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APSP CEO Rich Gottwald & Portofino Pools President Jack Manilla

Portofino Pools CEO Jack Manilla has received the aquatics industry’s highest professional award for distinguished contributions in raising professionalism in the aquatic community.

Manilla was among 11 honorees inducted into the Fellows Program of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) during a reception Nov. 9 at the 2015 Pool|Spa|Patio Expo in Las Vegas.

APSP’s Board of Directors established the peer-nominated Fellows program in November 2012 to recognize leaders whose contributions have enhanced the pool, spa and hot tub industry through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others.

Nominees for the rank of APSP Fellow are also evaluated on their professional accomplishments and their commitment to the values honored by the APSP Fellows Program, which include the highest ethical standards and excellence in practice, research and education.

“Our Fellows represent a commitment to excellence and success in the industry. Their contributions are HSPhoto452_0359immeasurable,” APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald said.

Manilla is an APSP Instructor, a Certified Building Professional (CBP®), a Certified Service Professional (CSP®) a member of the APSP Career Institute Board of Regents and chair-elect of the national APSP Board of Directors. He is also a National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF®)-Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO®) and Instructor.

Manilla’s company, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Portofino Pools, emphasizes innovation, service and community engagement as means of connecting to and growing with its clients, which include the most prestigious schools, resorts and hotels in Northeast Florida.

“Portofino is committed to aquatic health, safety and customer enjoyment,” Manilla said. “Our Mission is to enrich lives, fulfilling dreams with water! We are committed to doing the right things and doing things right.”

Manilla  integrates spiritual values and Biblical principles into his business and everyday life. Humbled to receive the pool industry’s top award, he is thankful for all of those who have helped him succeed.

About APSP

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety.

APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.