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7 Initiatives Aimed at Helping Pool and Spa Pros7 Initiatives Aimed at Helping Pool and Spa Pros

Sabeena Hickman, PHTA President & CEO, reviews the major initiatives the Alliance is undertaking on behalf of pool and spa pros, including efforts to fight the labor shortage and new virtual education opportunities.

Gary Thill

April 28, 2022

In this episode of the Pool & Spa Influencer series, Sabeena Hickman, PHTA President & CEO sat down with Chief Editor Rachel Williams to discuss what major initatives the Alliance is undertaking on behalf of pool and spa pros and what's on the group's radar. Here are seven key initiatives that pros can take advantage of:

  • A focus on the J1 Visa program to help staffing shortages

  • A public relations campaign for California pros who are battling the image of pools and spas as water hogs amid onging drought conditions.  

  • Continued work with states to alleviate concerns around COVID-19 and keep businesses open.

  • The Alliance's new apprenticeship program to help fight labor shortage, along with funding available to help pros take advantage. 

  • New education through the GENESIS program including virtual learning opportunities and certification.

  • A new leadership program through Cornell University. 

  • Ongoing water safety initiatives. 


About the Author(s)

Gary Thill

Gary Thill is a nationally recognized independent writer, editor with an extensive writing and editing background in the residential and commercial construction sectors. He produced the Remodeling Big50 for five years, served as editor of the Replacement Contractor e-newsletter for five years and has contributed regularly to Remodeling and other construction-focused publications for several decades. Thill has distinguished himself with national awards for his writing, editing and social media work including several Neal awards for outstanding editing and leadership as well as the American Business Media’s Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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