St. Charles, IL – Hundreds of distributors, contractors, and retailers from across North America came together for education, networking, and fun at the industry’s premiere water gardening event, Pondemonium® 2010, held August 5th – 7th at Aqualand, the corporate headquarters for Aquascape, Inc.
A variety of hands-on training sessions and workshops offered the basics, and more, for what’s needed to succeed in today’s water gardening industry. Ample networking opportunities were provided to allow attendees to share their expertise with one another.
During his opening address, Aquascape founder and CEO, Greg Wittstock emphasized the benefits of getting back to water garden basics in order to succeed in today’s economy. “Smaller water features and pond rehabs are popular requests by consumers across the country right now,” stated Wittstock. “While a good number of contractors are landing advanced projects and RainXchange® rainwater harvesting installations, the bread and butter of today’s industry lies with basic water features such as re-circulating fountains, Pondless® Waterfalls, and smaller ponds.”
At the close of his address, Wittstock announced the promotion of Colleen Heitzler to President of Aquascape. Heitzler has been employed for 9 years with the company, most recently as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. “Colleen has proven her enthusiasm, loyalty, and savvy as a leader in our company and the industry,” shared Wittstock. “I’m proud to have her on our team in this extended role.”
Additional recognition during Pondemonium® 2010 was given to Certified Aquascape Contractors (CAC) during the closing dinner on Saturday evening, held on the site of last year’s Green Community Makeover in Sugar Grove, IL. CAC of the Year (US) was awarded to Atlantis Water Gardens of Rockaway, NJ. Canadian CAC of the Year was presented to Bloom’n Dales Landscape & Design of Brampton, ON. Rookie CAC of the Year (US) was bestowed upon Earth Works of Jacksonville, FL, and Canadian Rookie CAC of the Year was awarded to Terra Nova Landscaping of Bedford, NS.
For more information on Pondemonium® or any of Aquascape’s other great training events, log on to www.aquascapeinc.com or call 866-877-6637 (US) or 866-766-3426 (CAN)
Aquascape is North America’s leading innovator in the water gardening industry. Aquascape invented the low-maintenance, naturally balanced ecosystem pond that is the # 1 contractor-installed water garden. The St. Charles, Illinois headquarters, dubbed “Aqualand,” received Silver Level recognition in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating system. Aquascape’s mission is to help our customers succeed at building, selling, and retailing water garden products. Aquascape and its vast network of Authorized AquascapePRO™ Distributors sell exclusively to contractors and retailers. Founded in 1991, Aquascape made the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies four years in a row. In 2005, founder and CEO Greg Wittstock was named one of America’s Best Bosses by FORTUNE Small Business Magazine and Winning Workplaces™.