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Kevin Woodhurst - Advisor

3423448057?profile=originalKevin Woodhurst 

Pool Construction and Service Advisor

 

 

Kevin Woodhurst has been involved with construction and design since he was in high school over 30 years ago. An avid student of the construction trades he possess many skills beyond a design or a vision of what something should look like when it’s completed. Always willing to jump in and learn a new skill Kevin has amassed a broad range of experiences within the construction trades and beyond.


Kevin has always been a hand’s on owner or manager preferring to know and understand the processes rather than count on what others say. Kevin has gotten involved on every level not only in the pool industry but also in Landscape Design and residential construction. Kevin possesses knowledge at nearly every level and continues to be a student to everything he encounters.


After spending 13 years in the USAF and National Guard Kevin embarked on a mission committed to excellence within the construction industry before moving to Arizona in 1996 and meeting Rex Richard where the two of them worked closely together for more than 6 years.

In 2003 Kevin moved on to create an award winning pool company Precision Pools and Spas which from 2003-2007 was one of the fastest growing pool companies in America. Maintaining a flawless Registrar of Contractors record as well as creating an organization that did business in a way that many said would never work was Kevin’s primary motivation.


Kevin hired many people from outside the industry and trained them himself many of which have gone on and either started their own businesses or now hold key positions within other companies. He says he has had the privilege of working with many exceptional and talented people willing to share his vision of excellence.


Precision Pools and Spas was sold to a competing Pool Builder in 2006 and Kevin stayed on to work through the transition. In 2007 Kevin moved on to a consulting role in the industry and has continued to hone additional skills. In all Kevin has been involved one way or the other with the design, sales or supervision of nearly 4000 projects. Below is a list of some of the recognition and achievements Kevin has held or holds within the industry.       

 

CERTIFICATIONS   

·        APSP – Certified Pool Builder – CBP 2001-2007

·        APSP – Certified Pool Builder – Certified Educational Course Administrator

·        APSP – Certified Service Professional – CSP 2003-2008

·        APSP – Tech l & Tech ll (Service Tech Training) / Regular Instructor Tech l & ll

·        APSP – Certified “Professional Pool & Spa Operator” Instructor PPSOI

·        APSP – Enrolled “Business Leadership Program” BLP 

·        NSPF – Certified Pool Operator - CPO

·        NSPF – Certified Pool Operator Instructor - CPOI

·        NRPA – Certified Aquatic Facility Operator – AFO

 

MEMBERSHIP or AFFILIATIONS (Past or Present)

·        Member – Association of Pool & Spa Professional’s APSP

·        Member – Gold Member “Genesis Design Group”

·        Member – National Swimming Pool Foundation NSPF

·        Member – National Plasterers Council NPC

·        Member – Swimming Pool Water Treatment Professionals – SPWTP

·        Member – Professional Pool Operators of America

·        Member – Better Business Bureau – Phoenix BBB (Former Board Member)

·        Member – Chandler Chamber of Commerce (President’s Circle)

·        Member – Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

·        Board Of Directors – AZ Chapter of APSP - Builders Representative 2004

·        Board Of Directors – AZ Chapter of APSP - President Elect 2005

·        Board OF Directors – AZ Chapter of APSP - President 2006

·        Board Of Directors – Region IV APSP 2005-2006

·        APSP  2005 Awards of Excellence Judge (Swimming Pool Designs) New Construction & Renovations

·        APSP – Advanced Pool Builders Program (Orlando 2005)

·        APSP (National) – Builders Council Member 2005

·        APSP (National) – Builders Council Vice Chair Elect 2006

·        APSP (National) -  Builders Council  Education Committee Member 2004 -2005

·        Board of Directors – Phoenix BBB (2002)

·        Instructor – Professional Institute of Real Estate / Intro to Swimming Pools / Safety / Safe Pool Design 2000-2004

·        Trainer/Instructor – Crescendo LLC / Pool Industry Training Platform

·        Guest Speaker - Drowning Prevention Coalition – 2002 Phoenix AZ

·        Instructor/Speaker – (PPSO) International Pool & Spa Expo - 2004 Las Vegas

·        Instructor/Speaker – (Rookie School) Northeast Pool & Spa Expo (NESPA) - 2005

·        Attended – Genesis/Tisherman Design & Construction Course 2001

·        Attendee – APSP Advanced Pool Builder Programs (Multiple Years)

·        Graduate - Genesis 3 Design School 2005

·        Annual Attendee – International Pool & Spa Expo (Orlando-Las Vegas-New Orleans)

·        Regular Attendee – Western Pool & Spa Show

·        Bi-weekly Columnist – Arizona Republic – Swimming Pool Tips & Topics 2004-2006

·        Contributing Writer – www.phoenix.about.com 2004-2005

·        Founder – “Precision Pool Patrol” – Water Safety Program 2005

·        Hundreds of hours of Pool Industry continuing education both as a student and instructor

·        Multiple Features on the “Morning News” Channel 12 Phoenix concerning swimming pools

 

AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS

·        Ranked as the #1 Pool Builder in Arizona 2005 by “Ranking Arizona” Pool Builders building less than 249 pools per year (Precision Pools and Spas)

·        Ranked as the #1 Pool Builder in Arizona 2006 by “Ranking Arizona” Pool Builders building less than 249 pools per year (Precision Pools and Spas)

·        Ranked as the #1 Pool Builder in Arizona 2007 by “Ranking Arizona” Pool Builders building less than 249 pools per year (Premier Pools and Spas)

·        Ranked as one of the top 100 Pool Builders in the country by Aqua Magazine “Aqua 100” 2005 (Precision Pools and Spas)

·        Ranked as one of the top 100 Pool Builders in the country by Aqua Magazine “Aqua 100” 2006 (Precision Pools and Spas)

·        2006 Pool Builder of the Year “Pool & Spa News” with Premier Pools & Spas

·        Arizona Republic – October 2005 – State of the Pool Industry (Phoenix)

·        “Finalist” Extreme Backyard Makeover – International Pool & Spa Expo 2005 – Featured Pool November 2005 issue of Pool & Spa News

·        Winner – “Extreme Pool Makeover” Pebble Technology November 2005

·        Multiple Awards “ Design Awards” 2005 Association of Pool & Spa Professionals

·        Estates West Magazine – Jan 2006

·        Luxury Log Homes & Timber Frame Magazine – Jan 2006

·        Kevin has written over 50 articles for the “Arizona Republic” and other publications in the past. Oct – 04’ thru Mar – 06’

·        Precision Pools and Kevin were featured many times in local Phoenix area publications

·        Popular Mechanics – 6 Steps to the Perfect Pool – August 2008

·        Pool & Spa News – Featured Builder Industry Professional April 2006

·        Pool & Spa News “In my Backyard” summer 2006

·        Pool & Spa News Feb 2007 (Pollack Pool Project) “The Million Dollar Backyard Project”

·        Pool & Spa News July 2007 “ Designing for Night Time Entertaining”

·        Pool & Spa News Nov 2007 “Starry Night Lighting Effects”

·        Contributor ANSI “Suction Entrapment Standard”

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Vance Gillette - Adviser

3423447991?profile=original  VANCE A. GILLETTE

Vance Gillette has been active in the swimming pool industry for over 40 years.  He started with Arneson Products, the manufacturers of the Pool Sweep at the age of 18.  His career began in their boiler room (Telemarketing Department) “dialing for dollars”.  Vance’s early efforts helped establish the automatic pool cleaner segment of the pool industry, as we know it today.

