National Swimming Pool Foundation® Recognizes Top Instructors

Foundation Gives Instructor Awards for Excellence

Colorado Springs, COLORADO, December 6, 2018­—The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) has announced the winners of its annual Instructor Awards, presented to active NSPF Instructors whose diligence over the previous year marked a significant contribution to advancing NSPF’s mission. Just prior to the 2018 World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC) in Charleston, South Carolina, NSPF formally recognized the top instructors and companies in this very competitive field.

NSPF Instructor AwardsAmong the portfolio of programs taught by NSPF Instructors is Certified Pool Operator® (CPO®) Certification, the world’s leading verifiable pool and spa training credential. According to CEO Tom Lachocki, “NSPF Instructors are responsible not just for extending the reach of NSPF’s mission and brand, but for bringing a measure of reliability and safety to the local communities they service. They’re ambassadors of a message of safety in pool operation, and it’s our pleasure to honor their high standards and hard work.”

NSPF Instructor AwardsThe following instructors and companies were recognized this year:

Most Certified Individuals in First Year as an Instructor – Brian Alexander Stewart of Pool Training Academy received the award after certifying an impressive 508 new students in his first year. Roberto J. Marquez and Scott A. McElroy of Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc.—who certified 152 and 130 new students, respectively—were also recognized in this category.

Most Certified Individuals by a Company – Two companies were recognized for their outstanding work in the past year: Pool Operation Management, which certified 1,712 people, and Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc., which certified 1,018 people. Founded in 1980, Pool Operation Management offers consulting, training, education, and management services for residential and commercial pool clients. Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc. was founded in 1963 and, in addition to certifying pool operators, runs over 900 retail centers and five distribution centers throughout the country.

Most Certified Individuals in a Blended Format – Receiving this award for the second year in a row was Ecolab, Inc., which certified 374 students in an online format, more than doubling the number of students they taught using Pool Operator Primer™ during the previous year. Ecolab’s pool and spa solutions include a wide range of support services and programs, as well as products and equipment for safe pool operation.  

NSPF Instructor AwardsMost Certified Individuals by a Company in Spanish – Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina (APPAC) of Mexico certified more students in Spanish (372) than any other company outside the USA. APPAC has been using NSPF educational programs since 2011, elevating the aquatic field in Mexico by teaching CPO® Certification courses.

Additionally, two U.S. instructors were recognized for their many Spanish-language certifications. José Miguel Torres—owner of Paraiso Pools in Debary, Florida—certified 273 students. And Josep M. Veciana of Miami’s Dadeland Pool Plus certified 204 students.

NSPF Instructor AwardsThe Milestone Awards – NSPF’s Milestone Awards honor active instructors with the highest total number of certifications during the year. Steve Scheuer of Certified Pool Trainers, Inc. topped the list, receiving a Milestone Award for certifying 804 students. Instructors who certified more than 200 students were recognized by NSPF with an honorary Milestone plaque. The top ten instructors all certified over 500 students this year:

  • Steve Scheuer (Certified Pool Trainers, Inc.): 804
  • Tim Auerhahn (Aquatic Council, LLC): 710
  • Rick Stewart (Pool Training Academy, LLC): 702
  • Scott W. Ford (Tropical Aquatics Pool Education, Inc.): 682
  • Robert R. Freligh (Nationwide Aquatic Consulting): 678
  • Armando Esparza (Aquatics by Armando): 652
  • David L. Turnage (Turnage & Associates): 611
  • Trevor A. Sherwood II (Pool Operation Management): 604
  • Rudy Stankowitz (Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants): 523
  • Chad G. Storley (Horizon Pool Supply): 509

NSPF Instructors certified a total of 34,270 students worldwide during the awards period. To date, instructors from the organization have certified over half a million students. For more information on NSPF’s CPO® Certification, visit Browse the full list of Instructor Award winners below. 

About National Swimming Pool Foundation®
We believe everything we do helps people live happier and healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. Founded in 1965 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, NSPF proceeds go to fund education, research, and to help create swimmers. The NSPF family includes Genesis and the California Pool & Spa Association. Visit or call 719-540-9119 to learn more about the NSPF family of products, programs, and services.


