Kirk Fisher, City of Dublin, Ohio

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is starting a Commercial Council in its effort to offer more benefits to that sector of the industry.

APSP councils plan and implement education and programs targeted at the segment they serve.

As more companies have diversified to include commercial work, APSP saw the demand for such a council. It researched the need and held a meeting at the last International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo to gauge interest. “All sections of the industry were represented, [from builders and operators] to legal and the hotel industry,” said Council Co-Chair Derek Downey, also principal of Legal Pools in Solana Beach, Calif. “Everybody showed up and said, ‘We need this — desperately.’”

The group will hold its first meeting May 1. At that time, it will develop a list of priorities and projects to address, Downey said.

APSP also has begun to offer a new insurance benefit.

The organization partnered with Aqualine/Venture Pacific Insurance Services. The Ladero Ranch, Calif.-based broker, which has specialized in the pool/spa industry for more than 20 years, works with insurance providers around the country to deliver coverages such as property insurance, general liability, workers’ compensation, automobile insurance, surety bonds, employee medical, financial services and risk management.

Through the agreement, members will receive exclusive discounts, APSP said.

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