PHTA Councils

PHTA Councils

Members of PHTA Councils number among your association’s key decision-makers and facilitators of knowledge. Representing the various segments of the pool, spa, and hot tub industry, PHTA Councils identify and serve member needs within their industry segments, and provide leadership opportunities and a forum for networking and exchanging ideas. From the Hot Tub Council to the Manufacturers’ Agents Council, PHTA member expertise is critical to each Council’s ability to recommend and develop programs, services, and products that are tailored to individual industry segments. Each council, which meets at least once a year, is represented on the PHTA Board of Directors by one of its members. For more information, email PHTA Executive Assistant, Lorna Watkins at lwatkins@phta.org.

The PHTA Builders Council enhances the business, image and welfare of PHTA’s builder members collectively by doing together those things, which individuals could not effectively achieve independently. 

Rick Woemmel, CBP, CSP
Bistate Pools & Spas
O'Fallon, MO

Alexa Dal Pino, CBP
Vice Chairman
Dal Pino Quality Pools
Auburn, CA

Stephen Neville, CBP, CSP, PPSO,
PPSO Instructor
Past Chairman
Stainless Aquatics, A Division of Island Construction Corporation
Del Mar, CA

David Katz, CBP
Elite Landscaping, Inc.
Poughkeepsie, NY

Craig Nicholson, CBP
Anderson Poolworks
Wilsonville, OK

Mark Reed, CBP
Memphis Pools
Memphis, TN

Tom Sheehy, CBP, CSP
Crystal Clear Custom Pools, Inc.
Midlothian, TX

David Thompson, CBP, CSP
Swimming Pool Services
Waukesha, WI

Alan Walker, CBP,
Anthony & Sylvan
Doylestown, PA

Jason Vaughan, CBP,
Non-Voting Member
National Pools
Roanoke, VA




The PHTA Commercial Council are industry representatives eager to tackle key issues, risks and opportunities facing the design, construction, operation and servicing of commercial pools and spas. For more information, email PHTA Executive Assistant, Lorna Watkins at lwatkins@phta.org.


Jason Schallock, CBP, CSP
Anderson Poolworks
9500 SW Boeckman Rd
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9207
Tel: (503) 625-5628
Fax: (503) 625-3488

Derek Downey
Legal Pools.com
203 Loma Corta Dr
Solana Beach, CA 92075-1716
Tel: (760) 801-6566

Steve Barnes
AquaStar Pool Products
11960 N Waterhole Rd
Maricopa, AZ 85139-3480
Tel: (602) 971-9181

Dennis Berkshire
Aquatic Design Group
2226 Faraday Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008-7236
Tel: (760) 438-8400

Kris Bridges
City of Martinsville VA
PO Box 1112
Martinsville, VA 24540
Tel: 276-403-5171
Fax: 276-403-5381

Kenneth Gregory
Pentair Aquatic Systems
493 E 1575 S
Washington, UT 84780-2332
Tel: (407) 509-6999

John Mason
Deschutes County Public Health
2577 NE Courtney Dr
Bend, OR 97701
Tel: 541 388-6598

Stephen Neville, CBP, CSP
Island Construction Corporation
2683 Via De La Valle # G605
Del Mar, CA 92014-1911
Tel: (760) 801-3803
Fax: (858) 481-1035

Douglas Winkler
Winkler Pool Management, Inc.
4905 Edmonston Rd
Hyattsville, MD 20781-2614
Tel: (301) 864-4900
Fax: (301) 779-0559

Donna Williams (2020)
Liaison to BoD
Pool Corporation
109 Northpark Blvd Fl 4
Covington, LA 70433-5005
Tel: (985) 801-5151

Jennifer Hatfield (2025)
J. Hatfield & Associates
411 Lenore Ct
Rockledge, FL 32955-4716
Tel: (941) 345-3263


The PHTA Fiberglass Pool Manufactures Council represents the interest of fiberglass pool manufacturers to PHTA as follows:

  • Communicate and monitor the issues impacting fiberglass manufacturers including emerging technology.
  • Discuss, prioritize and develop consensus around critical issues, risks and opportunities that need PHTA action or consideration relating to the fiberglass segment of the industry.
  • Convey matters and desired outcomes to APSP Board and APSP President.
  • Interact regularly with Board and APSP President to obtain their response to recommendations and follow-up on actions committed to by PHTA.
For more information, email PHTA Executive Assistant, Lorna Watkins at lwatkins@phta.org.

