Co-founder of National Tile and Stone Authority, Inc. in Winnetka, CA
Greg Andrews is a nationally renowned and award-winning tile contractor and glass mosaic expert. Having completed some of the most intricate and detail-oriented pools in the country, he's well known for his mastery of pool tile installations. While keeping active in installations, Greg's focus in the past decade has gradually turned towards industry involvement in the form of teaching, lecturing, training, and consulting. He also manages a Pool Tile Technical Committee through National Tile and Stone Authority, a consulting firm that he co-founded. This level of involvement keeps Greg connected with top-tiered tile installers product manufacturers throughout the country, and up-to-date with the latest in product technology and installation techniques.
National Tile and Stone Authority, Inc.
Owner / Designer at Bianchi Design in Scottsdale, AZ
Even as a young boy, Kirk Bianchi was captivated by creative pursuits such as photography, model building, and dioramas. These interests drove him to pursue architecture studies at Arizona State University. After college, Bianchi went to work for a major pool company in Phoenix, learning about the business from the trenches. Soon his design talent emerged, and he was encouraged to bring his unique creative vision to every project. In 1999, Kirk founded his own company, WaterScapes by Bianchi Design. His mission is to transform your ordinary backyard into a "waterscape," or a custom work of art. Today, he is among the elite as an Arizona Pool Builder.
Fiberglass Product Director at Latham Pools in Latham, NY
Rick Black began his career in the swimming pool industry in 1992. He owned and operated two retail and construction stores specializing in the sale and installation of fiberglass pools. In 2000 he, along with two business partners, purchased a fiberglass pool manufacturing company and created the brand Trilogy. Trilogy was sold to Latham Pool Products, Inc. in 2011. Since joining Latham, Rick has served the Fiberglass Division in the roles of Assistant Operations Director, Director of Warranty and Field Services, Southeastern Business Development Manager, and is currently the Fiberglass Product Director.
Fiberglass Product Director
Latham Pools in Latham, NY
Founder-Emeritus of The Brannon Corporation in Tyler, TX
GENESIS® Engineering Faculty Advisor
Terry began his career in public works, beginning with the Cities of Irving and Tyler, Texas, before founding The Brannon Corporation. He continues to specialize in public works projects, but the firm has carved out an aquatic niche using their expertise in water conveyance, treatment, and structural design. Terry is registered in 23 states as a licensed professional engineer. Now he is in semi-retirement from the engineering consulting business. With 50 years total in engineering and 40 years in aquatics, he keeps himself busy sharing his experiences by writing and training engineers and contractors in the design and construction of aquatic facilities from public fountains to splash pads, water parks, competition venues, lakes and streams, and private pools. He continues as a consultant to various construction management companies, hotels and resorts, municipalities, and branches of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Terry Brannon, P.E.
The Brannon Corporation
Architect + LEED AP
Paul is a designer and architect with a wide range of professional and academic experiences. He has worked on large-scale projects ranging from skyscrapers, healthcare facilities, and performing arts centers while at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven, Connecticut, to small-scale civic buildings at Cherry Huffman Architects in Raleigh, North Carolina. More recently, he has collaborated with Manuel Zeitlin Architects, Van Pond Architect, William C. Johnson Architect, David Kidd Architect, Root ARCH, and Centric Architecture in Nashville, Tennessee. In conjunction with these professional activities, he has taught at the university level on an adjunct basis at such notable institutions as Wesleyan University and Connecticut College, and locally at Watkins College of Art. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the North Carolina State University College of Design and a Master of Architecture from the Yale University School of Architecture. He also has studied in France and Spain.
Paul John Boulifard
Architect + LEED AP
Owner of J. Brownlee Design in Franklin, TN
Jason is owner of J. Brownlee Design, a firm specializing in custom and creative outdoor living projects for residential and resort environments. He serves as the principal designer and works collaboratively with both homeowners and contractors across the country to develop a complete outdoor lifestyle design for his customers. Jason's passion for design becomes evident in his projects that are diverse in scale, style, and project location, and include the necessary technical, hydraulic, and construction design details to take a project from concept to completion. Jason holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University and is a registered landscape architect. His projects have won numerous National Design Awards and have been featured on HGTV and in other print and video publications.
