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 form.
?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 temporary hiatus.?
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 years.?
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 reported.
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 well.
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 Directors.