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Thursday, February 9th, 2017 
 8:45am - 10:15 am Advanced Lawsuit Protection, Tax Reduction & Estate Planning
Larry Oxenham
Proctor: Dave Schilli

Best Practices During Application
Shaun Goldberg
Andrea Campbell

Genesis: Construction 207: A Plaster Crew's Guide to Shotcrete / Gunite Issues 
Bill Drakeley, SWD Master
Proctor: John Romano
 10:15am - 10:30am  BREAK
 10:30am - NOON How to Provide Healthy Swimming in Aging Pool Water
Joseph Laurino, PhD
Proctor: Greg Garrett

Fixing Minor Repairs
Speaker: Jay Eaton
Proctor: Jay Stone

Cyanuric Acid Stabilizer - What is all the fuss about? 
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Meyer
Proctor: Jim Dill
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm AUCTION
2:30 pm - 4 pm Closing the Residential Pool Compliance Gap
Speaker: Steve Barnes
Proctor: TBD
Supplemental Disinfection Systems
Speaker: TBD
Nadia Beane
Pool Torching 101:  An Inexpensive Way to Eliminate Tough Pool Stains 
Speaker: Greg Garrett
Proctor: Shaun Goldberg
Friday, February 10, 2017
8:45am - 10:15am 8th Editional Technical Manual:  Changes, Updates 
Speaker: Jana Auringer & Greg Musgrove
Proctor: Chris Myers
Genesis:  Construction 108:  Cementitious Pool Finishes 
Speaker: Randy Dukes
Proctor: Bob Haning
Myths of Water Chemistry & Testing
Speaker: Chris Golden
Proctor: Andrea Campbell
10:15am - 10:30am BREAK
10:30am - NOON Marketing Game Changers for 2017
Speaker: Pam Vinje
Proctor: John Romano
Waterproofing  - A Systems Approach (class & outside demo)
Speaker: George Reedy & Trevor Foster
Proctor: Rob Blake
Calcium:  Friend or Foe 
Speaker: Jonathan Dongell
Proctor: Jana Auringer
NOON - 12:45pm LUNCHEON - Pool Industry Snap Shot with Donna Williams
12:45pm - 1:45pm AUCTION
1:45pm - 3:15pm What I Know Now that I Wish I Knew Then
Round Table
Proctor:Rob Blake
Spot Etching:  A New Twist
Speaker: Alan Smith
Proctor: Greg Musgrove
Spotting Problems & Dealing with them Before they get out of Hand
Speaker: Nick Spirtos
Proctor: Jay Eaton
3:30pm - 4:30pm  PAID SPONSORSHIP by NLB Corporation - Outdoor Demo - Hydro-Demo Replaster Prep Process
Presenter: Greg Musgrove


Thursday, February 9th

Advanced Lawsuit Protection, Tax Reduction & Estate Planning – Larry Oxenham

Larry Oxenham is one of America’s top asset protection experts, having helped thousands of professionals achieve financial peace of mind by teaching them how to properly structure their assets for lawsuit protection and tax reduction. He has authored and co-authored several articles and books on the subject includingThe Asset Protection BibleandHow to Achieve Financial Peace of Mind through Asset Protection.His career has been credited with helping thousands of people save millions of dollars. Larry Oxenham is a nationally recognized speaker who has trained thousands of professionals at hundreds of conventions, conferences and seminars across the country

How to Provide Healthy Swimming in Aging Pool Water – Joe Laurino

Over the past few decades most states in the continental United States have been impacted by extreme drought. In some cases, regional severe drought has spanned multiple seasons. In response, many municipalities and other government agencies instituted strict water conservation measures. Frequently, such requirements prohibit the draining or replacement of pool water. Under such restrictions, various pool water parameters tend to drift upward to above recommended limits. The purpose of this session is to provide guidance to pool operators coping with these issues while trying to maintain the safety of the bather and the integrity of the pool surface and the equipment. Specifically addressed will be methods of coping with difficulties encountered in testing aged water; methods of coping with the upward drift in various key parameters such as total dissolved solids, calcium hardness, alkalinity, and cyanuric acid; methods for dealing with accumulated wastes and disinfection byproducts in the water; and cautionary statements concerning the adverse impact of extreme conservation on water quality.

