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The Program

*Program subject to change/more details to come

POWERED BY PHTA MIDWEST CHAPTER

MONDAY, MARCH

11th

8:00am - 5:00pm

Registration

Registration Open

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Service Technician (CST)

Dave Thompson

 

View course description and details here.  Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

Training

Pentair Workshop

Register Here

TUESDAY, MARCH

1th

7:30am - 5:00pm

Registration

Registration Open

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Service Technician (CST)

Dave Thompson

 

View course description and details here.  Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

GENESIS

E211 Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas

Terry Brannon, P.E. 

 

Course requires separate registration.  View course description and register here

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) 

Steve Sowa

 

View course description and details here. Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

Training

Pentair Workshop

Register Here

9:00am - 5:00pm

Training

Swim Life Spas Meeting

Private event

8:00am - 5:00pm

Training

BioGuard Dealer Meeting

Private event

9:00am - 4:00pm

Training

New Pool Building Trends – How to Stay Ahead of Your Competition

Presented by Renolit

 

View Session Description

Registration required. 

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking Event

Reception

Enjoy this networking reception for AQUA Live Spring Training participants and exhibitors, complete with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Room: Marquis 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Networking Event

WAVE Reception

Calling all pool and spa professionals aged 40 and under! Strike it up with your peers on the bowling lanes of Pinstripes, and enjoy a night of games, fun and networking. Registration for this event is required ($15). Included with your reception registration: drink tickets (2), appetizers and bowling.

Location: Pinstripes | 7 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL

WEDNESDAY, MARCH

13 th

7:30am - 5:00pm

Registration

Registration Open

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Service Technician (CST)

Dave Thompson

 

View course description and details here.  Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

GENESIS

E211 Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas

Terry Brannon, P.E. 

 

Course requires separate registration.  View course description and register here.

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Pool & Hot Tub Technician (CHTT)

Gary Shemanski

 

View course description and details here. Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS)

Jason Miller

 

View course description and details here. Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

Training

Hydro Pool Dealer Meeting

Private event

8:00am - 10:00am

 

Seminar

Vinyl Liners: Measuring and Prepping for Installations & Replacements

Presented by Merlin

Open to everyone - register for this course during registration

10:30am - 3:30pm

Training

Raypak Dealer Meeting

Registration required

RayPak product training and troubleshooting on gas heaters and heat pumps including the new Avia and crosswind V. Presented by Brad Duncan RayPak National Trainer. 

10:00am - 11:00am
 

Seminars

Basic Chemistry and Borates

Rick Rupert, Haviland

Open to everyone - register for this course during registration

11:00am - 12:00pm

Seminars

Metallic and Organic Stains

John Bereza, Haviland

Open to everyone - register for this course during registration

9:00am - 2:50pm

Seminars

Business Track

9:00am - 9:50am

Face Your Workforce Challenges Head-On | Seth Ewing, PHTA

11:00am - 11:50am

Identifying the Best Digital Marketing Strategies for the Pool Industry | Mitchell Hersey, Local IQ

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Rules of the Game - Fostering Strong Company Culture | Mike Panella

1:00pm - 1:50pm

Mastering Difficult Customers & Conversations | Mallory Bjekich-Wachhowski & Jane Merritt, Toolbox for Excellence

 

Technical Track

8:30am - 9:50am

Safety Around a Pool | Chris Heemstra, Pentair

10:00am - 10:50am

Winterizing and Cold Water Chemistry | Alicia Stephens, BioGuard

11:00am - 11:50am

Troubleshooting Pools: What Keeps Us Up at Night | Alicia Stephens, BioGuard

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Liner Measurement from Tech to Pro | Lori Connolly, Tara Liners

2:00pm - 2:50pm

Finding Leaks: Turning Headaches into Profit | Brad Madison, Anderson 

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall 

Exhibit Hall Hours

Get a look at the top products in the industry during the exhibit hours at Spring Training. 

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Networking Event

Concert

Kick back and enjoy the tunes from one of Chicagoland's best bands, Lara Bell.  The concert is sponsored by Aqua-Gon. 

 

Room: Marquis 

THURSDAY, MARCH

14 th

7:30am - 5:00pm

Registration

Registration Open

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Service Technician (CST)

Dave Thompson

 

View course description and details here.  Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Pool & Hot Tub Technician (CHTT)

Gary Shemanski

 

View course description and details here. Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

PHTA Certification Course

Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS)

Jason Miller

 

View course description and details here. Registration required. 

8:00am - 5:00pm

Training

Jacuzzi Swim Spas Meeting

Private event

9:00am - 2:50pm

Seminars

Business Track

9:00am - 9:50am

Service Power Panel | Justin Lex, Melanie Brzozowski, Dan Lenz, Jane Merritt, Gaelan Seibold

10:00am - 10:50am

Retail Power Panel | Make Panella, Tom Sekulski, Mallory Bjekich-Wachowski, Jane Merritt, Rene Huston

11:00am - 11:50am

Marketing Power Panel | Rene Huston, Nadine Nuzzo

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Power Panel | Dennis Marunde, Mallory Bjekich-Wachowski, Mike Panella, Dan Lenz

1:00pm - 1:50pm

Performance Excellence: Employee Incentives & Tracking | Mallory Bjekich-Wachowski & Jane Merritt, Toolbox for Excellence

2:00pm - 2:50pm

Streamlined Systems for Residential In-Ground Pool Sales & Construction Techniques | Cardinal 

 

Technical Track

9:00am - 9:50am

Known Surface Stains: Issues and Solutions | Pete Kur, Jack's Magic

10:00am - 10:50am

TBD | Ryan Kemp, Fluidra

11:00am - 11:50am

TBD | Ryan Kemp, Fluidra

12:00pm - 12:50pm

Cover Measurement by Drone | Rich Weber, Findlay Vinyl

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