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Education Excels at the Master Pools Guild Summit

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

The Master Pools Guild held its first Business Education Summit at the Grand Hyatt DFW in Dallas Texas, July 22 & 23 of 2018. Participants from 24 Guild member companies attended as well as invited guests from the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and Genesis SWD Masters.

The two-day, executive level course was presented by Danny Tarleton Corporate Director, Sales and Employee Development – POOLCORP and Laura Goodman, Employee Development Manager, POOLCORP, both industry veterans and leaders within POOLCORP’s EDGEucation training department.

PoolcorpPictured from left, Danny Tarleton, Laura Goodman, Kenny St. Romain - POOLCORP & Frank Kane Chairman of the Board - Master Pools Guild

Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild, Dick Covert, shared “Everybody was so excited about this opportunity. We had 65 students take 2 days of their time, at the peak of the season no less, to devote to working on their business and leadership skills. We had many companies bring 2 generations and it was great to see and experience the sharing from generation to generation and company to company.”

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Photos above of attendees during the Summit

Reviews and surveys afterwards confirmed Covert’s enthusiasm was shared by attendees.“This was a level one class and every student expressed an interest in attending the level 2 training - we are working with our partners at POOLCORP now to get that scheduled for 2019. Another interesting item we found on survey results from attendees was that the subject of “Creating a culture as an employer of choice” is a topic they would like to expanded for the level 2 training. That says a great deal about where these companies plan to position themselves in the pursuit of the next generation of employees.” Shared Teri Wiltshire, Special Projects Manager for the Master Pools Guild.

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Pictured above attendees from Medallion Pool, Gib-San Pools, Artistic Pools, Creative Master Pools & Alka Pool Construction. 

Master Pools Guild Welcomes Spillway Spas

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Richmond, VA. December 18, 2017. The Master Pools Guild continues to seek new products and partnerships that enhance the organization and this week, are announcing the addition of Spillway Spas into the Preferred Equipment Provider Program.

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Spillway Spas are fully customized in-ground acrylic spas available in a variety of colors, shapes, and features providing an unique design option. Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild shared, “Michelle Teel & her team will be a great addition to the Master Pools Guild family. They offer a unique product and we look forward to learning more from them as we work together in the coming months.”

When asked how she felt about joining the Master Pools Guild, Michelle Teel, President of Spillway Spas shared, “Becoming a member of the MPG family is the pinnacle of compliments for the entire Spillway Spas team. We have diligently prepared for the best of times ahead and are eager to learn from respected builders as we form friendships along the way.”

The Master Pools Guild is an international organization of elite, custom swimming pool builders whose primary goal is to build the most beautiful pools in the world. For more information visit www.masterpoolsguild.com

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Alka Pool and NSPF Take Step Into Swim to Vancouver, BC

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The Master Pools Guild is excited to share another Guild member partnering with the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) to broaden the reach of their Step Into Swim Program.

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Pictured above Carla Sovernigo (left) presenting check.

Carla Sovernigo, President of Alka Pool Construction (headquartered in Vancouver, B.C.) and chairman of the Board of Directors for the Master Pools Guild shared "I was very fortunate to present the Tong Louie YMCA of Greater Vancouver with a donation from the National Swimming Pool Foundation towards their Continuous Swimming Lesson program. This is a program to teach the lifesaving skill of swimming to children in the community who do not have the opportunity to participate. Alka Pool is so proud to be a part of the effort to keep water a safe playground".

The Step Into Swim™ Campaign is a 10-year initiative to create 1 million more swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives through aquatics. The Master Pools Guild, and its members, are proud to partner with NSPF in this endeavor.

 

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 For additional information and resources on the Master Pools Guild, NSPF, Step Into Swim or Alka Pool Construction we welcome you to click on the links below.

 

www.masterpoolsguild.com

www.nspf.org

www.stepintoswim.org

www.alkapool.com

 

Master Pools Guild, Millennium Pools & NSPF Step Into Swim In India

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Aug 23, 2017

 

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The National Swimming Pools Foundation, in partnership with the Master Pools Guild, embarked on enhancing the mission of creating one million new swimmers by asking Master Pools Guild members to reach into their communities and nominate worthy organizations for Step Into Swim grants. One of the participating members was Millennium Pools in India.

 

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Millennium president, Suresh Baja shared this message at a presentation ceremony in India, sponsored by Speedo and attended by hundreds of people: "Millennium Pools Pvt Ltd. is a certified Pool Builder in India, and member of the Master Pools Guild. We were asked to nominate an Academy which would assist the economically challenged children to learn swimming. This was being done in collaboration with National Swimming Pools Foundation (NSPF) in the US. We therefore took the opportunity of nominating The Nisha Millet Academy. (Nisha Millet is an Olympic champion with path-breaking swimming records).

We are indeed grateful to Master Pools Guild and NSPF, for selecting our nomination and are pleased to present this cheque from them for $700 USD. This we hope will go towards this good cause of teaching swimming to deserving economically challenged children."

