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Best of the Best

Best of the Best

  • Best on the Web: Truth be told, the pool and spa industry has a way to go in the area of website design. Because this has become such an important portal to the image and credibility of builders, Pool & Spa News considered the quality of websites as one of the parameters for judging. These 10 fared the best, with clean opening pages, plenty of user-friendly content, compelling information about the companies themselves, and well-designed galleries. Many have begun incorporating video. Several posted sped-up time-lapse videos showing the entire pool process, while one, Platinum Pools, had a video FAQ, with Company President Scott Waldo offering the answers.

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    Best on the Web: Truth be told, the pool and spa industry has a way to go in the area of website design. Because this has become such an important portal to the image and credibility of builders, Pool & Spa News considered the quality of websites as one of the parameters for judging. These 10 fared the best, with clean opening pages, plenty of user-friendly content, compelling information about the companies themselves, and well-designed galleries. Many have begun incorporating video. Several posted sped-up time-lapse videos showing the entire pool process, while one, Platinum Pools, had a video FAQ, with Company President Scott Waldo offering the answers.

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    Best on the Web: Truth be told, the pool and spa industry has a way to go in the area of website design. Because this has become such an important portal to the image and credibility of builders, Pool & Spa News considered the quality of websites as one of the parameters for judging. These 10 fared the best, with clean opening pages, plenty of user-friendly content, compelling information about the companies themselves, and well-designed galleries. Many have begun incorporating video. Several posted sped-up time-lapse videos showing the entire pool process, while one, Platinum Pools, had a video FAQ, with Company President Scott Waldo offering the answers.
  • Certifications: The time and dedication it takes to attain a certification weighs heavily when Pool & Spa News assesses the employee training for each Top 50 applicant. This year, 20 of the Top 50 builders reported that at least one person on staff held one or more certifications. Once again, APSPs Certified Building Professional designation topped this list, with 17, while the National Swimming Pool Foundations Certified Pool/Spa Operator program and APSPs Tech 1 and 2  were also popular.

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    Certifications: The time and dedication it takes to attain a certification weighs heavily when Pool & Spa News assesses the employee training for each Top 50 applicant. This year, 20 of the Top 50 builders reported that at least one person on staff held one or more certifications. Once again, APSPs Certified Building Professional designation topped this list, with 17, while the National Swimming Pool Foundations Certified Pool/Spa Operator program and APSPs Tech 1 and 2 were also popular.

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    Certifications: The time and dedication it takes to attain a certification weighs heavily when Pool & Spa News assesses the employee training for each Top 50 applicant. This year, 20 of the Top 50 builders reported that at least one person on staff held one or more certifications. Once again, APSP’s Certified Building Professional designation topped this list, with 17, while the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Certified Pool/Spa Operator program and APSP’s Tech 1 and 2 were also popular.
  • Giving Back: Many Top 50 Builders are active in their communities and generously give of their time and resources. But these ten stood apart and received the highest score available. Good deeds ranged from building and donating pools to wounded veterans or sick children, to holding golf tournaments to raise funds for local non-profits.

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    Giving Back: Many Top 50 Builders are active in their communities and generously give of their time and resources. But these ten stood apart and received the highest score available. Good deeds ranged from building and donating pools to wounded veterans or sick children, to holding golf tournaments to raise funds for local non-profits.

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    Giving Back: Many Top 50 Builders are active in their communities and generously give of their time and resources. But these ten stood apart and received the highest score available. Good deeds ranged from building and donating pools to wounded veterans or sick children, to holding golf tournaments to raise funds for local non-profits.
  • High-End Builders:The average contract by the Top 50 has gone up significantly over the years. This list contains two builders reporting price tags higher than a half-million dollars. Only one of the 10 high-end builders here have an average residential pool price of less than $100,000. When taken together, the average residential pool price for the whole Top 50 was $88,071.

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    High-End Builders:The average contract by the Top 50 has gone up significantly over the years. This list contains two builders reporting price tags higher than a half-million dollars. Only one of the 10 high-end builders here have an average residential pool price of less than $100,000. When taken together, the average residential pool price for the whole Top 50 was $88,071.

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    High-End Builders:The average contract by the Top 50 has gone up significantly over the years. This list contains two builders reporting price tags higher than a half-million dollars. Only one of the 10 high-end builders here have an average residential pool price of less than $100,000. When taken together, the average residential pool price for the whole Top 50 was $88,071.
  • Industry Involvement: This chart shows which industry associations see the most membership from the Top 50. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals enjoys a significant lead here, with 46 of the 50 belonging. The National Plasterers Council holds about the same proportion of Top 50 builders as last year  16 compared to 15 in 2013. Nearly half belong to one of the three major buying or fraternal groups. Organizations with fewer than three Top 50 builders claiming membership were not shown.

