Joanne Mcclain

More than 100 members, students and sponsors traveled to Paso Robles, Calif. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Genesis, the design/construction education provider. The location, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort, was close to the site of the first Genesis class.

“It felt like being surrounded by an extended family, and I feel good about being able to participate in some small way in creating this,” said Genesis Co-Founder Skip Phillips.

The event included several gatherings, along with side trips to enjoy Hearst Castle, taste wine and zip line. Visitors also toured the extensive art collection at the resort. It concluded with a non-denominational worship service.

Phillips viewed the occasion as an important marker for Genesis, which became part of the National Swimming Pool Foundation in 2015.

“To me, it was a formal hand-off of the baton — a formal way of saying, ‘Thank you, and we recognize what the future looks like and it really is you,’” he said.

Genesis was founded in 1998 by Phillips, with fellow designer/builders Brian Van Bower and David Tisherman.

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