Mr. Gillette has traveled extensively throughout the World, first as an advocate for the Pool Industry and more recently as a spokesperson for the “backyard paradise”.  He has spoken at numerous Pool Shows and other trade meetings, and has published many pieces in Pool and Spa News.  He is also affiliated with the Sales Marketing Executive Association and has completed the American Management Association Senior Executive Management course.

According to Pool and Spa News, his commentary, which appeared in a 1990 issue, evoked “the single greatest response of any editorial, idea or suggestion offered in the history of the swimming pool and spa industry” More recently his articles have covered other aspects of our business, including the political causes of “cocooning”, an analysis of how swimming pools save lives, and the trend of bundling services in the American backyard, including pools, landscaping, lighting and other lifestyle products.

Being known as the most outspoken advocate of positive promotion of pools and spas, Mr. Gillette was asked to be a guest speaker at the 1993 National Spa and Pool Institute CEO Conference, which comprised of the “who’s who” of the industry.  In addition Mr. Gillette continues to remain very active in the National Spa and Pool Institute by serving on the Strategic Planning Committee and having previously served on the Manufacturer’s Council and Promote Committee.

Vance Gillette is famous for his relentless pursuit and dedication in delighting the customer and growing the swimming pool and spa industries.

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Monique Nelson - Adviser

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Monique Nelson

Flexible Solutions, since 2006

Liquid Pool Cover Expert

Sales & Marketing Consultant


Monique is a relative new comer to the Pool Industry, but has incorporated herself into a niche that has allowed her to become an expert very quickly.

 

Working for Flexible Solutions, the manufacturer of the original liquid solar pool covers Heatsavr and Ecosavr, Monique a sales and marketing consultant. Recently, she has been focused largely on incorporating new ways of thinking into a very traditional sales and marketing approach.

 

Pursuing a self-directed education in social media, Monique expands her knowledge of Social Networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many others on a daily basis. She has chosen to share her research and findings with the Pool Genius Network as the Twitter Advisor. You can also find her Opinions on her blog, http://moniquenelson.wordpress.com

 

Monique lives by the belief that the quickest and most effective way to learn new skills is to teach those skills to others.



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Merry Wise - Adviser

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Merry Wise
Co-Owner, Retail Manager
Wise Pools, Texas

Merry Wise has been co-owner of Wise Pools, a multi-award-winning swimming pool and spa construction and retail company located near Houston, Texas for over 36 years.  She is also a professional writer, authoring Cruising through Pool Care the Wise Way, a definitive book for pool owners sold nationally through distribution and used by pool companies all over the country to sell to their pool owners. 

She has written articles for Aqua Magazine, , Houston House and Home, The Houston Chronicle, The Courier, and other local and national publications.  She is a graduate of the University of Houston and has done postgraduate work at Sam Houston University, taught English, history and English as a second language and worked for many years in all aspects of the pool and spa business.

Wise Pools is an Aqua 100 Hall of Fame company, selected five times in a row as one of Aqua’s 100 Best Pool Companies in the U.S., has received the Better Business Bureau’s Torch of Excellence Award, the Chamber small business award, Community College District small business award, and over 1000 swimming pool and spa design awards, among its many honors. Merry is the mother of three grown children, two grandchildren and counting, and lives in a rural area near Houston, Texas.



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Piscine Global Expo 2014










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Piscine Global 2014 - 18-21 november 2014 - Eurexpo Lyon
 
  Visit the leading exhibition dedicated to the pool and spa industry!  
  Come and meet your suppliers and discover the latest market trends and innovations  
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  In 2014, Piscine Global is offering a complete, exhaustive and international range of products and services in three sectors, with more than 1000 brands present:  
 
PISCINE
 
PISCINE
dedicated to construction, equipement and renovation of private pools and spas
 
Piscine Water Tests :
Discover the new products in a real-life situation on the pool demonstrations area.
 
Showroom Academy :
Visit a real fitted-out showroom at the exhibition.
Top 100, Pool Eco attitude :
100 product launches in 4 days.
 
More informations ►
 
AQUALIE
 
AQUALIE
dedicated to construction, equipement and renovation of private pools, aquatic centres and wellness centres
 
Special days for Public Authorities:
On 18 and 19 November come and take part in the Special days: Technical visits, round tables, forums, etc…
 
The special “Camp site” day:
On 20 November benefit from a special day dedicated to the swimming pool projects for camp sites: welcome coffee, forums, conference…
 
More informations ►
 
 
LIVING POOL
Living Pool, specializing in outlook fittings/furniture and pool surroundings
Expo Déco Living Pool: A selection of lighting, furrnishing and decoration products set out in a real garden designed by Paysalia 2013’s Master Gardener.
 
  Make the most of Piscine Global services!  
  Find out on the website the thematic visitors routes (public pools, export, outdoor facilities, etc ...), a free business meetings service (Speed Meetings), the conferences program, the list of exhibitors…  
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Exhibitors List
practical Information
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Ken Rogner - Adviser

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Ken Rogner
POOLCORP, Corporate Sales Trainer


Ken Rogner graduated from General Motors Institute in 1965 with a degree in Industrial Management but left GM in 1967 and has been in the swimming pool industry ever since.  He began the wholesale division of Cinderella Inc. in Michigan in 1969 and worked with that company for 17 years. He sold his share of that company and in 1986 joined three other partners in the acquisition of Benson Pump Co, headquartered in Rockford, IL.  He was the President of that equipment distribution company for the next 13 years.

On Jan 7, 1999 the sale of Benson Pump to SCP (today’s POOLCORP) was completed and Ken had a two-year contract to help facilitate the consolidation of Benson’s 20 distribution centers with the SCP network.  In the summer of 2000 Ken began working with the Director of Sales Development as a Regional Sales Development Manager and eventually became POOLCORP’s Corporate Sales Trainer in 2005.

Many of the classes Ken teaches are web-seminars but he also teaches “live” classes (about ten various Boot Camps per year) at the EDGE in Plano, TX.  The EDGE is POOLCORP’s state-of-the-art training center.  He also helped in developing a number of sales workbooks that the company uses as well as a series of webinars that teach all of the company’s B2B and CRM technologies.   He has also had a number of his sales-education articles published in Sales and Service Excellence magazine.

Ken and his wife (of 45 years) Pat love to travel and have visited every continent (except Antarctica) and more than 80 different countries. They say, however, that there are still lots of places left on their “Bucket List” so they are not about to quit traveling.






