PHTA Accepting Nominations for Two Industry Awards
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the trade association representing the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry, is now accepting nominations for both the 2023 Greg Garrett Scholarship Award and the 2023 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant. The winners will be honored at the PHTA Awards of Excellence Reception at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) in Las Vegas, NV, this November.
Greg Garrett Scholarship Award
This prestigious award was developed by the PHTA Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC) in memory of Greg Garrett, a former PHTA member. The award provides a $5,000 scholarship to two PHTA members in the builder or service sectors to use toward PHTA education or certification fees. PHTA is pleased to announce that Periodic Products, Inc. is sponsoring one of the two scholarships awarded this year.
“Greg Garrett and I served together on the Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee for almost a decade,” says Dr. Joseph Laurino, President and CEO of Periodic Products, Inc. “Greg had a passion for educating others on some of the most critical technical issues impacting our industry. Being able to continue sharing that passion through the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award means so much to me and Greg’s other industry peers.”
To be considered for the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award, an application form and two recommendations need to be submitted. PHTA members can self-nominate or nominate a fellow member. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 15.
For more information about the scholarship and to submit a nomination form, visit www.phta.org/garrett-award.
Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant
Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of PHTA and the Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC), this $5,000 grant honors a public health official or department who has made outstanding contributions to advance the public’s health and safe use of recreational water in pools, spas, and waterparks through educational, safety, operational, and technical programs.
“Public health officials and their organizations play a key role in ensuring our pools, waterparks, and other aquatic venues are safe and enjoyable for all,” says Jody O’Grady, Director of Customer Technical Support for Taylor Water Technologies LLC and Chair of the RWAQC. “The Lowry Grant is one way our industry can acknowledge, honor, and support their dedication and commitment. Dr. Lowry would be pleased to know that he is still having a positive impact on the recreational water safety community through this grant, more than a decade after his passing.”
To be considered for the Lowry Grant, the public health official or department must describe their planned or proposed program, the service provided and how it benefits public health and safety, the impact of the expected results, and how the grant funds will be used. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 8.
For more information about the grant and to submit a nomination form, visit www.phta.org/lowry-grant.