothing to do with the surrounding environment. 

Fortunately, that’s changed for many forward-thinking builders who have become sensitive to the fact that their work exists in context of the entire property. These days, many include things like outdoor kitchens, adjacent hardscape, plantings and a wide gamut of…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Innovative Marketing

 

It’s almost here — another season of industry trade shows in which we gather and do our best to train our sights on the future.

For nearly five decades, I’ve been attending these events and have had countless positive experiences…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Young Professionals Are the Life Blood of Industry Growth

I’ve always liked to think that with age comes wisdom, that as we grow older we become more of who we are.  For those of us entering our, shall we say, more wizened years, we can take comfort knowing that our experience affords us hard-won perspective and insight. 

 

Of course, age also brings with it many effects we’d all choose to forgo if we only could.  When it comes to the smarts we gain along the way, it’s equally true that many of us become rather set in our thinking.…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Servant Leader

By Vance Gillette

 

Looking at the state of our industry with an eye toward improving what we do and how we do it, I believe we are suffering from a deficit of effective leadership and have been for a long time.  I see it at all levels of the industry, from dealers to manufacturers and our trade associations, far too many of our organizations are being over managed and not effectively led. 

 

From my perspective, the void is…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

ART OF DONE

 By Vance Gillette

Long ago, way back in the 1960s during my early days working in the pool and spa industry, I adopted what you might call a professional and even personal manifesto — an approach to doing business that has served me and others very well. I concocted it myself based on characteristics I saw in other successful salespeople and business leaders and have stuck with it over the decades because of the way it’s fueled success and my own feelings of personal…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

California Drought: Why We Must Act

By Vance Gillette

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California is currently experiencing the most severe drought…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment

Economic Optimism

 

By Vance Gillette

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Economics is all about perception. If you doubt…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

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