The 2007 APSP Leadership Conference has been cancelled
and association officials are re-evaluating the event in an
attempt to bring it back in a better, more vitalized
?It?s not dead. We just want to do it
differently,? said Bill Weber, president/CEO of the
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, based in
Alexandria, Va. ?I think it?s really a
Over the past few years, the event has been drawing less
and less attendance, said Lauren Stack, APSP director of
marketing and promotion.
?[Industry] consolidation meant there
weren?t as many companies to draw from,?
Stack said. ?As attendance dwindled, the agenda ...
really didn?t change much over the past 15
The event held last August attracted fewer than 100
people, marking the third consecutive year that interest
seemed to wane. The conference lost $30,000, Stack
The APSP Manufacturers Council, which oversees the
event, noted that networking remains a high priority to
industry members; therefore, the Leadership Conference
should return in some form. Stack said the group would like
to see it back up and running in 2008.
As the event undergoes revisions, the APSP Commercial
Council is striving to include the industry?s
nonresidential side, with plans to implement outreach and
education. It also plans to increase APSP membership as
The Leadership Conference began in 1989 under the
direction of Brian Murray, who was on the Manufacturers
Council and a member of the then-NSPI Board of