Instructor Name Company Totals
Most Certified Individuals in First Year 6/1/17 - 5/31/18   Number Certified
Brian Alexander Stewart Pool Training Academy 508
Roberto J. Marquez   152
Scott A. McElroy Leslie's Poolmart, Inc 130
Most Certified Individuals by a Company 6/1/17 - 5/31/18   Number Certified
Pool Operation Management   1,712
Leslie's Poolmart, Inc   1,018
Most Certified Individuals - Blended Format 6/1/17 - 5/31/18   Number Taught
Ecolab, Inc.   374
Mayor Cantidad de Estudiantes por Compañía en Español 6/1/17 - 5/31/18    
(Most Certified Individuals by a Company in Spanish)   Number Certified
  Asociacion de Profesionales de la Piscina (APPAC) 330
The Milestone Award - 800 CPO Certifications (6/1/17 - 5/31/18)   Number Certified
Steve Scheuer Certified Pool Trainers, Inc. 804
The Milestone Award - 700 CPO Certifications (6/1/17 - 5/31/18)   Number Certified
Tim Auerhahn Aquatic Council, LLC 710
Rick Stewart Pool Training Academy LLC 702
The Milestone Award - 600 CPO Certifications (6/1/17 - 5/31/18)   Number Certified
Scott W. Ford Tropical Aquatics Pool Education, Inc. 682
Robert R. Freligh Nationwide Aquatic Consulting 678
Armando Esparza Aquatics By Armando 652
David L. Turnage Turnage & Associates 611
Trevor A. Sherwood II Pool Operation Management 604
The Milestone Award - 500 CPO Certifications (6/1/17 - 5/31/18)   Number Certified
Rudy Stankowitz Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants 523
Chad G. Storley Horizon Pool Supply 509
The Milestone Award - 300 CPO Certifications (6/1/17 - 5/31/18)   Number Certified
Brian Alexander Stewart Pool Training Academy 324
Robert Richards Pool & Spa Rx 323
The Milestone Award - 200 CPO Certifications (6/1/17 - 5/31/18)   Number Certified
Charles W. Rochford Pool Tech Midwest, Inc. 281
David W. Peters Lonza 281
Katrina K. Campbell Pool Operation Management 280
Roy R. Fielding The Pool Professor, Inc. 280
José Miguel Torres Paraiso Pools 273
Craig J. Swegle Pool Doctor (Colorado) 269
John Kevin Tucker Educational Leverage, LLC 254
William Sexton Best Aquatic Management 227
Terry Munoz T & C Systems 225
Connie G. Centrella Connie Centrella Consulting, LLC 223
Joan G. Navratil Horizon CPO Seminars 221
Steve Michael Donohoe Another Perfect Pool 210
Josep M. Veciana Dadeland Pool Plus 204
Michael A. Piciulo Pool Operator Training 203
Stacy Baqui S&R Water Consultants 203
Steve L. Craig SLC Pool Consultants 202
Emosi Loanakadavu Vodo Continental Pools, Inc. 201
The Milestone Award - 100 CPO Certifications (6/1/17 - 5/31/18)   Number Certified
Raymond Eric Brett Pool Operations Management 198
Mike Volkers Horizon Commercial Pool Supply 197
Brian R. Diglio Blue Wave Pool Service and Supplies 193
Norman M. Dinsky NSPEC, INC. 192
Deborah Todner Aqua Pure Enterprises, Inc. 190
Jeffrey J. Kopp Horizon Commercial Pool Supply 189
Charles E. Allen, Jr. Original 7, Inc. 185
Benjamin A. Everhart Aquatic Management Group, Inc. / Wake Tech Community College 183
David W. Boyce Atlantic Solutions, Inc. 183
Vern H. Ellefsen Ellefsen-Daniels Consulting 183
Vann A. Flippen Chadwell Supply 181
Jean-Pierre Lajoie ASI Distributions Inc. 179
Scott R. Hurst Aquatic Research & Consulting 177
Tracy Phoenix Blakely Pool Operation Management 174
Derrick K. Sisco PoolSure 173
Randy Jacobsen HD Supply 172
Joseph P. Goss Department of Parks & Recreation - County of Los Angeles 170
Michael R. Robertson USA Pro Aquatic 169
Todd Schwab PoolPros Marketing and Consulting, LLC 162
Anthony W. Hargis Leslie's Poolmart, Inc. 161
Gilbert Daws Gil Daws and Associates, LLC 161
James Andrew Meador KIAM Property Services, LLC / Triangle Apartment Association 157
Michael W. Hamer The Ohio State University 157
Edwin G. Meier EGM Pool Management 151
John Richard Donovan NV Pools, Inc. 151
Lee Elliott Bryan Pool Operation Management 151
Albert Lopez Leslie's Poolmart, Inc. 149
Cameron Deal, Jr. S&R Water Consultants 148
Bob Buettner Pool Pros CPO Training 147
Bradley Ryan Bryson Advanced Commercial Pool & Spa 147
Ben C. Stobnicki   145
Thomas W. Sadley II Wilmar 145
Roberto J. Marquez   140
Christopher D. Tinsley Colonial Village at West End 135
Nebojsa Mijatovic Sunset Pool Inc. 135
Roy N. Carter Champions School of Real Estate 135
Gregory "Buzz" Butler Advanced Technology Products Inc. (ATP) 133
Harold G. Brown Spear Corporation 131
Jeff Ciudad Real Aquatic Pool Management - Aquatic Pool Inspection 129
Michael C. Evans Pool Training Institute LLC 129
Brent D. Brockmeyer Vaughan Pools & Spas 128
Paul T. Blake American Pool Consultants 128
Lauren M. Broom Indian River Department of Health (Florida) 127
David E. G. Boyle Blue Water World 124
Joseph DeVito Pool Operation Management 124
Robert E. Cordier Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park 124
Bradley R. Thatcher Thatcher Pools & Spas 121
Allan G. Rose B & R Pools and Swim Shop 120
Steve A. Sherwood Sherwood Pool Consulting Group 119
V. John Truglio CSL Water Quality, Inc. 119
Heather Patricia Pierce-Sifrit Jazzie Pools Spa & Fitness 118
Jerel J. Ternes   118
Peter Cory Willis Pool & Spa Education/Consulting, LLC 117
Robert A. Braid CPO Durham 117
John A. Brown, Jr. Pool Operation Management 114
Russell T. Fausnaugh Pool Pro, LLC 114
Gregory C. Sammel Pinch A Penny 113
Neal P. Aker Ecolab, Inc. 113
Russell D. Hoeppner   112
Jeremy Stiles YMCA of Greater Boston 111
Ilene B. Lubeck Best Aquatic Management, LLC 110
Bryce Steven Jones Spear Corporation 109
Kenneth Robert Walther Valley Aquatic Solutions LLC 108
Grant E. Almquist Texas Apartment Pool Services, LLC 107
Jacqueline Louise Schnider Alberta Health Services 104
Michael Olvera HD Supply 103
Charles W. Neidlinger Best Aquatic Management 102
Donna M. Stack Safe Aquatics for Everyone 102
Emil J. Bonavita III B & R Pools and Swim Shop 102
Eric R. Sailor Olympic Pools 101
Lynn G. Spaulding Savol Pools 101
Pat Kirk CPO Wyoming 101
Michael J. Bonavita B & R Pools and Swim Shop 100


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