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Mat Luebbers - Adviser

3423447975?profile=originalMat Luebbers  
  About.com Guide to Swimming since 1999

Mathew Luebbers, a full-time swim coach, works with all ages and skill levels of competitive swimmers, fitness swimmers, and triathletes, from novice-level swimmers to national age-group champions to record-setters.

Experience:

Mat is currently the Head Coach for the Marine Corp Community Services Semper Fit Aquatics Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team in Japan. His past coaching duties include stints with the highly ranked Appleton YMCA Marlins Swim Team, Lake Forest Swim Club, Lake Forest College Swimming and Diving, and the Libertyville Wildcat Swim Club. Besides swimming, Mat also enjoys cycling, triathlons, and the occasional marathon.

Education:

    * Master of Sports Science (United States Sports Academy).
    * AB in Biology (Ripon College).
    * Multiple USA Swimming Workshops at the USOTC.
    * American Swim Coaches Association Certified Coach (Level 5).
    * USA Triathlon Certified Coach (Level 1).
    * ACE Certified Personal Trainer.
    * Certified Pool Operator.
    * Past Coach, Team Illinois.
    * Past Staff Member, USS Age Group Camps.
    * Past WSI Swim Coach's Rep.
    * Past USAS Delegate.

From Mat Luebbers:

Swimming and triathlons are among the healthiest lifelong activities available, with opportunities open to all levels of athletes, novice to world's best. I want to share swimming information with you that contributes to your enjoyment and improvement.

References:

    * Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team
      Email message exchange system for the Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team on Okinawa, Japan.
    * Okinawa Multisport
      Email message exchange system for triathletes, cyclists, runners, swimmers on Okinawa.
    * MCCS Semper Fit Aquatics - Swim Team
      The Okinawa Dolphins Swim Team has events and competitions scheduled throughout the year.
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Pool Genius Network - Faculty and Advisers

Rex Richard - Site Creator/Administrator
Business Strategies and Tactics, Marketing, Sales, General Pool Knowledge

Ray Cronise - Adviser
Science, Technology, Product Development, Visual Media

Brett Abbott - Adviser
Marketing Strategies and Tactics

Mario Rossetti - Adviser
Sales Strategies and Tactics

Kevin Woodhurst - Adviser
Pool Construction and Service

Ken Rogner - Adviser
Distributor Relations

Mark Richter - Adviser
Construction Management Systems

Maureen Williams - Adviser
Drowning Prevention

Merry Wise - Adviser
Retail Management

Monique Nelson - Adviser
Twitter and Social Networking

Phil Saltzman - Adviser
Pool Covers

Vance Gillette - Adviser
Pool Industry Promotion and Manufacturer Relations

Steve Barnes - Adviser
Pool Codes, Standards, and Product Safety  

Steven J. Gorlin - Adviser
Pool Service Education and Hot Tub Sales

Steve Getzoff - Adviser
Legal and Mediation

Tom Lachocki- Adviser
Aquatic Health and Research

Mike Herman - Adviser
Pool Finance and Banking

Mat Luebbers - Adviser
Fitness, Health, and Recreational Swimming

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Mark Richter - Adviser



Mark Richter
Vice President / Sales and Marketing
Pool Pro Office
sales@poolprooffice.com
321-574-0358

Mark has enjoyed being involved in the swimming pool business for over 23 years. His creative and innovated ideas have assisted him as an industry leader in pool design, sales, marketing and office and project management.

Inspired to create a more efficient operating system for pool builders Mark envisioned and oversaw development of the industries first pool office management and scheduling program Pool Pro office.

Now he enjoys assisting pool builders manage their operations more efficiently and profitably thru technology.

Pool Pro Office Merritt Island, Florida
Vice President / sales and marketing of the industries leading
project management solution.

Blue Marlin Pools Melbourne, Florida
Vice President and sales manager for 13 years
Award winning pool designer and top 50 pool builder

Palm Bay Pools Palm Bay Florida
Award winning pool designer for 10 years

Landscape designer and site development
Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida

Visual artist and interior store designer for 8 years
Awards and accomplishments

Creative pool designer of over 80 regional and international
design awards

Sales manager for Blue Marlin Pools a top 50 pool builder

Featured in Pool and Spa News

Featured in Filemaker success story

Charter member of Paramount’s P.A.C.E. Advisory Committee

Gerson Lehman Council

Pool Genius Network Adviser


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Phil Saltzman - Adviser

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Phil Saltzman, National Director of Sales
Meyco Pool Covers

            I grew up around pools.  Even as a kid, you might have even said it was inevitable I’d work in the swimming pool industry.  From the time I was 8 years old, I worked on swimming pools.  My parents bought a Doughboy above ground pool at that time.  As the oldest of four boys, it became my responsibility to take care of that pool (I.e., vacuuming, chemicals, etc.). 


When my parents moved to a larger home, they also “moved up” to an inground swimming pool by purchasing a Heldor pool for their Long Island home.  It was also at this time, as my knowledge of pools grew, that I started offering basic pool service to some of my neighbors, as well as customers along a well established newspaper route I kept as a teenager.  Even when I went away to college, I would spend my Summers and Winters working at the Harrows retail store in Melville running their water test counter and promoting chemicals and other pool products sold by that large retailer (as well as their Christmastime products).

            When I finally graduated from college (with degrees in History and Economics), it did not dawn on me that I would be heading back to the swimming pool industry.  However, after less than a year of working for a major New York bank, I made the realization that the pool industry could hold some wonderful opportunities for me.  It was at that time I was hired by a major manufacturer of safety covers.  That was nearly 20 years ago.  Since that time, I have embarked on a career involving sales, marketing, tech support, and field training for safety swimming pool covers.  I concede that I still learn new aspects about this wonderful product and from the many people I work with.  And I am happy to share the information and experiences I have gleaned through the years.  I am now the National Director of Sales for Meyco Pool Covers, the inventor or founder of the safety cover (since 1957). 

 

            If you have any needs, questions, or concerns regarding safety covers, I will do my best to offer you a solution, advice, or suggestion on how to best deal with your unique situation.


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Steve Davis - Faculty

3423448011?profile=original Steve Davis - Faculty and Advisor
IT, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining,
Advanced Programming, and SEO


EDUCATION:


B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, 1987

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL, 1987



SPECIAL TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS:


DAU Classes for Systems and Software Engineering (SPRDE) 2008

Rational Apex Ada, Testmate 2007

CMMI Level II Certification, 2006-2007

COLSA Engineer/Scientist of the Year 2005

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer for NT 4.0 (Microsoft), 1999

Cisco Network Engineer (Cisco), 1999

Orbital Mechanics and Constellation Design (George Washington University Extension) 1996

Macintosh and Windows Lisp Instructor (Symbolics, MIT), 1995

Symbolics Lisp Instructor (Symbolics, MIT), 1987


 

EXPERIENCE: 


SUMMARY:


Steve Davis has 25 years software and systems engineering experience. He provides software engineering methods to support customer’s concepts as software architect and numerous engineering management roles. Steve’s engineering and management experience has been applied to the US Army, Army Aviation, NASA, Missile Defense, and commercial companies. Entrepreneur activities include broad IT related fields including establishment of local and nationwide Internet Service Providers and Application Service Providers for both startup and established businesses. 



