Alexandria, VA,- The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)has chosen Tommy Johnson as the 2010 CBP of the Year. The award is the APSP Builders Council’s lifetime achievement award, presented to a Certified Building Professional (CBP) and APSP member whose accomplishments have made a significant contribution to the profession.
Johnson and his wife Penny own Johnson Pools & Spas of Huntsville and Madison, Ala. – an APSP member company since 1979. Through Johnson Pools, our 2010 CBP of the Year built the world’s first vanishing edge vinyl liner pool and built vanishing edge pools in fiberglass, gunite and structural concrete design. Today, Johnson Pools & Spas is noted by other members of the APSP Builders Council as a leader in the industry: using the best standards, most updated building methods and technology and the highest quality products to bring superior value to customers.
A founding member of the APSP Builders Council and the current chair of the APSP Builder Education Program, Johnson is passionately devoted to promoting and improving pool industry training. Johnson is a prime example of leadership in education; He is a member of the inaugural CBP class and continues to maintain his designation while advancing and reviewing material for the APSP CBP Manual. He continues to pave the way for CBP testing in new venues and has in recent years has contributed to the designation of over 80 new APSP Certified Building Professionals.
“The builders I coach say that becoming certified by APSP is one of the best things they have ever done,” Johnson says.
Consistently since 1980, Johnson Pools & Spas has received local, regional and international awards and recognition for Johnson’s innovative designs and commitment to community and industry service. In addition to his work with the Builders Council and CBP program, Johnson also served on the APSP national board of directors and acts as house property manager for the Huntsville-Madison County Civitan Club of America, an organization that provides independent housing and services for people with mental handicaps.
Peers describe Johnson as the “consummate example of a professional builder.” He is respected for treating customers and fellow industry members “with the utmost respect and professionalism” and for giving his time, energy and resources to promote the industry, the building segment and specifically, the CBP program.
“I am very, very honored,” Johnson says. “This is one of those things that you shoot for, but you just don’t know if you’ll ever get there.” He encourages other professionals to start volunteering as well, and to start earlier than he did. “Most of the time, you gain more than you give,” he says. “It will always be worth it.”
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s largest international trade association representing the swimming pool, spa and hot tub industry. APSP’s mission is ensuring consumer safety and enhancing the business success of its members. Members adhere to a code of business ethics and share a commitment to public health and safety in the use of pools, spas and hot tubs. APSP member companies include manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, retailers, and service professionals. For more information visit www.APSP.org.