Curt Prystupa
Sun Fiberglass Products of Kentucky
Albany, KY

Jason Hughes
Vice Chairman
River Pools
Warsaw, VA

Rick Black
Latham Pool Products
Fayetteville, TN


Juanita Felix
Alaglas Pools
St. Matthews, SC

Russell Houston
Barrier Reef Pools, Inc.
Timmonsville, SC

Chuck King
San Juan Pools of Oklahoma Inc.
Tulsa, OK

Chris Owens
LoneStar Fiberglass Pools
Kingsbury, TX

Ed Tallman
Tallman Pools
Jonesboro, GA

Ed Vondell
Thursday Pools LLC
Fortville, IN


The PHTA Manufacturers Agents Council represents the Manufacturers Agent industry’s interests to PHTA as follows:

 Implement and perpetuate a process to surface the key issues, concerns and opportunities from PHTA member MAC industry.

  • Discuss, prioritize and develop consensus around key issues, risks and opportunities that need PHTA action or consideration.

  • Communicate issues and desired outcomes to PHTA Board and PHTA President.

  • Regularly communicate with Board and APSP President to obtain their response to recommendations and follow-up on actions committed to by PHTA.

Michael Moreton
Atlantic Sales Connection, Inc
Apopka, FL

Tracy Thornburg
Vice Chairman
Thornburg Enterprises, Inc.
Peoria, AZ

Jared Schwab
Alpha West Marketing Group
Aliso Viego, CA

Dan Bakotic
Mid America Sales & Assoc.
New Lenox, IL

Colt Bilthe
Blithe Sales Company LLC
Philadelphia, PA

Asdruval (Tony) Gonzalez
Professional Lines of Florida
Miami Lakes, FL

Greg Graham
AAdvanced Aqua Marketing Group
Tampa, FL

Fred Kiedaisch
Blithe Sales Company LLC
Lumberton, NJ

Cary Mullikin
Senne Sales, Inc.
Cumming, GA

Darrell Plemons
Interactive Marketing Group
Watauga, TX

Derek White
GLI Pool Products
Charlotte, NC


The PHTA Manufacturers Council represent manufacturer’s interest to PHTA as follows:

  • Implement and perpetuate a process to surface the key issues, concerns and opportunities from PHTA member manufacturers.
  • Discuss, prioritize and develop consensus around key issues, risks and opportunities that need PHTA action or consideration.
  • Communicate issues and desired outcomes to PHTA Board and PHTA President.
  • Regularly communicate with Board and APSP President to obtain their response to recommendations and follow-up on actions committed to by PHTA.
For more information, email PHTA Executive Assistant, Lorna Watkins at lwatkins@phta.org.

David Kruse
BioLab a KIK Custom Products Company
Beloit, WI

Stuart Baker
Vice Chairman
Hayward Industries, Inc.
Elizabeth, NJ

Mike Tacconi
Vice Chairman
Pentair Aquatic Systems
Moorpark, CA

Christopher Golden
Taylor Technologies
Sparks, MD

Daniel Jorgensen
S.R. Smith, LLC
Canby, OR

Michelle Kenyon
Vista, CA

April Nielsen
Atlanta, GA

Frank Schiffman
Axiall, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA

Tom Straub
Latham International
Latham, NY


The PHTA Retail Council advances the image, business and well-being of the PHTA retailer members collectively by doing together those things which individuals could not effectively achieve independently. For more information email PHTA Executive Assistant, Lorna Watkins at lwatkins@phta.org

Mallory Wachowski 
DesRochers Backyard Pools and Spas>
Wilmington, IL 

Jeffrey Campbell 
Clear Comfort
Boulder, CO

Jennifer Clements 
Pla-Mor Pools
Mechanicsville, VA 

Joe DeFuria 
BioLab - A KIK Custom Products Company
Vineland, NJ 

Travis Hogan 
Fiesta Pools & Spas LLC
Tulsa, OK 


Jane Merritt 
Anchor Pools, Inc.
Easley, SC 

Wendy Purser (2020)
Wendy Purser Consulting Inspection and Training
111 Circle Dr
Hampstead, NC 28443-2109
Tel: (910) 270-1199
Fax: (910) 270-8818



The PHTA Service Council enhances the professionalism of the Service industry by creating awareness through education and training.  For more information, email PHTA Executive Assistant, Lorna Watkins at lwatkins@phta.org.