March 2004 to Present

COLSA Corporation, Huntsville, AL


March 2004 to Present

Systems & Software Engineer.  Current responsibilities include extending SED's CAAS Tactical Software Development Lab to execute SOA Test Coverage Analysis (TCA) task for 5V1 Flight Worthiness Qualification. Efforts include design and building software, hardware, negotiate contracts, and develop procedures to execute TCA. This also involves understanding Rockwell Collins ASL and 1553 test products, most notably Common Simulation Environment (CSE) and Virtual Integrated Software Testbed for Avionics (VISTA). Software languages Ada95 and Python are also used. Understanding of Solaris 8 and Rational APEX for Ada are needed for this task. A parallel software engineering effort into the study of a CAAS Common Digital Map for PEOAVN was also investigated and results were written into a report for PEO evaluation.


Prior responsibilities included providing the Army’s RDEC with engineering management, systems engineering, and software engineering support to define, design, build, and operate the Aviation Systems Integration Facility (ASIF). Provide software Tasks include presiding over the Software Requirements IPT and attending all other IPT’s. Served as Program Integrator for Lockheed Martins Orlando Army Technology Integration Center (ATIC) ATIC was to provide the core analysis capability for ASIF through engineering and Comanche residual program hardware. Provided management oversight, attended IBR, IPR, and reported directly to Army customer. Software manager for ASIF Systems Analysis Suite (ASAS). Manage six software engineers and three engineering sub-contract in the design and development of real-time and post process software tools to satisfy ASIF’s 5 Use-Cases. Serve as SME for ASIF in SEI’s AADL toolset. Technical manager for ASIF Tactical Software Development Lab. Serve as technical point of contact for ASIF sub-contract to SED to design and build CAAS AADL. Serve as technical lead on COLSA prime contract to Rockwell Collins for ASIF CAAS OFP Software Development contract. Technically serve as SME on CAAS and CAAS OFP to ASIF Army customer. For the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), served as SME in C4ISR, DoDAF, and GIG project manager and technical lead to the Missile Defense Performance Integrator (MDPI) program. Attended Requirements Engineering IPT’s and served as engineering executor for Task 216 “Integrating GMD into MDSE.”


January 2004 to March 2004

BG Smith and Associates 


UNITeS Phase-In Manager. Managed the startup of BG Smith and Associates engineering services. Tasked to manage the transition of NASA’s Central Payroll Office employees from DIS (Distributed Information Systems) subcontract under PRISMS into a subcontract with SAIC UNITeS Marshall Center Wide IT Support.  Responsibilities included interviewing, hiring, and managing incumbent employees, generation of all benefits packages and review of all contract documents and budgets.  Creation of 3-year plus 2 option year plans.  Regular interfacing with NASA customer, employees, and SAIC executive management.



June 2001 to October 2003

TCNS


IT Manager Provide IT consulting to: Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation, All Seasons Heating and Air-conditioning, Southern Equipment Rentals, Bill Smith and Associates and Huntsville Podiatry Center.  Presided as Subject Matter Expert for all IT related activities.  Concentration in planning, procurement, disaster recovery, client/server, WAN, MAN and LAN planning and preplanning as well as health and status of all systems and networks



June 2001 to October 2003

Techni-Core Engineering


Engineering Consultant.  Provide IT and engineering support to Techni-Core Engineering as a Data Link Gateway operator.  Coordinate/Control Test Data Collection and perform extensive Data Analysis on Link-16 (TADIL-J) Message Data.  Installation, Configuration, Data Analysis, Testing of Data Link Gateway Link-16 emulating the Army 2M Terminal.  This includes a thorough understanding of JTIDS Networks, TADIL-J Message Format, the X.25 protocol and interface, and the 1553 Bus interface.



October 2002 to December 2003

Morgan Research


Technical Analyst.  Perform as a Technical Analyst for software development and maintenance in support of the AMCOM Environmental, Engineering and Logistics Oversight (EELO) Office (Environmental Technology Cell).  Work emphasizes maintaining and enhancing the Environmental document System (EDS) which facilitates document changes identifying Ozone Depleting Chemicals (ODC) and SD-14 class toxins replacements to meet Environmental Protection Agency regulations.  This system operates using SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Access database management systems (client/server application).  Strong RDBMS and Visual Basic skills required.  Letter of Commendation from Morgan Research for work performed March 2003.



January 2002 to December 2005

Network Industries, Inc.


IT Manager.  Provide Tier 1 management for the development and deployment of an Internet based, Tracking Application Service for the container and trucking industry.  Serve as Subject Matter Expert for three-dimensional scheduling on time and material based loop scheduling.  Developed Milk Run exception scheduling algorithm’s for Just-In-time shipments of parts and waypoint tracking of hard assets.  This system is developed using MS SQL Server 2000 Enterprise, ASP and IIS and is deployed using Java and Serial-IO for accessing data scanned using Handheld’s Dolphin 7200 batch scanners.  This system rivals UPS or FedEx web based tracking system.  Carter Express and Delco Remy are currently subscribed and are the trucking company and primary supplier for GM in the Northeast US.



January 2000 to September 2001

East West Enterprise


Engineer Provide electrical engineering and VLSI consulting to Mentor Graphics on COLSA’s Myrinet implementation of a very-fast highly-parallel network topology concept for BMC3I communications.  Additional tasks included writing HP/UNIX DEVICE DRIVERS FOR THE Myrinet PCI NIC card, design, development and implementation of a Windows program to test the COLSA chipset design.  COLSA, Dr. John Hays was the project lead.

An SBIR was won by EWE to develop an interactive profiling and custom tailored information visualization technique, to build a semi-autonomous Command Post which can rapidly and intuitively provide critical information to the commander based upon his individual profile.  The title of the proposal is: Individual Profile Centered Interactive Tailored Information Visualization for Semi-Autonomous Command Post.  My involvement stemmed around interviewing the subject matter experts who were Neuro-Linguistic professors and then developing Battle Command software to interact with the user in either a kinesthetic, audile or visual manner.  Each person can be classified as one of these types of user and it was the software responsibility to change the interface and adapt to its user.  The software was developed using MS Visual C++ and the subject’s were tank commanders at the Battle Command Battle Laboratory in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.



March 2000 to September 2000

NASA MSFC


Engineering Consultant. Assist the Cost and Analyst Center with engineering analysis of OSAMS software, and its deployment and re-hosting on to Windows, Solaris, Macintosh platforms using C++, and Rational Rose UML.



