The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has announced Joseph Laurino as the chairman of the board for 2024. Laurino is president and CEO of Periodic Products, Inc., a material science technology company based in Sarasota, Florida. Laurino has held several volunteer leadership roles for the association, including chair of the Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee and chair of the Technical Advisory Council. He also helped develop the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award to aid PHTA members in pursuing continuing education and certification. Under Laurino’s leadership, Periodic Products has been involved in fundraising for Step Into Swim, PHTA’s drowning prevention initiative. PHTA is also pleased to announce its Executive Committee for 2024: See also PHTA’s board members at large include: Stuart Baker, Hayward Holdings, Inc. Kyle Chaikin, The Chaikin Ultimate Group Mike Church, Cody Pools, Inc. Gregory Claffey, Pentair Tim Colon, Pools of Fun Keith Harbeck, Premier Pools and Spas Inc. Greg Howard, Carecraft Ted Lawrence, BioLab / KIK Consumer Products Matt McDermott, Heritage Pool Supply Group, Inc. Kevin Post, Counsilman-Hunsaker
Superior Wellness, a hot tub company based in Chesterfield, United Kingdom, has been recognized as the 14th fastest-growing business in the Midlands and East of England. This is part of the Fast Growth 50 index for 2023, which identifies the 50 fastest-growing companies across six nations and regions.
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is issuing a call for participation on the standards consensus committee, PHTA’s official consensus voting body. The committee is responsible for reviewing and voting on all pool, spa and hot tub standards to be approved by the American National Standards Institute. Committee members are classified into one of four interest categories: producer, user-government, user-consumer or general interest. Participants in PHTA’s standards development process include subject matter experts, such as public health officials, architects, engineers, code officials, consultants, product manufacturers, representatives from other organizations and individuals with expertise or interest in advancing the pool and hot tub industry. See also There are openings available in all categories. To be considered for a position on the committee, applicants must submit a completed SCC application form by Nov. 14 and adhere to PHTA’s procedures for American national standards, antitrust policy, conflict of interest policy and volunteer code of conduct.  For more information about the ANSI standards development process or the SCC, contact or visit the PHTA Standards webpage.
Unique Orders, a provider of home goods, has unveiled the PowerStep Spa Stair.  Designed to fit most 5-foot or larger spas, the PowerStep Spa Stair ensures easy access and adds convenience for spa enthusiasts. With its larger width, customers can enjoy seamless entry and exit, eliminating the hassle of traditional spa steps. Color-matching also allows customers to pair the stair with their existing spa cabinets and covers, creating a cohesive and visually appealing spa environment. Despite its lightweight design, weighing in at just 30 pounds, this spa stair has a weight capacity of up to 800 pounds, providing both stability and safety. For more information about the PowerStep Spa Stair, visit or contact Attendees of the 2023 Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Las Vegas can also visit the PowerStep booth #4641.

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