Fifteen organizations representing the breadth of the pool and aquatics industries met in Dallas in April for the All Association Forum, organized by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. The forum was held to bring the different industry associations together to discuss their goals and missions, and to introduce collaboration concerning industry issues and challenges.

“It’s a very fragmented industry,” said Rich Gottwald, APSP’s CEO. “We’re looking to eliminate duplication and collaborate more.”

One way the groups agreed to collaborate was in pooling together resources to monitor government legislation. Gottwald said this allows the industry to speak in one voice and share knowledge on the latest regulations.

Groups in attendance included the Aquatic Professionals Education Council; Association of Aquatic Professionals; APSP; California Pool & Spa Association; Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry Education; Florida Swimming Pool Association; International Professional Pond Contractors Association; Independent Pool & Spa Service Association; National Environmental Health Association; Northeast Spa & Pool Association; National Plasterers Council; National Swimming Pool Foundation; Association for Swimming Ponds and Natural Swimming Pools; Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada; and World Waterpark Association.