June 1999 to September 1999

National Child Advocacy Center


IT Consultant.  Functional and redevelopment effort on upgrading the Center’s Pedophile Tracking database.  This database is used by the Madison County DA’s office to track and report on current and past offenders.  The implementation was developed in Access 95 and Upgraded to Access 97 to be able to use advanced security and locking features.



October 1996 to September 1998

NASA MSFC

Consulting Engineer.  Operations Simulation and Analysis Modeling System (OSAMS) began as an effort to envelop several tools NASA had to manage its forecasting of new innovative launch vehicle programs.  COCOMO is a tool used by MSFC to cost new and current vehicles, concept vehicles, engine costs, administration, management and life cycle costs.  OSAMS in partnership with Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Igou Engineering and TelePresence were tasked with taking several center-oriented tools and integrating them into one tool to be used on Windows and Macintosh platforms.  My involvements was to lead the cross-development effort on both platforms and using the Lisp environment, integrate both the CASEMM tool kit and develop an independent source code library to cross-compile onto PC and Mac computers.  The evolution of this effort was the CLVA development environment.



October 1993 to September 1998

VEDA, Inc.


Consulting Engineer. NASA Goddard Code 501 Mission Support and Data Systems Directorate Support.  Implementation of a Lisp based Satellite program modeling using CASEMM in Lisp for Windows.  The NASA Computer-Aided System Engineering and Management Model is a tool used by NASA Goddard to simulate then forecast tasking events for the satellite constellations they manage.  The model also aids in the “what-if scenarios for future events and costing fluctuations imposed by Congress.  Was required to take an orbital mechanics class, taught by Dr. Bob Nelson from the University of Maryland.  The title of the course and certificate are; “Orbital Mechanics and Constellation Design”.



June 1988 to September 1993

Advanced Technology Inc.


Staff Engineer Primary responsibilities included the design and implementation of SymTools, a knowledge-based simulation and modeling software in Symbolics Lisp.  My main focus was on Macintosh, Windows and network support for the Smart Weapons Management at the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal TMIS/CMIS program office.  The main effort here was to develop a database in Apple’s FileMaker for the classification and tracking of new programs that we classified as ‘Smart Weapons’.



June 1983 to May 1988

University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL


Research Associate Programming and knowledge engineering emphasis on Expert Systems analysis using Symbolics Knowledge Autonomous Test Engineer and NASA’s Automated Reasoning Tool.  Performed detailed engineering work for NASA on new effort into Microgravity research.  This research involved developing Intel 8086 electronically controlled furnaces to heat then cool rods of crystals.  I also participated in the KC-135 parabolic flight test to certify the project prior to entry onto the Shuttle.  First experiment lost on final challenger flight.  Wrote white paper on the need for 3-dimensional scheduling software to meet Boeing Seattle Aircraft plant as a planning tool for packing cargo airplanes.  Was awarded a contract to develop Lisp based software titled Dynamic Payload Scheduler.  This schedule engine is now called Packman and survives in parts that are used in Boeing Aircraft’s container business.  Originally developed an Apple Basic application for the Alabama Department of Education on State Competency Tests for K-6.

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Steven J. Gorlin - Adviser

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Steven J. Gorlin, CBP, CSP, CPO 
3244 Ridgeway Blvd.
Manchester, NJ  08733
Home 732-657-1043
Office: 732-323-8200 * Fax: 732-323-0202 * e-mail: sgorlin@gorlinpools.com
                                                                             
President, Gorlin Pools and Spas                                                                  1999 - Present

Steven J Gorlin and Company, Inc dba Gorlin Pools and Spas was incorporated in March, 1999 with one used Toyota pick up, one employee, and an office in the basement of our house. By the end of that year the business was in the black. Debt free with 3 employees and an assortment of mechanical, office, and vehicle assets. By the middle of 2001 we moved out of the house and into the office we currently occupy at 684 Route 70 Lakehurst, NJ 08733.
Our Mission – Effectively aligning our company to empower our managers with trusted partners who support our client’s lifelong safety and enjoyment of their water environment.
Our most valuable asset is our 25 skilled, professional, effective employees who with 12 radio control vehicles, service 6 counties in New Jersey including Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean as a premier renovation, service, and maintenance company.  Our employees receive year round training both in house and through continuing adult education college, (APSP) Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, (NSPF) National Swimming Pool Foundation.
Five of our business success assets include “3 Year Strategic Business Plan”, “Employee Handbook”, “Operations Manual”, “Organizational Chart” and “Marketing Plan”.
The “3 Year Strategic Business Plan” has an annual revolving review, so we are always projecting current and 3 years ahead. Last year our “Steering Committee” began working on our new plan. The committee includes one employee from each level of our organization.
The Operations manual includes “Procedures” for each “Job Description” on our “Organizational Chart”. Each employee is responsible for working in his job and “on” his job. Working “on” his job includes writing and improving the procedures he follows to effectively complete his work and support his customer’s lifelong safety and enjoyment of their water environment.
We have over 10,000 pools in our data base. We install gunite, fiberglass, and vinyl liner pools. We have renovated hundreds of concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass pools and we maintain 1200 pools per month and close over 1000 pools each season. We are uniquely positioned as a “PREMIER” warranty service center for all the major and some minor manufacturers in the swimming pool and hot tub industry. This intentional positioning affords us the continued education offered by the engineers and trainers of our industry’s best, keeping “Gorlin Pools” on the cutting edge of technology and ahead of the learning curve of all other competitors in our market. In 2005, we announced the opening of our custom concrete pool construction division. Providing consulting, design, and building services to customers with discriminating taste, caviar dreams, and substantial budgets.
 

Pool Town Inc.                                                                        1991 – 1999
Service Manager.

Launched the Pool Town Inc. Service Department with no employees and one truck in January of 1991. By year’s end, the department had grown to three employees and a $200,000 volume. By 1998, the department had grown to 25 employees and a volume of $1.75 million. Responsibilities include controlling costs and increasing profitability; employee training and education; consumer relations; inventory control; accounts receivable; payroll control; managing all resources including human, machine, vehicle, tool and equipment; marketing; develop procedures for running the service department; develop job descriptions, create telephone scripts; employee moral and department leadership; computer instruction; security and loss prevention; and safety including the handling of hazardous materials.
•    Created structure and strategic direction for department
•    Developed a marketing, merchandising and “customer first” campaign and policies to grow the department from a miniscule enterprise to a highly competitive, high-profit business in six years.
•    Developed a book of policies and procedures to run the Service Department
•    Introduced computer networking to dispatching, scheduling and accounting through to the general ledger

Crystal Clear Pool Service                                                                                 1987-1990
Co-founder/Partner/Service Manager.
Co-founded pool Service Company in 1987 with only two employees. Within two years, built the business to six employees and 500 customers.  Sold interest to partner in 1991 to pursue Pool Town opportunity.