J. Brownlee Design
Co-owner of Alpentile
For more than 20 years, Amy has avidly embraced all aspects of the tile industry, from product development, manufacturing and design, to her current role as Owner/Operator of Alpentile, a full service tile installation company that specializes in the most complex of tile environments– glass mosaic pools and spas. Her track record of achievement includes diversity and adventure – Whether running a restaurant in Tibet, designing products for Oceanside Glasstile, touring the AIA speaking circuit, or managing a manufacturing plant, Amy has developed her 360 degree perspective by enthusiastically immersing herself in the hands-on details of each opportunity. Amy’s strong foundation in creative design and her passion for excellence are the driving forces behind her success.
Western Director of Sales; Miracote
Trevor has been in the concrete waterproofing, restoration, and decorative coatings industry for 22 years. Trevor started as a crew foreman for a concrete company in Colorado. He then went on to operate his own successful waterproofing and decorative concrete company for five years. Foster now works at Miracote, where he is responsible for sales growth and business development in the western states, and handles all field technical assistance and technical site evaluations.
Western Director of Sales
Executive Director and Technical Director at the American Shotcrete Association in Nashville, TN
Charles Hanskat, P.E. is Executive Director and Technical Director for the American Shotcrete Association. He is a licensed professional engineer in 23 states. Charles has been involved in the design, construction, evaluation, and repair of environmental concrete, marine, building, and shotcrete structures for over 35 years.
He is an active voting or consulting member of many ACI technical and board committees, including the ACI 301, ACI 318-A, ACI 350, and ACI 506. He is a board member of ACI’s Strategic Development Council and chairs the SDC TTAG Committee. He was also 2014 President of the American Shotcrete Association.
Charles has been active in professional and technical engineering societies. He served as president of Florida Engineering Society and a national director of NSPE. He is a fellow member of ACI, ASCE, and FES, and an active member of ACI, ASA, ASCC, ASTM, and SDC.
He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
Charles Hanskat, P.E.
Executive Director and Technical Director
American Shotcrete Association
Partner at River Pools and Spas in Warsaw, VA
After working in pool construction throughout his high school and college years, Jason founded River Pools in 2001 with his two partners. After experiencing tremendous growth in the Central Virginia market as an installer, the 2008 recession led River Pools to focus on digital marketing. The brand exploded online and led to the company's marketing philosophy being featured in publications as The New York Times and Forbes magazine. Following continued growth as an installer and ultimately being named a Top 50 Pool Builder by Pool & Spa News, River Pools expanded into the manufacturing of fiberglass pools in 2013. Upon entering the manufacturing space, Jason realized the need to bring the various manufacturers together and co-founded the Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers Council within the PHTA, of which he currently serves as Chair. Jason's fiberglass-pool-related articles have been featured in Pool & Spa News and AQUA Magazine, and he teaches fiberglass pool installation courses at various industry trade shows.
River Pools and Spas
Scot Hunsaker purchased a small engineering firm operating as a sole proprietorship from his father. That firm, Counsilman • Hunsaker, has designed aquatic facilities, including Olympic venues, all over the world. During his tenure as CEO and owner, he grew Counsilman • Hunsaker’s revenue by a factor of 7, quadrupled the number of employees, opened 4 new offices in the U.S., and went from being licensed to operate in 10 states to operating in all 50, plus 3 Canadian provinces. He sold Counsilman • Hunsaker to the employees for cash in 2012. He has spoken on the topic of ownership thinking across the U.S. and internationally. He is also the author of 30 published articles. Scot serves on several boards of directors. In 2013, he formed Ardent Consulting, whose mission is to help CEOs and business owners prepare for their ultimate transition, with a particular focus on teaching employees how to think like owners.
Director of Design & Marketing for Lunada Bay Tile in Harbor City, CA
Feras Irikat is the director of design and marketing for Lunada Bay Tile, a leader in the design and production of handcrafted glass, stone, metal, wood and ceramic tiles. Regarded as an innovator in the design industry, he is a multi-dimensional marketing and branding professional with a talent to build strong teams and brand visibility in a variety of markets. Irikat holds a bachelor's degree in interior design and a master's degree in family and consumer sciences from San Francisco State University where he also did advanced graduate work and research in color theory and color psychology. He has taught color theory, applications and psychology at SFSU, U.C. Santa Cruz extension, West Valley College, and at design seminars around the world.
