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Jack Manilla elected to Board of Directors – National Association of Pool & Spa Professionals

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, manufacturers’ agents, builders, distributors, installers, retailers, and service technicians. 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.

jack manillaJack Manilla was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. Jack Manilla is the President/Owner of Portofino Pools and Portofino University in Jacksonville, Florida. He has 25 years experience in the aquatic facility industry in the areas of pool facility management, pool building, water quality management, pool maintenance, pool repair/equipment replacement and pool renovations for both commercial and residential pools. He is also an NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO®) and Instructor, an APSP® Certified Building Professional (CBP®) and a member of the APSP® Career Institute Board of Regents.

Board of Directors

The APSP Board of Directors offers industry representation and demonstrates models of professional success for APSP members. The diverse membership of the Board assures that voices throughout the vast pool, spa, and hot tub industry are heard and addressed.

board of directors2014 APSP Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board
April Nielsen

Jeffrey Fausett, CBP
United Aqua Group

Richard Garbee
GLI Pool Products

Joe Vassallo Sr., CBP
Paragon Pools

John Romano, CBP, CSP
All American Pools & Spas, Inc

Jack Manilla, CBP, CSP
Portofino Pools

Robert Blanda, CBP, CSP
Mill Bergen Pool Center

Jerry Pasley
Bullfrog International

Bruce Fisher
Outside Board Member

Rich Gottwald
CEO & President
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals

Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools, spas and hot tubs to consumers, APSP offers a range of services that include:

  • Setting and advocating industry standards that serve the interests of the consumer and the industry
  • Advancing technical competence
  • Convening leaders around important industry issues
  • Promoting professionalism
  • Serving consumer interests and public safety
  • Protecting the interests of the pool, spa and hot tub industry

For more than half a century, APSP has been serving members and the public with critical industry knowledge that ranges from sound regulatory practice to industry trends and consumer attitudes. Since 1983, APSP is the only industry organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute as the recognized Standards Development Organization to promote and develop the nation’s standards for swimming pools and hot tubs.

For more information on how Jack Manilla and Portofino Pools can help you with your commercial or residential pool please visit his website at or find on facebook at


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