Industrial Air and Hydraulics                                                                           1983 -1987
Inside Sales.
Hydraulic systems design, Odessa, Texas

Chemtrust Industries                                                                                        1979 -1983
District Sales Manager and Sales Trainer.
Chicago, Illinois

Kirby Vacuum Cleaners                                                                                    1973 -1979
Sales Person.
Self-employed vacuum cleaner sales person with S & J Vacuum, Odessa, Texas.

Branch Brook Co. Newark, NJ –                                                                      1969 -1971
Employee / Manager

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

(APSP) Association of Pool and Spa Professionals
•    Metro Chapter
    Past secretary, treasurer, vice president, president, and past president
    Past chairman – education committee
    Past chairman – special funding committee
    Past Chairman – programming committee
    Metro Chapter delegate on the Region board

•    Region I – (NESPA) Northeast Spa and Pool Association
    Director to the APSP Board of Directors
President – 2005-2006
    Past secretary, treasurer, vice president, president, past president
    Past chairman – finance committee
    Past chairman – Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show
    Past chairman – education committee
    Past chairman – special funding committee
    Past chairman – real estate task force
    Member Atlantic City Pool and Spa show committee
    Chairman – search committee
    Member of the ¼ century club
    Judge of the NESPA Design awards
    Member Tech I traveling team of trainers
Seminar moderator
Administrator - Certified Pool Builder
Instructor - Certified Pool builder
Instructor - Certified Service Professional
Instructor – Tech I, Tech II
Liaison – Membership and member benefits super committee

•    National Level (committees, board or official roles)
    Board of Directors – 2008 - 2011
Chairman – Hot Tub Council – 2008-2009
Past Chairman – Strategic Planning Committee
Career Institute – Board of Regents
Past-Chairman Hot Tub Council 2006-2007
Past secretary, vice chairman, past chairman Hot Tub Council
    Director Hot Tub Council   
    Chairman – Hot Tub Council education committee
    Co-Chairman – Certified Hot Tub Technician Program and Manual
    Co-Author – Hot Tub Technician manual
    Member of the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Networking Conference
    Seminar moderator

•    SP1 – Connecticut Plumbing & Piping Limited Contractor #281339
•    Certified Service Professional (CSP) – Association of Pool and Spa Professionals
•    Certified Building Professional (CBP) - Association of Pool and Spa Professionals
•    Certified Pool Operator (CPO) – National Swimming Pool Foundation 08-84578
•    New Jersey Home improvement contractor #13VH00046300
•    National Plasters Council #893
•    Speaker – Atlantic City Pool and Spa Show
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TRAINER – SPEAKER – INSTRUCTOR – MOTIVATOR
Tech I
Tech II
Vinyl liner pool construction
Business Planning and Finance
Technical training for non technical employees
Rookie School
Winterization
Effective customer service
Standards, codes and permits
Scheduling and dispatching
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EDUCATION, HONORS, AWARDS

Over 200 CEU’s accumulated since starting in the APSP Tech program in 1990.
1999 – Presidents Award – Metro Chapter
2000 – 2001 – Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award – Region I
Numerous articles published in the Metro Chapter Metrospectives and the Region I Update newspapers.
1969 – 1973 College of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas
1971 – Farleigh Dickenson University
2006 NESPA Service Company of Excellence
NESPA Design Awards multiple winner
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OTHER PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member – (PPOA) Professional Pool Operators of America
Member – (NPC) National Plasters Council
Member – (APSP) Association of Pool and Spa Professionals
Member – (NESPA) Northeast Spa and Pool Association
Member – (BBB) Better Business Bureau
Member – (ACI) American Concrete Institute
Member – (NSC) National Safety Council
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Steve Barnes - Adviser

3423447987?profile=originalSteve Barnes
Product Manager, Safety and Compliance
Pentair Water Pool and Spa


Chairman, Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) Technical Committee
Chairman, APSP - 10 Standard for Swimming Pool and Spa Pump Energy Efficiency
Member, ANSI/APSP - 7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance
    (Adopted by: 2009 I-Codes, State of Florida, and other states and jurisdictions)
Member, ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 Standard for Suction Outlet Fittings
    (Adopted by reference: Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Act, ANSI-7, & most states)
Member, ASME/ANSI A112.19.17 Safety Vacuum Release Standard (SVRS)
    (Adopted by VGB, ANSI-7, and I-Codes prior to 2009)
Member, ASTM F15.51 standards for swimming pool suction safety
Member, ASTM F2386 standard for Safety Vacuum Release Systems
    (Adopted by VGB and ANSI-7)
Member, ASTM F2208 standard specification for Pool Alarms

Steve Barnes has been active in swimming pool research and development for over 24 years.  His career began as a lab Technician for Caretaker Systems, rising to become Director of Research & Development.  Mr. Barnes holds eighteen Patents, the first of which comes from research focused on cleaning, circulation, and suction safety systems.  

Twelve years after joining the pool industry, Mr. Barnes founded Innovate by Design where he enjoyed success working as a sole proprietor, designing several pool industry products.  These years working alone proved to be transformational, teaching the value of like-minded organizations, something he missed despite financial success. 

Acting on this realization, he joined Paramount Pool and Spa Systems, a team of extremely motivated professionals that demand the best of each other.  This came at a time when the pool industry found itself under the media microscope following several tragic suction entrapment accidents.  While following the developing story he observed the solutions being promoted were narrowly focused on one of the known hazards.

By attending the first NSPI symposium for suction entrapment avoidance, it became clear only a handful of people understood suction and what was really causing entrapment injuries.  One of those was Ray Cronise, a retired NASA scientist demonstrating the physics of suction, sending the one solution crowd into a tizzy.  With Mr. Cronise’s encouragement and the support of Paramount, Mr. Barnes volunteered to share twenty-years of uniquely focused experience in the hope of helping an industry solve a growing crisis. 

It did not take long for Mr. Barnes and Paramount to recognize this was an expensive endeavor, making the move to Pentair Water Pool and Spa a natural solution for achieving goals much larger than any individual.  Pentair had several people working in this public arena while wearing multiple hats, and with two approaching retirement there was a need for more help.  The result was a new, full time position, Product Manager, Safety and Compliance, the position Mr. Barnes fill today.  In open discussions with Paramount, they encouraged Mr. Barnes to make the move in the hopes he could best use his experience as a researcher and innovator. 

This is only part of what motivated Mr. Barnes to work in the arena of codes and standards; the other reason is professional fireworks.  Yes, fireworks.

The same year, Mr. Barnes began his pool industry career, his girlfriend’s family invited him to help shoot a fireworks display for a large wedding.  At the time her family owned Fireworks Productions of Arizona, a professional pyrotechnical company, designing, producing and discharging fireworks displays throughout Arizona.  With the first boom, Mr. Barnes was hooked and soon he was helping shoot fireworks several weekends a month.  Over the course of two decades he and his team have come to produce at least two televised fireworks displays each year. The Fiesta Bowl Block Party, which rings in the new year, and another celebrating America’s Independence Day with a 40 minute display synchronized to music.

