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Chapter News

Monday, June 10, 2019

Jan. 2020 Chapter News

Northeast Florida Chapter

The Board of Directors met on December 4 at Maggiano’s to welcome the new 2020 Board members and identify the calendar of events for 2020.  Please see the back of the Florida Pool Prosm for upcoming events.  The next Board Meeting will take place the first Tuesday of the month.

Our 2020 Vision Meeting took place January 7, at Mudville Grille.  This was a kickoff meeting where new Board Members were introduced and new connections were made.   Chapter events for the year were highlighted and participation is strongly encouraged!

As the new Board comes on for 2020, we wanted to give a special thanks to Greg Bowers, First Coast Pool and Patio/Pinch a Penny, for serving as our 2019 Chapter President.  Greg has served as a director and vice president prior to serving as president.  Greg volunteers each year at the FSPA Swim Meet and supports Water Safety Day by volunteering with Safe Kids.  His passion and enthusiasm for the pool industry is second to none.

Another special thanks goes out to Troy Hershner, Innovative Pools Inc., serving many years as a Board Director.  We are grateful for your contribution to our Chapter!

Finally, we wanted to recognize Jack Manilla, Portofino Pools, for 11 years of serving on the Northeast Chapter Board.  His resume of accomplishments is impressive and his dedication to our industry is invaluable.  Thank you, Jack, you will be missed! 

Chapter Spotlight:  John Garner,              Pools by John Garner.  www.johngarnerpools.com.  Forty years in business doing new custom pool construction, renovations, and service and repair. He joined FSPA to network with other industry professionals to raise the bar, educate and work on legislative issues as well as code development.

Pools by John Garner strives to build to a higher standard, not minimum standards. Thy are always there to answer questions, consult and even work with building departments when there is a problem. Their two sons, John and Chris, are who helped make the company what it is today.

They have received Best of Jacksonville Pool Builder - 2018; Best of Jacksonville Pool Builder - 2019; Best of Jacksonville Pool Service Company -  2019.  Previous recipient of FSPA gold, silver and merit Design Awards.

John has been in building construction all his life and came from a family of carpenters and craftsman of many building trades. He started his own framing company in 1968.  I also starting building swimming pools as a hobby in 1968.