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    Industry Involvement: This chart shows which industry associations see the most membership from the Top 50. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals enjoys a significant lead here, with 46 of the 50 belonging. The National Plasterers Council holds about the same proportion of Top 50 builders as last year 16 compared to 15 in 2013. Nearly half belong to one of the three major buying or fraternal groups. Organizations with fewer than three Top 50 builders claiming membership were not shown.

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    Industry Involvement: This chart shows which industry associations see the most membership from the Top 50. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals enjoys a significant lead here, with 46 of the 50 belonging. The National Plasterers Council holds about the same proportion of Top 50 builders as last year — 16 compared to 15 in 2013. Nearly half belong to one of the three major buying or fraternal groups. Organizations with fewer than three Top 50 builders claiming membership were not shown.
  • Most Digs: While the list includes some high-end firms, it also contains a number of high-volume builders. The determine volume, companies are asked the number of excavations performed in the previous calendar year. Phoenix-area builder Presidential Pools tops the chart in this respect, with 900 in 2013. In all, the Top 50 dug 9,910 pools last year.

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    Most Digs: While the list includes some high-end firms, it also contains a number of high-volume builders. The determine volume, companies are asked the number of excavations performed in the previous calendar year. Phoenix-area builder Presidential Pools tops the chart in this respect, with 900 in 2013. In all, the Top 50 dug 9,910 pools last year.

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    Most Digs: While the list includes some high-end firms, it also contains a number of high-volume builders. The determine volume, companies are asked the number of excavations performed in the previous calendar year. Phoenix-area builder Presidential Pools tops the chart in this respect, with 900 in 2013. In all, the Top 50 dug 9,910 pools last year.
  • Most Tapped In: This group takes networking seriously, belonging to the most industry and non-industry organizations, from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, to home builders groups, to those concerned with such issues as safety, health or green design.

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    Most Tapped In: This group takes networking seriously, belonging to the most industry and non-industry organizations, from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, to home builders groups, to those concerned with such issues as safety, health or green design.

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    Most Tapped In: This group takes networking seriously, belonging to the most industry and non-industry organizations, from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, to home builders groups, to those concerned with such issues as safety, health or green design.
  • New on the Block: While this years list saw many repeat participants, eight companies made their mark for the first time.

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    New on the Block: While this years list saw many repeat participants, eight companies made their mark for the first time.

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    New on the Block: While this year’s list saw many repeat participants, eight companies made their mark for the first time.
  • Social Media: One component of the scoring system was Web Presence, consisting of web design and social media participation. Activity on Facebook, Twitter and Houzz, along with other, miscellaneous social media activity were all considered. Of the Top 50, these 10 builders received the highest possible Social Media score.

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    Social Media: One component of the scoring system was Web Presence, consisting of web design and social media participation. Activity on Facebook, Twitter and Houzz, along with other, miscellaneous social media activity were all considered. Of the Top 50, these 10 builders received the highest possible Social Media score.

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    Social Media: One component of the scoring system was Web Presence, consisting of web design and social media participation. Activity on Facebook, Twitter and Houzz, along with other, miscellaneous social media activity were all considered. Of the Top 50, these 10 builders received the highest possible Social Media score.
  • Staffing Chops: One component for scoring Top 50 applicants was personnel issues, including average tenure and the amount and quality of training provided. Builders received points for certifications held by staff. The average employee tenure was 10.7 years.

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    Staffing Chops: One component for scoring Top 50 applicants was personnel issues, including average tenure and the amount and quality of training provided. Builders received points for certifications held by staff. The average employee tenure was 10.7 years.

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    Staffing Chops: One component for scoring Top 50 applicants was personnel issues, including average tenure and the amount and quality of training provided. Builders received points for certifications held by staff. The average employee tenure was 10.7 years.
 
 

It’s time once again to recognize the pool builders who shine the brightest.

The group has become more diverse in the last three years, due to judging that now considers staffing practices, networking, community service and web presence, as well as residential construction revenue. But that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of financial heft: In 2013, the Top 50 earned nearly $742 million in total revenue, $572 million of which came from residential construction.

This group offers proof that the industry is seeing strong growth. 2012’s Top 50 reported 7,156 digs, while this crop broke ground 9,910 times in 2013.

As far as regions represented, Texas continues to lead the pack with 15 firms calling the Lone Star State home. Meanwhile, five builders are from California, six from Florida and three from Arizona. Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania held their own, with three each.

This year also sees eight newcomers to the list. Of those, three are licensees of Premier Pools & Spas, which had to submit separately due to a rule barring franchise and licensing operations from applying as one entity.

Check out the slideshow to learn more vital stats, as well as to see which builders were named the top in customer service, and who was named Most Valuable Player of each builder.

Click here  to see the complete list of Top 50 builders for 2014. You also can view the builders' annual revenue here .