What is the connection between fireworks and swimming pool safety you ask? The answer is permits, codes and inspectors. 

Professional fireworks, being dangerous and highly regulated, require the knowledge and application of safety standards and codes.  Before the show can light up the sky, the pyrotechnician and the fire inspector must agree all codes and standards have been followed.  As with pool codes, there is room for interpretation, and without the inspectors agreement and permission, there is no show.  After 24 years, Mr. Barnes understands the importance of applied safety, knowing the law, and how it will be applied by the inspector.  His goal is to share this insight so everyone can share in extreme success, while protecting public safety.
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Mike Hermann - Adviser

3423448017?profile=original Michael K. Herman (Mike)
President, Opyne Capital Corporation

Mike has over four decades in consumer lending, specializing in swimming pool loans.

Early in his career, Mike spent time in management positions with some of the nations leading lenders including, First Interstate Bank, Citibank, and Well Fargo Bank.

Having a reputation within the banking community for producing profitable portfolios, Mike was called upon by various regional banks to produce swimming pool loan portfolios of varying sizes.  In 1986 while completing a bank project the nations largest swimming pool dealer contacted Mike to create a finance office to facilitate increased pool sales.

Realizing the opportunity, Mike assembled the team of swimming pool lending experts that became Opyne Capital Corporation.

Opyne was the first comprehensive finance office specifically focused upon the pool lending market.  In less than a year empowered by the new finance office the large pool builder increased financing approval rates from less than 30% to over 90%.

Opyne Capital Corporation, d.b.a. "Finance Office", grew from that point into an office servicing more than 100 pool dealers in 8 states, and a leader in "online" credit application processing for the swimming pool industry.

In response to the current credit crisis, Mike has designed a "self insured" pool financing program that is currently being negotiated for approval with several banks and finance sources.

 
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Steve Getzoff - Adviser

3423448006?profile=original  Steven B. Getzoff, Adviser
Legal and Mediation


120 Broadway                                         33 Mt. View Avenue
New York, New York 10271                  Ardsley, New York  10502
(212) 341-4345                                       Tel No: 914/693/6923

 
EDUCATION

BA    State University of New York at Albany    Magna Cum Laude, 1979
JD    State University of New York at Buffalo    Cum Laude, 1982


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

LESTER SCHWAB KATZ & DWYER, Litigation Partner,
        1982 – Present
Admitted to the Bar 1982 – New York, United States District Courts
Eastern & Southern Districts, 1992 – United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Specialization in Product Liability, Premises Liability, Aquatic Injuries, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust, Securities Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Analysis of Building Codes, National and Regional Coordination of Multi-State Litigation for Major Manufacturers.

Clients include Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, Clorox, Pacific Industries, Wilsonart International, Katy Industries.

LECTURER

“Peace of Mind at the bottom of the Pool.” Presented to National Plasterer’s Council, Orlando, FL, February, 2008

PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS: HOW TO AVOID LIABILITY TRAPS, International Pool and Spa Expo  Orlando, FL, November, 2007

PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS: HOW TO AVOID LIABILITY TRAPS, Northeast Spa and Pool Association Atlantic City, NY,  January 2007

Codes and Contractors: Las Vegas, NV International Pool and Spa Expo                               November, 2006

Mediation: The Last Opportunity for a Win Win Situation Northeast Spa and Pool Association, Atlantic City, NJ, January 2006

Mediation: The Last Opportunity for a Win Win Situation International Pool and Spa Expo,  Las Vegas NY, December, 2004            

“Product Liability Litigation”  for the New York State Bar Association
Syracuse, N.Y. - - April, 1994

Product Liability Litigation”  for the New York State Bar Association
Buffalo, N.Y. - - April, 1994

“How to Reduce and Live With Sports Litigation: A Practical and Legal Analysis” presented to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association, Miami, Florida, June, 1993

“Litigation Prevention and Survival If It Happens” - -  presented at the National Spa & Pool Institute International Expo ’98, New Orleans, LA.  – October, 1998

“Product Liability & Risk Management” - -  presented to the National Spa & Pool Institute International Expo ’94, New Orleans, LA, November, 1994

“How to Defend a Diving Injury: A Practical and Legal Analysis” - - presented at The Aquatic Safety Liability Symposium, Montclair, N.J.  May, 1993

PUBLICATIONS

“Protecting Your Business”  APSP Quarterly, Summer, 2008 .

“Navigating Rough Waters: A Guide to Defending Pool and Spa-Related Injury Suits,” For the Defense, January, 2005;

“Confronting Jurors’ Hindsight Bias,” For the Defense, December 2001;

“Securities Fraud Suits again Threaten to Become RICO Battlegrounds,” For the Defense, April, 2005;

“Military Contractors and Failure to Warn Claims,” Volume 210, No. 63, New York Law Journal, September 29, 1993;

“Inspecting the Product:  A Defendant’s Perspective,” Products Liability Advisory, November, 1994, Issue No. 69;

“Defense Considerations Regarding Product Authentications,” Products Liability Advisory, February, 1996, Issue No. 84;

“Insurance Coverage for Civil RICO Claims against Professionals:  The Impact of Recent Developments,”  Tort and Insurance Law Journal, Volume XXV111, Number 3;
“The Implications of ‘Lampf’ for RICO Litigation,” Volume 207, No. 21, New York Law Journal, January 31, 1992;

“Lopez and its Progeny: The Erosion of the Robinson Rule,” Volume 63, no. 3, New York State Bar Association, 1991;

“The Shallow Dive: An Open and Obvious Danger,” For the Defense, November, 1991;

“Early Dismissal of Securities Fraud Claims Against Attorneys: A Guide for Counsel and Insurers,” Federation of Insurance and Corporation Counsel Quarterly, Winter, 1992;

“Determining What Services are ‘Medically Necessary’,” NYLJ 1996.

“Defending the Design Defect Case, Strategic Considerations,” -  Products Liability in New York, Chapter 8;  New York State Bar Association, 1997

“The Role of Patents in Design Defect Cases”, - Products Liability Advisory, March, 1999, Issue No. 121

“Legal Maneuvers – Your guide to protecting and defending yourself in product liability cases;” -  Aqua Magazine, March, 1999
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Rex Richard, Faculty

3423447979?profile=original  Rex F. Richard, Faculty
  Marketing, Sales, and Business Systems
, Pool Construction

Education:
B.A., Biblical Studies, Psychology, Florida Bible College, 1978

Work Experience:

Present: Founding Member, Faculty, Pool Genius Academy
Present: Founder, Pool Genius Network
Present: Founder, CEO, Extreme Success LLC, Mesa AZ.
    Provide success opportunities to the construction industry through continuing education with an emphasis on behavioral change.
Present: Founder, Owner, Symphony LLC, Mesa, AZ.
    Provide success to small business owners through platform speaking opportunities
1992 - 2006: Founder, President, Build Your Own Pool Inc., Mesa, AZ.
    Provide swimming pool construction solutions through a unique and highly efficient business model
1998 - Founder, President, Integra Pools LLC, Tucson AZ
    Commercial pool contracting
1988 - Owner, California Pools and Spas agency, Temecula, CA.
1983 - Owner, Pools By Design Inc. 