John Lochren
Solar Pool Enclosures of New York, Inc. Holbrook, NY

Jason Schallock, CBP, CSP
Chairman Elect
Anderson Poolworks
Wilsonville, OR

Noel Conley, CSP
Miracle Pool Service, Inc.
Garland, TX

Dana Davis
Advantis Technologies, Inc.
Alpharetta, GA

Mitch Katz, CBP, CSP
Elite Landscaping Inc.
Poughkeepsie, NY

Julie Kazdin Boucher, CBP, CSP, CST
Kazdin Pools, Inc.
Southampton, NY

Dan Lenz
All Seasons Pools & Spas, Inc.
Orland Park, IL

Rebecca Smith, CSP, CMS
Splash Pool Management Co.
Dallas, GA

Mark Thompson, CBP, CSP, CST, CMS
Absolute Pool & Spa Care
Cumming, GA



The strategic leadership team governs the affairs of the hot water segment including advocacy, research and promotion. For more information, email PHTA Executive Assistant, Lorna Watkins at lwatkins@phta.org.

Don Elkington

Don Elkington
Coast Spas Manufacturing, Inc.
Langley, BC CANADA

Mike Dunn

Mike Dunn
Watkins Wellness
Vista, CA 

Brent Long

Brent Long 
Plaskolite/ Lucite International
Olive Branch, MS 

Cindi Magray

Cindi Magray 
Spa Manufacturers, Inc.
Clearwater, FL 

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore 
Custom Molded Products
Newnan, GA 

Drew Meng

Drew Meng
Jacuzzi Hot Tubs/Sundance Spas
Chino Hills, CA 

Kreg Hasse

Kreg Hasse
Leisure Works
Ann Arbor, MI 


REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals

REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals. In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances. Therefore, the regulation has an impact on most companies across the EU. REACH places the burden of proof on companies. To comply with the regulation, companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. They have to demonstrate to ECHA how the substance can be safely used, and they must communicate the risk management measures to the users. If the risks cannot be managed, authorities can restrict the use of substances in different ways. In the long run, the most hazardous substances should be substituted with less dangerous ones. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on June 1, 2007.


REACH establishes procedures for collecting and assessing information on the properties and hazards of substances. Companies need to register their substances and to do this they need to work together with other companies who are registering the same substance. ECHA receives and evaluates individual registrations for their compliance, and the EU Member States evaluate selected substances to clarify initial concerns for human health or for the environment. Authorities and ECHA's scientific committees assess whether the risks of substances can be managed. Authorities can ban hazardous substances if their risks are unmanageable. They can also decide to restrict a use or make it subject to a prior authorization.


REACH impacts on a wide range of companies across many sectors, even those who may not think of themselves as being involved with chemicals. In general, under REACH you may have one of these roles:

Manufacturer: If you make chemicals, either to use yourself or to supply to other people (even if it is for export), then you will probably have some important responsibilities under REACH.

Importer: If you buy anything from outside the EU/EEA, you are likely to have some responsibilities under REACH. It may be individual chemicals, mixtures for onwards sale or finished products, like clothes, furniture or plastic goods.

Downstream users: Most companies use chemicals, sometimes even without realizing it, therefore you need to check your obligations if you handle any chemicals in your industrial or professional activity. You might have some responsibilities under REACH.

Companies established outside the EU: If you are a company established outside the EU, you are not bound by the obligations of REACH, even if you export their products into the customs territory of the European Union. The responsibility for fulfilling the requirements of REACH, such as pre-registration or registration lies with the importers established in the European Union, or with the only representative of a non-EU manufacturer established in the European Union. As a practical matter, however, importers will be looking up their supply chain for the necessary information so they may register.


An article means an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than does its chemical composition (Article 3(3)). ECHA guidance applied this definition to show a product made up of many parts to be interpreted as ONE article. Dissenting member states did not agree and made their own interpretation of “once an article, always an article.” This led to a requested ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The question posed to the ECJ was “Where an article within the meaning of [the REACH regulation] is composed of several elements which themselves meet the definition of article given by the regulation, are the obligations resulting from Article 7(2) and Article 33 of the regulation to apply only with regard to the assembled article or with regard to each of the elements which meets the definition of article?”

The court ruling issued in September 2015 provided that “the classification as an article remains applicable to any object meeting the criteria in Article 3(3) of the REACH Regulation and forming part of the composition of a complex product unless, following a production process, that object becomes waste or ceases to have the shape, surface or design which is more decisive in determining its function than its chemical composition.” The ruling aligned with the original dissenting member states opinions.