Best Practices During Application – Shaun Goldberg

Rediscover best practices and preferred plastering techniques used during installation of pool finishes.

Fixing Minor Repairs – Jay Eaton

Learn proper techniques for repairing swimming pool issues including , but not limited to rust spots, plumbing repairs, structural cracks and various pool alterations. We will show lots of pictures and work through the issues and their resolution.

Supplemental Disinfection Systems – Jeff Boynton

Construction 207:A Plaster Crew’s Guide to Shotcrete/Gunite Issues - Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

Learning Objectives:

Learn techniques forreviewing concrete surfaces for defects such as type of cracks, mix design, rebound, and non-homogenous materials.

Explore proper inspection techniques for identifyingproblems with penetrations and/or fitting perforations.

Discuss how to test pool integrity with sounding techniques, a rebound hammer test, and minor destructive exploration.

The American Concrete Institute and the American Shotcrete Association have established standards for proper in-place shotcrete/gunite. Neglecting these guidelines will lead to plaster issues or delamination. This course will help plaster crews identify a pool's structural flaws and guide them into proper remediation, as well as alert the contractor to future pool plaster issues based on the condition of the shell.

Cyanuric Acid Stabilizer- What is all the fuss about? – Dr. Ellen Meyer

There are a lot of questions regarding the chlorine stabilizer cyanuric acid (CYA): Does it hinder chlorine efficacy? Can you use an ORP controller with CYA? How can I be sure of my test results for CYA?What level of CYA affects my water balance?Does CYA interfere with the alkalinity test? Where does my CYA go during the winter?Does CYA affect my plaster?Why does the Model Aquatic Health Code limit CYA to 90 ppm?Why does the Model Aquatic Health Code specify <15 ppm CYA for remediation of a diarrheal incident?How do I control my CYA levels?How much CYA do I really need?This talk will provide you either the answers to these questions or provide you with the data to make your own judgments.

Closing the Residential Pool Compliance Gap – Threats and Opportunities for Plasterers – Steve Barnes

Variable speed pumps, the VGB Act, and the rapid adoption of national pool building codes changed our industry forever.Now the attention is turning to existing residential swimming pool compliance. Learn how these new and revised codes are impacting pool plasterers, what is required for compliance, and how this threat can be turned into a profitable opportunity.

Pool Torching 101:In Inexpensive Way to Eliminate Tough Pool Stains – Greg Garrett

In Pool Torching 101 the student will learn how the torching of pool surfaces may eliminate some warranty complaints or restore a pool interior finish back to optimal appearance.The class will discuss the proper candidates for a "torching" process and the necessary "do's and don'ts" with this remedial technique recognized in the National Plasterer's Council, Technical Manual, 7th Edition (Section 6.5.2).

Such items as the type of proper equipment to include propane tanks and torches and associated auxiliary items such as diamond hand pads will be addressed. Personal equipment and safety considerations will also be discussed. Lastly students will see actual pools showing major issues (such as abnormal discoloration) in a "before and after" format. This process will eliminate many tear out's and redo's if utilized properly.

Friday, February 10th

8thEdition Technical Manual:Changes, Updates – Jana Auringer & Greg Musgrove

The New National Plasterers Council Technical Manual, Eighth Edition was revised in 2016. This seminar will introduce you to the changes of the format and new information in whichaligns this living document with the following industry requirements:

  • The American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • The Portland Cement Association (PCA)
  • The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)
  • The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • The International Code Council (ICC)

A free NPC Tech Manual will be handed out at the end of the seminar.

Marketing Game Changers for 2017 – Pam Vinje

According to the Pool and Spa News Top 50 Builder List. SSP clients received top 10 recognition for best website designs, social media marketing, and overall online web presence. Learn the best plays from our 2016 playbook, then uncover the marketing game changers for 2017 and how to prepare.

We’ll explore the latest website innovations and content marketing tactics that brought in the leads. Learn from social media marketing triumphs and pitfalls we encountered in 2016. Then prepare for 2017, as we outline the steps needed to navigate the major changes in content development, lead generation, search engine marketing, mobile, social media marketing, and reputation management. Great practical proven tactics to reach consumers.