Honors, Awards, Accomplishments:

NSPI Awards of Excellence Design Award, 1991
NSPI/APSP Education Committee, 2000 - 2004
Top 10 Builders, AZ Business Journal, 2001 - 2005
Top 100 Pool Builders, Aqua Magazine, 2001 - 2004 
NSPI Education Committee, 2001 - 2004
NSPI/APSP Builders Council, 2001 - 2004
NSPI National Nominating Committee, 2001
NSPI Awards of Excellence Judging Panel, 2001 - 2002
International Pool Spa Expo, Featured speaker, 2001 - 2004, 2008, 2009
NSPI Liaison to Manufacturers Counsel, 2002
NSPI Technical Writing Committee, 2002 - 2003
Chairman of International Society of Certified Aquatic Professionals (ISCAP) Development Committee, 2002
Contributing Author and Editor, NSPI Builders Manual 2nd Edition, 2002
Vice Chairman, NSPI Builders Council, 2002 - 2003
Top 50 Builders, Pool and Spa News, 2004 - 2006
Chairman, NSPI/APSP Builders Council, 2004
ANSI/NSPI-5 Standard for Residential Swimming Pools Committee
APSP Advanced Builder Program,Program founder, 2004
Aquatech Society, MAC Committee, 2005
Aquatech Society Annual Conference, Featured speaker, 2005, 2008
Gerson Lehrman Counsel, 2006 - present
Association of Certified Aquatic Professionals, Founding Member, 2007 - present
Pool Genius Network, Founder, 2008
Pool Info Site, Founder, Faculty, 2008
Pool Genius Academy, Founding Member, Faculty, 20

Rex has pioneered the applications of energy efficiency in the pool industry recognizing the correlation between high flow, low resistance, and low horsepower to accomplish the circulation and filtration needs of a swimming pool.  Rex instituted the use of now popular multiple speed pumps, large pipe size and high flow cartridge filters in 1983 as a standard practice.  Since then Rex has continued study of new was to improve energy efficiency in pool construction.

As a student of energy efficiency and solar contractor, Rex also extensively explored the use of solar applications in pool construction.  To Rex's credit are the first known photo voltaic powered pool in Arizona (1983), and the design and construction of a "passive solar" pool filtration and circulation system by use of "thermosyphon circulation".

Rex also pioneered, studied, and eplored the use of ozonation you pool water sanitzation, beginning in 1983 with the first "Hydrozone" installation in Arizona.  Rex has engineered, sold, and installed over 4000 ozonation systems in his career as a builder, while building nearly 4500 pools.

A student of hydraulics and water mechanics, Rex personally authored the fountain chapter of the APSP "Builders Manual".

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Rex Richard entered the sales, marketing and business profession in 1979 when he began as a highly successful sales representative for a “start up” swimming pool construction company, in Tucson, Arizona.  As their first employee and starting the day the doors opened for the first time, Rex sold pools at record levels and propelled the company to a position as the second largest pool builder in the city within two years. 

In 1983 Rex ventured out to start a business of his own and to continue the process of mastering the skills of business, marketing and sales.  In the subsequent years Rex founded or purchased and sold three companies with the last one building over 400 pools per year and being a template of high efficiency and systemization. 

In addition to the pool construction business, in 1999  Rex founded “Symphony LLC”., a business providing technical and construction supervision training, and seminar programs in the areas of business success, marketing, construction management, and sales.  These programs were specifically developed for the swimming pool industry.  Also in 1999 Rex founded the “Advanced Pool Studies Institute” (APSI) which has since trained over a thousand swimming pool company owners, managers, sales staff, and construction managers. 

His clients include industry leaders such as “Paramount Pool and Spa Systems”, “Aquatech”, “Trilogy Pools” (fiberglass pool manufacturer), the ”National Spa and Pool Institute”, the “NSPI Manufacturers Council”, “Hanley Wood Exhibitions”, and the “Association of Pool Spa Professionals” (APSP), Aquatech Society, and many others.  Rex is also a member of the Gerson Lehrman Group, providing consulting on the swimming pool industry to investors and research groups and has served as a professional witness in legal cases specifically representing swimming pool design, construction standards and methodology, and general industry knowledge.

Rex’s experience includes: twenty nine years in the swimming pool industry in the areas of: swimming pool sales; sales training and management; pool company general management; pool company ownership; the training and supervision of “in-house” crews, the selection, motivation and management of “subcontract” crews for all phases of construction, and the development and implementation of efficient “systems” for business operation..

Rex co-authored in pool industries construction training manual, the NSPI “Builders Manual” 2nd edition.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the NSPI “Builders Council”, Rex has also served on the NSPI “Education Committee”, the “Technical Writing Committee” (responsible for the writing of the “ANSI/NSPI-5 Workmanship Standards for Residential Swimming Pools”), the development committee for the “International Society of Certified Building Professionals” ISCBP), and served as liaison to the NSPI “Manufacturers Council”.  He has also served on the 2001 NSPI National Nominating Committee, NSPI 2001 and NSPI 2002 Awards of Excellence Judging Panels. 

Rex has been awarded the honor of 2004, 2005 and 2006 “Top 50 Builders in America” award by Pool and Spa News Magazine.  Rex also has been named by Aqua magazines “Aqua 100” as one of “America’s top 100 builders” four consecutive years.   Rex has been quoted in many interviews, published in many articles in the industries trade journal, “Pool and Spa News”, and has made numerous radio and TV appearances. 

In 2006 Rex resigned from his role as a builder to pursue his lifelong passion for teaching others and helping them to succeed.  In 2007, Rex founded the highly successful “Extreme Success LLC”, a business focused upon providing coaching and mentoring programs to help businesses succeed in becoming highly efficient operations capable of consistent growth and profitability. 

“Extreme Success” maintains a focus upon, business systemization, extreme marketing, use of social marketing as viral business expansion tool, and highly productive sales.  The latest project is the launch of the “Pool Genius Network”, a social network for the pool industry to facilitate communication, expansion and development of knowledge, and effective, “behavioral changing”, education delivery. 

These programs, developed for the swimming pool construction, service, and retail industries have gained wide acceptance as “state of the art”, and recently bridged the industry gap moving also into the automotive industry.  Now, in addition to numerous clients from the swimming pool industry, Extreme Success has now added the “Damson Automotive Group”, a group of Honda, Acura, and Nissan Dealers, to its client base. 

Rex’s Consulting Clients include:

Luxor Capital Group 
Golden Tree Asset Management   
Kensico Capital
JP Morgan Chase & Co 
Brentwood Associates 
WCM Investment Management
OSS Capital Management 
Sageview Capital 
MSD Capital 
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Bain & Company 
Ivory Investment Management
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