PHTA Committees

PHTA Committees develop and manage many critical programs and initiatives that advance the organization’s mission and success. These industry leaders explore vital technical issues that affect the quality, safety, enjoyment of pools, hot tubs, and spas, and advance the professional practices of PHTA members. 

Joseph Laurino, Ph.D, Chairman
Periodic Products
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kevin Cox
NSF International
Ann Arbor, MI

James Egan, Ph.D.
LaMotte Company
Chestertown, MD

Philip Escobedo
Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
Vista, CA

Rich Gallo
Pure Swim, Inc.
Santa Clarita, CA

Gregory Garrett
Member of National Plasterers Council
Applied Materials Technologies, Inc.
Chandler, AZ

Kenneth Gregory
Pentair Water Quality Systems
Washington, UT

Chris Kareis, Ph.D.
Axiall, A Westlake Company
Monroeville, PA

Mary F. Ostrowski
American Chemistry Council  
Washington, D.C.

Touraj Rowhani
Alpharetta, GA

Terry Snow
Member of the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association
TLS Pool Service
Upland, CA

John Weber
Bio-Lab, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA



Chris Curcio
Litehouse Products, LLC
Strongsville, OH

Rich Garbee
GLI Pool Products
Youngstown, OH

Jeff Fausett
TLC Strategy
Las Vegas, NV

Jeanne Fec
Frank Lynn & Associates Ltd.
Itasca, IL

Keith Mulkern
Aquaknow Pools, Inc.
Weymouth, MA

Staff Liaison:
Linda Beza



Chris Curcio
Litehouse Products, LLC
Strongsville, OH

Rich Garbee
Youngstown, OH

Jeff Fausett
TLC Strategy
Las Vegas, NV

Martin Silver
Bel-Aqua Pool Supply, Inc.
New Rochelle, NY



Robert Blanda, CBP, CSP
Mill Bergen Pool Center
Brooklyn, NY

Kyle Chaikin
Chaikin Pools, Inc.
Deer Park, NY

Nathan Coelho
Master Spas Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN

Rick English, CBP
English Pool Consulting
San Diego, CA

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

Chris Marcano
Natural Chemistry Inc.
Kansas City, MO

John Schaedler
Aqua Quip – Outlet (HQ)
Renton, WA

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

Joseph Vassallo Sr., CBP
Paragon Pools
Las Vegas, NV

Paul Wahler, CSP
Lusby, MD

Silvia Uribe, Staff Liaison
703.838.0083 ext. 212



The IHTA of PHTA Engineering Committee are portable spa and hot tub manufacturers that advise key industry leaders on issues surrounding portable spa and hot tub standards, codes and laws impacting the industry.

Michael McCague
Watkins Manufacturing
Vista, CA

Jeff Dugger
MAAX Spas Industries Corporation
Chandler, AZ

Drew Ferrie
Ventura, CA

Brian Knoops
Jacuzzi Hot Tubs
Chino, CA

Bob Lauter
Master Spas Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN

Cindi Magray
Spa Manufacturers, Inc.
Clearwater, FL

Steve Macey
Watkins Manufacturing
Vista, CA

Ray Mirzaei
Waterway Plastics
Oxnard, CA

Louis Nollet
Gecko Alliance
Quebec, QC Canada

Tony Pipitone
Balboa Water Group
Tustin, CA

Angelo Pugliese
Custom Molded Products
Newnan, GA

Jatinder Sidhu
Coast Spas Manufacturing, Inc.
Langley, BC Canada

Sandra Yue
Beachcomber Hot Tubs
Surrey, BC Canada

Staff Liaison:
Jennifer Hatfield




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Rick Harvey
Biolab - A KIK Custom Products Company
Lawrenceville, GA

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Caley Gibbs
Gib-San Pool & Landscape Creations
Toronto, ON CANADA

Melanie Brzozowski
All Seasons Pools & Spas Inc.
Orland Park, IL

Chris Cavanaugh
Cavanaugh Pool, Spa & Patio
Madisonville, KY

Mitch Katz Headshot

Mitch Katz
Elite Landscaping Inc.
Poughkeepsie, NY

Megan Kendrick Headshot

Megan Kendrick
Kendrick Content (SpaRetalier, PoolPro)
Norman, OK

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Reid Schindler, CBP
Claffey Pools
Southlake, TX

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Skye Svenningsen
Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
Vista, CA

Jason Vaughan Headshot

Jason Vaughan
National Pools of Roanoke, Inc.
Roanoke, VA

Staff Liaison

Andrea Wells



April Nielsen, Chairman
Atlanta, GA

Noel Conley
Miracle Pool Service
Garland, TX

Brett Abbott
Pool Builder Marketing
Austin, TX

John Norwood
California Pool & Spa Association
Sacramento, CA

Chris Robinson
Lucite International
Cordova, TN

Dick Covert
Master Pools Guild, Inc.
Richmond, VA