Round Table:What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then

Panelists:  Paul Davis with Pool Star, Jay Stone with BND Plastering, Dana Anderson with Anderson Pools, Frank Bybee with Wet Edge

Construction 108: Cementitious Pool Finishes – Randy Dukes

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss plaster, colored plaster, Hydrazzo, PebbleTec, and other aggregate finishes.
  • Define proper installation techniques and details as promulgated by the NPC
  • Define proper startup procedures to reduce damage and staining of cementitious pool finishes.
  • Discuss short-term and long-term care considerations.

Many problems with pool finishes originate from errors in water/ cement ratios, water addition during installation, improper troweling techniques, and even the final acid wash for exposed aggregate finishes. Other problems arise during the startup where the water quality affects curing and that water quality is changing constantly during the first few months. This module provides students with the insight on exactly what is happening with the finish at each step of the process and how you can control the numerous parameters to avoid problems and achieve success with the finish and your client’s expectations.

Waterproofing – A Systems Approach – George Reedy & Trevor Foster

The primary objective of waterproofing concrete structures is to either contain water within the structure, or to prevent water from entering the structure from the outside. This is oftentimes a very complex process that requires careful consideration of many factors especially when concrete structures are designed to contain water such as pools, spas, water features and other water containment structures. Strict attention to the details is crucial which includes, but is not limited to, concrete conditioning, surface preparation, terminations, penetrations and transitions especially the often forgotten area along the water line. This requires a total systems approach to waterproofing efficiency which addresses the structure both internally to enhance the quality of the concrete, and externally with fluid applied surface waterproof barrier materials.

  • The presentation will cover the following key learning objectives:
  • Most Common Problems in Pools, Spas, and Water Containment Structures
  • Identifying the Underlying Cause – Differentiating Between Damage and Defect
  • Total Systems Approach – Internal and External Treatment
  • Internal Penetration-based Waterproofing
  • External Topically-applied Waterproofing
  • Success is in the Details – Treating Cracks, Transitions and Penetrations

Spot Etching:A New Twist – Alan Smith

In this class the student will learn what spot etching is and the most common causes. The student will learn what can be done to prevent this phenomenon and if it does occur, what if anything, can be done to mitigate this appearance.In addition, each student will receive a copy of the new NPC bulletin on spot etching produced by the Technical Advisory Committee.

Myths of Water Chemistry & Testing – Chris Golden

A seminar that presents and discusses the most commonly held myths and errors concerning testing for pool/spa water and how to recognize and overcome these misrepresentations, resulting in increased credibility and optimum customer service.

Calcium: Friend or Foe – Jonathan Dongell

Calcium chloride is the most widely used set accelerator for the plastering of swimming pool interior finishes. This session offers insight into the proper mixing and dosage sequencing of calcium chloride; the potential effect on finish coloration; and the potential issues that can result from its’ misuse.

The rationale for the 2% limitation, as well as potential benefits that calcium chloride offer, will be explained. And, an introduction to potential compatibility issues between calcium chloride and pigments will be presented.

Hydro-Demo Replaster Prep Process (Outdoor Demo) -This is a paid sponsorship and information presented in the session does not necessarily reflect endorsement by the NPC.

Greg Musgrove, President and CEO of G&B Tile and Plaster (G&B), introduced the Hydro-Demo Replaster prep process (40,000 PSI UHP Water Jetting) to the north Texas market in 2009. Since this time, UHP Water Jetting has made a fundamental change, not only in G&B’s business, but also in the North Texas market.This process, the best method for prepping a pool for re-plaster, also allows for major structural changes to pool shells without damage to the existing shell. It is the reason G&B offers a 10 year bond guarantee.The outdoor demo of a 40K unit from NLB will provide you with an opportunity to see how G&B preps for re-plasters on a daily basis.

Spotting Problems & Dealing with Them Before They Get Out of Hand - Nick Spirtos

A discussion of issues that swimming pool contractors often run into, including methods to avoid them and maximize the ability to get paid.


CEU's (Continuing Education Units) are not available for any of the above classes.

Genesis classes are IACET accredited.