Substances fulfilling one or more of the criteria in Article 57 may be identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). If a substance on the candidate list is contained in an Article it will trigger obligations under REACH if

  • The substance is present at or above a concentration of 0.1% weight, and
  • The total amount of the substance present in ALL articles imported and/or produced in the EU by that producer or importer in articles that meet the % requirements above or importer exceeds 1 tonne per year. (Note for goods made outside the EU, the importer must add all articles, including those from other none EU manufacturers to determine if the aggregate is met. It is NOT based on the aggregate produced by the non EU manufacturer to various EU customers).

Notification is based on the substance, not the article, and so a single article may trigger multiple notifications for each substance that meets the above criteria. The calculations are made separately for each substance in a given article. 


If the substance in question has already been reported and registered for the same use (meaning in that specific article) it is exempt from further notification requirements.

A substance is also exempt from exposure if the producer or importer can exclude exposure to humans during normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use and disposal.


Any pool product that meets the above criteria and is imported to the EU is affected by REACH. Because the term “article” was initially interpreted to refer only to a finished product, hot tubs were excluded from the requirements under REACH. Because all components are now considered separate articles, Hot Tubs are now affected, along with any other product that contains a component which meets the above criteria. This does not mean an OEM cannot sell their product within the European Union, but their EU customer/importer is now required to give notification of all substances contained in any of the articles/components which meet the above criteria.


Each OEM supplier should be reviewing the definition of articles as provided in “Article 3 (3) – Definitions – of the Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH)”, as there are exemptions from REACH the registration requirement. The source information can be found in the data available in the material safety datasheets (MSDS) of the raw materials. For example, fiberglass roving doesn’t contain substances of very high concern (SVHC) referring to the published list by European Chemical Agency (ECHA), updated on June 20, 2016, beyond the threshold concentration of 0.1% weight, but on the other side resins would fall under requirements needing compliance/declaration.


The ruling was an interpretation of the regulation and not a change in the regulation itself, meaning there is no phase-in period. However, the European Enforcement Forum is actively cross-training on best practices for enforcement of substances of very high concern (SVHC) in articles through 2016 with a commitment to targeted enforcement in 2017.

Therefore, non-compliance with REACH may have a grace period of enforcement, but member states may still enforce when their interpretation has always been clear. 


If you import or produce products in the EU, then you are required to comply. If you distribute products to the EU, your customers will be looking to you for the necessary product information. For each subcomponent of the assembled article, you need a declaration/report from the supplier indicating which articles of that subcomponent contain at or over 0.1% candidate substances. Of those substances, which of them are SVHC compounds and at what concentration? What are the human exposure possibilities from that article and how is it to be disposed of at end of life?

OEMs then need to collate this information from all of their suppliers into a single document as well as final product exposure information. Then create safety information for use of the article. OEMs need to make this report available to distributors immediately as well make the report/information available within 45 days of a request by a consumer.




Javier Payan
Payan Pool Service, Inc.
PO Box 12224
El Cajon, CA 92022-2224

Term expires: July 31, 2019
Phone: (619) 449-1392
Fax: (619) 449-1396
E-mail: javier@payanpools.com
Member Type: Member-Category 2

Vice President
Kenneth Howard
301 Santa Helena
Solana Beach, CA 92075-1510

Term expires: July 31, 2019
Mobile: 858-717-2815
E-mail: ken@ultimate-pool.com
Member Type: Member-Category 2

Rick English, CBP
English Pool Consulting
1445 28th St
San Diego, CA 92102-1706

Term expires: July 31, 2019
Phone: (800) 864-7946
Fax: (619) 338-9167
Mobile: (619) 818-3052
E-mail: Member-Category 2
Member Type: Member-Category 2

Sara Howard
301 Santa Helena
Solana Beach, CA 92075-1510

Term expires: July 31, 2019
Phone: (858) 717-2815
E-mail: sara@ultimate-pool.com
Member Type: Non-Member

James Henry, CSP
Clear Blue Pools
24927 Via Lopez Ct
Ramona, CA 92065

Term expires: July 31, 2019
Phone: 760-788-3816
Fax: 760-788-3816
Mobile: (619) 889-8327
E-mail: cbpools@cox.net
Member Type: Member-Category 2

Juan Sandoval
The Pool Physician
25998 Fir Ave
Moreno Valley, CA 92553-4702

Term expires: July 31, 2019
Phone: (951) 218-3981
E-mail: thepoolphysician@gmail.com
Member Type: Member-Category 2

Guadalupe Mariscal
Blue Moon Pools, Inc.
8606 Argent St Ste H
Santee, CA 92071-4174

Term expires: July 31, 2019
Phone: 619-258-7665
Fax: 619-258-6383
E-mail: info@bluemoonpool.com
Member Type: Member-Category 2