APSP-NSPF unification talks break down

By Alice Richard
Tuesday, 10 January, 2017

After months of negotiations, the US’s two major pool industry bodies — the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) — have decided not to continue the process of unifying the two organisations.

Having reviewed the work and financial investment required to see the unification process through to completion, the two organisations have instead decided to remain independent while working collaboratively to positively impact the aquatics community.

The APSP and NSPF boards met on several occasions in 2016 and hired a professional services firm to perform due diligence analysis, facilitate strategic discussions with both boards and conduct qualitative research with board members and key volunteer leaders.

“Both Boards have been diligent, transparent, and tireless in their respective efforts to create a path forward. From the beginning of this process, the goal was to create more swimmers, more swimming pools and more hot tubs that will allow users to gain from the health benefits of swimming activity, aquatic immersion, and hydrotherapy. Although the outcome is not of one unified organisation, both APSP and NSPF recognise and embrace that this is the time to create accelerated change through enhanced collaborative efforts,” APSP Board Chair Jack Manilla and NSPF Board President G Bruce Dunn stated in a media release.

Dunn said the organisation hopes that the unification process will one day be completed, while Manilla said the APSP looks forward to collaborating with the NSPF in 2017.

NSPF will continue to focus on encouraging healthy living through education and research, while APSP’s focus will remain on protecting the industry through government relations and standards.

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