New era for SPASA SA

Friday, 23 July, 2010

A new President, Committee and State Manager mark a new era for the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of South Australia (SPASA SA).

BioGuardĀ® Australia Commercial Director Lindsay McGrath (pictured) has been appointed as the new President of SPASA SA, bringing with him respected commercial knowledge and business skills. He also brings with him a detailed understanding of corporate governance.

Lindsay heads up a new eight person committee that includes experienced industry professionals from the Pool and Spa manufacturing, retail and service sectors.

Roger Russell (Freedom Pools) takes on the role of Vice-President and Mark Gregorson (Pool Power Poolrite) has been appointed Treasurer. Roger's fifteen years experience in the pool industry, working in both the building and supply sectors, will be highly valued.

A qualified accountant, Mark Gregorson has been a business owner and operator for 27 years and his financial and business acumen make him a prized asset on the state committee.

Other committee members are Rod Smith (Astralpools), Mark Dimech (Pinnacle Pool Coping), Dave Malone (Daydream Pools), Craig Orchard (Heritage Spas) and Sarah Martin (Urban Oasis).

"Each committee member brings with them valuable skills, experiences and perspectives in order to reflect the make-up of the broader industry," said Lindsay.

We've got the good balance right. This is an exciting time for SPASA SA and the changes will ensure member's interests are being served appropriately."

Every so often an organisation needs to be reinvigorated and the recent changes will breathe new life into SPASA SA with fresh ideas, energy and capacity."

The Association needs to reinstate itself to a position where it takes the lead on key issues impacting on our industry and works with members to achieve industry best practice in South Australia."

SPASA SA members can be assured that they'll be delivered value for their membership and the organisation will be positioned for future growth." Following the changes, SPASA SA has committed to a greater focus on professional development and the timely supply of information to members.

"Members need to be kept updated on industry developments and trends. We need to make sure that members are given relevant and timely information to help them maximise the effectiveness and profitability of their businesses," Lindsay said.

"Our new State Manager, Fred Frede, will be responsible for delivering member services and his solid business and human resources background will be invaluable for SPASA SA."

Fred has been a business owner and therefore understands the pressures and challenges facing many SPASA SA members. He also spent time working as a Business Development Manager in the employment services sector. These skills will be used to improve communications and grow the association's membership.

The first major initiative delivered by the new SPASA SA team was the annual South Australian Pool and Spa Show, which welcomed thousands of visitors and received very positive feedback from exhibitors.

The show grew over twenty percent this year occupying increased floor space and a broader cross section of exhibitors.

"The committee will continue to make the South Australian Pool and Spa Show a flagship event for retailers and consumers," said Lindsay.

"Pool ownership continues to grow strongly in South Australia and the show provides consumers with a range of ideas and inspiration under one roof."

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