Every year at this time, we profile some of the industry’s most powerful people. These are the professionals who are changing — or trying to change — aquatics for the better. They don’t just talk. They act. And they get things done. But it’s the way they get things done that I really want to talk about.
choose our list of power players, we’re not just looking for
people who wield power; we’re looking for people who command
influence. We’re looking for people with the power to help
while the professionals featured here
are important, they wouldn’t be able to accomplish as much
without you. Put another way, when it comes to the ability to
change aquatics, you have as much power as they
it. Michael Beach, one our Power 25, can give all the seminars in
the world about the dangers of recreational water illnesses. But it
won’t mean much unless you, the operator or manager of a
facility, take action to thwart RWIs.
operator, you rule a kingdom. The policies you set have the power
to make changes, not just in your facility, but also in
people’s lives. You can decide tomorrow to implement a new
lifeguard vision screening policy and, in so doing, very possibly
save a life. To me, that’s exciting. But it’s also a
bit daunting because, to borrow a line from a popular movie, with
great power comes great responsibility.
you use that power? What is the most important policy to change?
What should you be focused on? These are all questions the men and
women featured on these pages can help you answer. They have done
the research, sweated the details and put in the time to help you
use yours as wisely as possible — and run the best facility
changes for the better, you may have noticed by now that
Aquatics International has taken on a new look. Along with
our more modern logo, we’ve made some other subtle changes.
The biggest are in our Newsroom, which now packs even more
information on the pages, with tags and labels to help you decide
where to spend your limited time. The Buzz section alerts you to
emerging industry trends.
We hope these
changes make the magazine even more valuable to you. But we want to
hear what you think. So take it for a spin, see how it feels, and
drop me a line or give me a call. What do you like? What would you
like to see changed?
Remember, you got the power.
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