 

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Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild added “We are excited to continue working with NSPF on the challenge of creating a million new swimmers through the "Step Into Swim" program. It brings great joy to our members to see children learn to swim. It is especially fulfilling if those children live in areas where the life skill of swimming may not be easily obtained without some help. That is one area of service where our members really shine and having international members increases our reach truly around the globe.”

For more information on any of the organizations involved in this event please click the links below.

www.masterpoolsguild.com

www.nspf.org

www.stepintoswim.org

http://www.millenniumpools.in

http://www.nishamillet.com/

Master Pools Guild Once Again Joins Rolls-Royce Owner's Club

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Jul 26, 2017


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The Master Pools Guild was honored to be invited to join more than 1,000 classic cars, Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club (RROC) members and VIP guests in celebrating the launch of the club’s new book Strive for Perfection – A Journey into Design, Luxury & Quality.

The 232-page hardback publication explores the living legacy of the world’s most famous luxury motorcar, Rolls-Royce. Profiling models old and new, the book celebrates the company’s unceasing pursuit of excellence—an ethos that earned Rolls-Royce the status of “best car in the world”. Written by a select group of motoring experts, Strive for Perfection—A Journey into Design, Luxury & Quality has been produced by London-based publisher St James’s House in partnership with the RROC.

Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild shared, “We were excited to work with St. James’s House and the RROC for their 65th Annual Meet and publication of this year’s edition of Strive for Perfection. We share their philosophies and their pursuit of excellence. It is humbling to be the only swimming pool builders invited to contribute to the publication and we appreciate the working relationship that has developed with this group over the years.”

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The publication was officially presented to the club at their annual champagne reception launch held this year in beautiful French Lick, Indiana. It will be distributed to all RROC members and will be made available to Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealerships around the world.

 Carla Sovernigo, Master Pools Guild chairman and president of Alka Pool Construction shared: “The elegance and luxury displayed in the pages of this book are stunning. The Guild’s two-page profile incorporates interviews of several Guild members by St. James House writers and provides a true vision of our organization, our goals and our values. We are proud to partner with the RROC and share their Strive for Perfection.”

  

St James’s House is a leading custom publisher based in London and part of a world-leading creative media group that delivers bespoke solutions for a global client base.

The Master Pools Guild, an official project partner of the publication Strive for Perfection—A Journey into Design, Luxury & Quality is an international organization of elite, custom swimming pool builders whose primary goal is to build the most beautiful pools in the world. For more information visit www.masterpoolsguild.com

 

Pools By Design Joins The Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

 

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Ken & Maryanne Larison of Pools By Design

Richmond, VA. July 11, 2017. The Master Pools Guild announced that Pools By Design, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, has officially joined the Master Pools Guild as their newest member. Since its’ origin in 1962, membership in the Guild has been by invitation extended only to builders who meet a specific criteria.

“Ken Larison & the Pools By Design team are a perfect addition to the Guild family” shared Dick Covert, Executive Director of the organization. “They have a deep commitment to excellence in design and customer satisfaction. Each project’s scope is based on getting to know their client’s needs, desires and lifestyle and the pool is designed to not only compliment each but to enhance each minute of the time they spend outdoors.”

Ken Larson shared, “The Master Pools Guild is a highly prestigious organization and we are thrilled to be joining the ranks of the world’s top pool builders."

Covert continued; “The Master Pools Guild takes great pride in supporting one another. Our members welcome Pools By Design into the Master Pools Guild family. We know they have much to offer and we are excited to work with them as we keep our organization at the forefront of the industry.”

The Master Pools Guild is an international organization of elite, custom swimming pool builders whose primary goal is to build the most beautiful pools in the world. For more information visit www.masterpoolsguild.com

The Master Pools Guild Thanks Guatemala

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The Spring meeting of the Master Pools Guild was held this year in Antigua, Guatemala. This was the group’s first visit to the country but may not be their last. “The people of Guatemala were fabulous.” Shared Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild. “From touring the ruins of Tikal, to a spectacular fireworks display at our closing dinner, everything was superb. The Guatemalan people have a culture that welcomes you like family and that is how all our attendees felt, like we were there visiting family.”Jorge and Leslie Martinez del Rosal

Pictured above:  Jorge & Leslie Martinez del Rosal

Jorge Martinez del Rosal, President of Watermania, the Master Pools Guild member headquartered in Guatemala, was the driving force behind the Guild’s decision to visit the country. Covert also stated, “Jorge & the team from Watermania were determined that this international trip would be the trip of a lifetime and they did not miss their mark. They were involved in everything, hotel selection, menus, entertainment, I could not possibly list all they contributed. The Martinez family is proud of their heritage, proud of their country and was eager to share all Guatemala has to offer with their Guild family. We appreciated their hospitality more than we can express.”

