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Wendy Parker Barsell FSPA Executive Director, Wendy@FloridaPoolPro.com

I’ve heard so many words to describe business right now. One thing for sure is that it is different.  Different from the boom, different from the recession, and different from any previous year no matter on which segment of the industry your business is focused.  

Something else which will be different this year is your FSPA state office.  At the end of this month, my time with FSPA will come to an end.  After 20 years with the association, it is time for me to explore something new.  Most of you know my story – grew up in the pool industry, started here just doing the newsletter, expanded that to doing the trade show, and after doing almost every job in the office became the executive director in 2008. 

We recently found out that the FSPA was nominated for Association of the Year with the Florida Society of Association Executives and I was nominated for Executive of the Year with them as well.  What a great feeling to go out with that recognition. (Winners are announced July 1 so watch social media to see if we win.)  But it doesn’t take awards for me to know what a great place FSPA has been.  We have a team of rock stars working in the office.  They manage the day-to-day operations and will continue to do so while a new executive director is hired.   We have a Board of Directors comprised of 61 hardworking, supportive champions who every day carry on the mission of FSPA.   Together, staff and board members will be what keeps FSPA moving forward to be even better than it is today.

So many of you have called, texted, and sent me thoughtful and heartwarming messages.  I am thankful for my time at FSPA, thankful for all that I learned, and thankful that I was able to do so much with this great association.   But most of all, I am thankful for the friendships. 

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winne the Pooh