NESPA: New Depths Podcast

NESPA: New Depths Podcast

The NESPA: New Depths Podcast is hosted by Northeast Spa & Pool Association's (NESPA) Executive Director, Dominick Mondi and features guests who will address various elements of the pool and spa industry.


October 19, 2023 8 mins

As Jeff joins the NESPA team as Industry Trainer, learn more about our plans for upcoming education programs.

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NESPA & NPC Explain the importance of two can't miss trade shows

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October 28, 2022 16 mins

In this episode, Dominick sits down with Julie Kazdin, president of NESPA’s Board of Directors. Julie shares how leadership lessons learned working with NESPA and our Long Island Chapter have impacted her company, Kazdin Pools & Spas. They discuss the challenges and the rewards of taking on leadership for a volunteer organization and how our volunteers have always been the key to NESPA’s success. 

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September 21, 2022 24 mins

In this episode, Dominick chats with Chuck Rienzi, founder of Aquatic Artists. After years of working in the landscape business, he evolved into creating ponds for his clients. As the business grew, Chuck found the company's niche, focusing exclusively on natural stone water features.    This focus came in place in 2005, and now he works on 50 to 60 projects a year with pool builders in 4 states. Chuck believes his most signif...

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July 26, 2022 30 mins

In this episode, Dominick catches up with Jesse Lubar, CEO of OMG National. OMG works with nearly 10,000 small businesses to help them navigate the near-constant evolution of internet marketing. As a NESPA partner, OMG has worked with pool companies to improve their lead generation. Jesse walks us through how a small business can reimagine its marketing mix to maximize the possibilities that digital marketing offers in today’s mark...

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July 22, 2022 32 mins

In this episode, we visit Loop-Loc headquarters in Hauppauge, NY.  Frank Vingerhoets, Director of Professional Services for Loop-Loc, shares how Loop-Loc has evolved since the 1970s and how he found his way into the swimming pool industry through the company.  Frank walks us through how products have progressed to address the complexity of today’s swimming pools.  Learn how the company brings together hand-crafted work with advance...

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May 31, 2022 36 mins

We check back in with Tom Flint of Thomas Flint Landscape Design and Development in this episode.  With nearly 20 years in the industry and 10 years as a NESPA, Tom shares how he stays inspired to tackle new projects and how his company has evolved with the support of his peers at NESPA.  Year after year, Tom enters NESPA’s Outstanding Achievement Awards as a way to push himself and his team to do better.  Beyond taking home the go...

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April 27, 2022 63 mins

In this explosive episode, Dom is joined by Steve Barnes – Director of Science and Compliance for AquaStar Pool Products.  You probably know Steve from his years teaching at the Pool & Spa Show, but did you know he spent 30 years as a pyrotechnician – creating and executing full-scale firework displays.  Steve is a 38-year veteran of the pool & spa industry, chairs the PHTA Technical Committee, ANSI/APSP-16, the Federal VGB...

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March 10, 2022 52 mins

In this episode of New Depths , we tackle marketing fundamentals for pool pros with Brett Abbott.  A regular presenter at The Pool & Spa Show, Brett has focused his consulting business exclusively in the pool and spa industry for over 15 years.  Brett shares insights on the essentials you need in your marketing program to position your company for long-term success. Dominick and Brett talk about how to determine what your compa...

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March 9, 2022 23 mins

In this episode, we talk with Brian Diglio of Blue Wave Pool Service & Supplies With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Brian played a crucial role in developing the Rookie to All-Star - Pool Service Fundamentals program with NESPA.  Brian was at the NESPA Headquarters to deliver the course to a new group of rookies.   He shares with Dominick how the training center at NESPA brings the lesson he teaches to life.  More...

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March 7, 2022 35 mins

In this episode of New Depths, Dom is joined by Amy Rullo (past president of NESPA and current president of the Penn-Jersey Chapter) and Sarah Garrahan (past president of Penn-Jersey Chapter.  They share their personal journeys as women working in our industry and how Penn Jersey launched the Women in the Industry group.  Learn more about the successes of WITI, what they are planning next and how you can get involved with them no m...

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February 18, 2022 44 mins

We kick off season 2 of New Depths with Jim Dorsey of Kayden Manufacturing.  Jim’s path into the pool industry is one of the most unique we’ve heard, but somehow it makes complete sense. 

In the late ’90s, Jim began working with punk rock legends, the Misfits.  He started managing merch and slowly took on more responsibilities, and ultimately landed as manager as the band traveled worldwide.  Recognizing the gaps in his schedule and...

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In Episode 73 of the Pool Nation Podcast, we talk to Dominick Mondi Executive Director of NESPA, and his journey into the pool industry. We talk about the history of NESPA and its advocacy for the pool industry. We talk in detail about the Pool Spa Show that will take place in Atlantic City on January 25th to 27th and what it takes to put on such a large event. Dom discusses the expo part of the show with over 300 vendors and how t...

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November 9, 2021 28 mins

In Episode 14, Dominick catches up with Chris Rauschenbach of Puravida Outdoor Living.  Chris was born into the industry and worked for many years on the distribution side for his family’s company – Seaboard Industries. He recently took the leap and launched his own backyard design and construction business.

Chris shares why one of the first things he did was as a company owner was to join NESPA!  Dominick and Chris chat about his p...

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In Episode 13, we continue our conversation with NPC’s Smooth Finish and discuss the many ways our organizations work together, the importance of industry collaboration, and how joining efforts is just plain smart.   We dive deeper into our Winter Effects Taskforce and share what will be happening at each of our Trade Shows in 2022. 


Participants from Smooth Finish- Brent Lane, Chris Marcano, Rob Romano

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September 28, 2021 48 mins

It’s the collaboration we’ve all been waiting for!  Leaders from the Northeast Spa & Pool Association and the National Plasterers Council sit down to discuss winterization, including their joint  Winter Effects Taskforce.  In this cross-over episode of Smooth Finishes and New Depths, Dominick is joined by incoming NESPA President Chas Bogardus and the team from NPC - Brent Lane, Chris Marcano, and Rob Romano (wearing two hats a...

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August 17, 2021 33 mins

In this Episode 11, Dominick catches up with Howard Roberts of Liquidscapes. They chat about crafting the perfect outdoor environment design specifically for each customer. He shares the balance between big picture elements and the small details he needs to deliver exactly what works for each homeowner. After 40+ years in the industry, Howard shares his career path and how now, decades later, his son is blazing his trail in the poo...

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August 16, 2021 17 mins

In Episode 10, we talk with Amy Rullo, president of NESPA.  As Amy wraps up her year as the association's president, she looks back at the many challenges we faced in 2020 and 2021. She also shares with us what she's excited about as we look ahead to the tremendous opportunities for our industry and the innovative approaches NESPA is taking to support us.

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