 

Spa Pool At Casa Santo Domingo Designed by Watermania

The above photo: The pool at the Santo Domingo Spa - Award winning design by Watermania.

The meeting in Guatemala also included the Guild’s annual Excellence Awards, education sessions including one on succession planning, and a keynote titled “The Hero Effect” by speaker Kevin Brown. Casa Santo Domingo was the conference hotel and the home base for the group for the week of their visit.

 

Shoemaker Pools Welcomed By Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Jun 05, 2017

 

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Photo above courtesy of Shoemaker Pools, Birmingham, AL 

Richmond, VA. June 5, 2017. The Master Pools Guild announced that Shoemaker Pools, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, has officially joined the Master Pools Guild as their newest member. The Master Pools Guild is an elite organization of swimming pool builders with members around the world. Since its’ origin in 1962, membership in the Guild has been by invitation only and the invitation is extended only to builders who meet a specific criteria.

“We extended an invitation to Shoemaker Pools to join the Guild based on the reputation within their community and in the industry. Shoemaker Pools is a great fit for the Guild. I had the pleasure of spending a day touring some of their recent projects and visiting with the owners – their 30 years of experience shows and it is obvious they love what they do.” shared Dick Covert, Master Pools Guild, Executive Director.

Michael Shoemaker, President of the company shared, “We are excited to be associated with the leaders in our industry. Our commitment to creating lasting relationships with our customers is what has driven our company over the last 30+ years. The opportunity to learn with and from the members of the Guild will benefit our customers, employees and our local market for years to come.”

Covert continued; “The Master Pools Guild takes great pride in supporting one another as well as being at the forefront of our industry. Our members welcome Shoemaker Pools into the Master Pools Guild family with much excitement.”

The Master Pools Guild is an international organization of elite, custom swimming pool builders whose primary goal is to build the most beautiful pools in the world. For more information visit www.masterpoolsguild.com

MASTER POOLS OF AUSTIN WINS TOP INTERNATIONAL AWARD The Master Pools Guild, the largest global network of elite pool builders in the world, meet for Annual Excellence Awards.

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Mar 24, 2017

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Antigua, Guatemala – (March 20, 2017) – Master Pools Guild, the largest global network of elite pool builders in the world, met in Antigua, Guatemala to announce and celebrate their annual Excellence Awards. With approximately 150 people in attendance, this year’s Grand International Excellence Award for design was presented to Master Pools of Austin.

“The Guild is excited to see Master Pools of Austin receive this year’s top award,” shared Master Pools Guild Executive Director Dick Covert. “This project included a 35 foot retaining wall that made it possible for the pool, splash pad and backyard area to exist.

Creating space where no space exists is a hallmark of excellence in engineering design and construction. One few builders are willing to attempt.”

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In addition to the Grand International Excellence Award, Master Pools of Austin also received a silver award for Geometric swimming pool design and an Outstanding Award for swimming pool remodel. Like the Grand International Excellence Award, the Outstanding Award for pool remodel is presented to only one pool each year and is the highest recognition given within the organization.

“Master Pools of Austin is a division of Atlantis Aquatics Group, a company with an impressive list of commercial projects. This experience is an obvious asset to their residential division.” Covert stated. “We are looking forward to seeing what they do next.”

Master Pools Guild members are exclusive in their areas and are carefully selected based on their ability and reputation as an elite custom pool builder in their region with a specialization in custom concrete construction for the majority of their pools. They must be craftsmen, operating with a strong commitment to high quality, customer service and good business ethics. The Master Pools Guild is an international organization whose primary goal is to build the most beautiful pools in the world. For more information visit www.masterpoolsguild.com.

Please contact the Master Pools of Austin office if you would like permission to use the project photo. Requests can be made to Amanda@masterpoolsofaustin.com

Master Pools Guild Celebrates 2nd EDGE Awards

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Oct 26, 2016

The Master Pools Guild held its second annual EDGE Marketing Awards ceremony during their recent Annual meeting held this year at the Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda.  The EDGE Awards were created to recognize exceptional marketing techniques in a variety of different categories.  Winners were celebrat4ed in an award ceremony at a masked ball on Friday Oct. 21st, that capped off a successful week of education and networking by member builders and vendors.

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Michael Moore, Master Pools Guild Marketing Committee Chairman, shared at the awards ceremony "The increasing number of entrants into this year's contest are a testimony to the eforts of Guild members in marekting around the globe.  Your contributions make our job easier and we salute and congratulate our winners."

"This has been one of our best attended meetings." shared Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild.  "We packed a lot into this week for builders and vendors - planning began over a year ago and our hotel block sold out quickly.  Now, we close the books on this one and it is on to Guatemala.  Our entire membership is excited to visit that country and we are expecting another record attendance."

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The compelte List of 2016 EDGE Award Winners:

The Master Pools Guild is an international organization of elite, custom swimming pool builders whose primary goal is to build the most beautiful pools in the world.

For more information visit www.masterpoolsguild.com

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