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A Brief History of the National Plasterers Council
The National Plasterers Council history goes back to the creation of the Plasterers Council under the auspices of the Southern California Chapter of the National Spa & Pool Institute. With the vision and work of Bruce Hughes, the Council was formed to "provide a voice and support for swimming pool plasterers."
For two years, the Council grew in awareness for the pool plastering industry and gained support from manufacturers, plasterers, and interested parties primarily in California. In 1990, the Plasterers Council instituted a Membership system with dues to expand its ability to provide benefits and pay for the expenses of the Council.
From 1990 to 1992, the Council and National leadership of the National Spa & Pool Institute discussed the potential and opportunities of the Plasterers Council becoming a part of the National Spa & Pool Institute's national structure. After many meetings and discussions, the Council Board of Directors and membership decided it was in their best interest to become a separate national trade association for pool plasterers. In 1994, the Council incorporated in California as National Plasterers Council, Inc. and became a 501(c)(6) trade association.
From its formation in 1988, the Council has been focused on studying plaster surface problems and the writing of technically sound practices for the industry. The original Technical Manual was first published in partnership with and under the umbrella of the National Spa & Pool Institute in 1992. The first stand alone National Plasterers Council Technical Manual, was published in 1994. Updated versions were published in 1998 and 2002. Future additions will be printed as supplies dictate. In the mid 90's the Council worked to produce educational videos for consumers that are also used as contractor's sales tools.
In 2003, the Council hired a new management firm and moved its incorporation and offices to Florida. A Strategic Plan was established to define the priorities of the Council and will be updated annually. The plan calls for pool surface research to be a primary focus of the NPC. The Council has established a new nonprofit charitable corporation called the NPC Research Foundation, Inc. The Foundation will be the fundraising arm for NPC Research in the future.
Other priorities include nationwide membership recruitment, new member benefits, and new educational opportunities including a pool surface applicator certification program. NPC has a very strong foundation and vision which will take the association to new levels now and in the future.
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