The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals will likely begin searching for a new chief executive officer next year.

Bill Weber, president/ CEO of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals has announced plans to step down when his contract expires in late 2013.

He has served as president of the national organization since 2005 and helped guide the trade group through passage of the first-ever federal pool and spa safety legislation, the recession, and a drain-cover recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commissionlast year.

APSP leaders are currently assessing plans for moving forward.