Director of Design & Marketing
Lunada Bay Tile
President at Aquatic Consultants, Inc. in Miami, FL
Andrew is President at Aquatic Consultants, Inc. Andrew earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from Florida International University, where he focused on program study in site design, regional design, and urban design. He created several projects concentrating on ecology, landscape theory, history, and technique and completed his coursework with a thesis and design proposal for the re-development of the Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida. At Aquatic Consultants, Inc., Andrew works with assisting homeowners, landscape architects, architects, developers, builders, property owners, managers, and contractors worldwide in realizing their visions of creating unique environments centered on water. Projects include water walls, swimming pools, fountains, spas, cascades, therapy pools, ponds, and waterfalls.
Aquatic Consultants, Inc.
Sales Manager and Design Consulting at Gib-San Pool & Landscape Creations in Toronto, ON
John serves as the Sales Manager and Design Consulting at Gib-San Pool & Landscape Creations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. John's role utilizes his GENESIS® education to understand his clients’ dreams and marry them with unique needs, design preferences, and budget. An avid swimmer himself, he regularly incorporates the health benefits and immersion of water with his customers. Continuing his educational path, John recently completed the Crestcom Leadership Training, Bullet Proof® Manager, and is working to become a SWD Master.
Sales Manager and Design Consultant
Gib-San Pool & Landscape Creations
President of Basecrete Technologies in Sarasota, FL
Vito has been in the construction field since 1974, developing synthetic polymer-based concrete mixes. By 1995, he had eight patents. Vito has worked on over 80,000 pools around the world and thousands of concrete restoration projects.
As an industry leader, the construction trade seeks Vito's expertise and uses Vito’s products wherever they use concrete and waterproofing.
Vito started in the construction industry at the age of 14 while working with his father, a stonemason from Italy. He worked 7 days a week, gaining a strong work ethic. Vito is President of Basecrete Technologies. Basecrete has an international footprint, where Vito continues his passion for the industry and his commitment to excellence. Vito offers technical advice and support to his customers. He is a member of many industry organizations, such as GENESIS®.
Director of Technical Services of Lunada Bay Tile in Harbor City, CA
Ken is Director of Technical Services of Lunada Bay Tile, a glass tile manufacturer in Southern California. Prior to his current position, he worked for National Pool Tile as a Building Material Specialist. He is highly regarded as one of the pool industry’s top specialists in waterproofing, glass tile installation systems, and building material technologies. Ken worked alongside the elite luxury pool contractors in Los Angeles and surrounding areas for more than 15 years. Ken continues to share his extensive knowledge through training, seminars, and industry trade shows around the country. A former Masonry contractor, he has 25+ years of combined experience in the pool industry.
Director of Technical Services
Lunada Bay Tile
Internationally Known Lighting Designer
Jan began her lighting design career in 1976. She has worked on large and small projects from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s first home in Washington, DC, to winery caves and entertainment gardens to botanical gardens. She began specializing in landscape lighting in the mid-1980s and wrote the essential book used around the world, The Landscape Lighting Book, first released in 1992, now in its third edition, 2013, from the publisher John Wiley & Sons.
Jan’s husband, George Gruel, produced a book of Jan’s lighting projects called She Paints with Light to help people visualize landscape lighting. Jan has taught since undergraduate school at UC Berkeley, Rutgers, and the Lighting Research Center, among others. She founded The International Landscape Lighting Institute (ILLI), a 501(C)(3) educational non-profit still providing landscape lighting education classes in the US and abroad.
Currently, Jan is finishing the last of 20 videos for a new educational platform Garden Light LED is producing called Learn•Night•Light. The first 10 were released in Fall 2019. Jan has written countless articles and been included in multiple books on lighting. She began work on a full-color design book with Routledge, London, The Art of Landscape Lighting, A Designers Companion, that will provide inspiration for designers through showing what she has learned over more than 45 years of lighting design. This book will be released in Fall 2021.
Co-founder of GENESIS®
Skip, former owner of Questar Pools and the firm's current principal designer, is one of the world's most renowned designers and builders of custom swimming pools, spas, and other forms of aquatic architecture. In 1993, the Robb Report declared Skip "the world's most influential swimming pool designer." Since then, he has received extensive coverage in trade magazines; on TV, including multiple HGTV appearances; and in prestigious national publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-founder of GENESIS® and is a charter member of the Society of Watershape Designers. He is widely credited for transforming and uplifting the pool and spa industry. Skip’s body of work includes some of the most beautiful and technically advanced watershapes of the modern era.
CEO of Aquatic Consultants, Inc. in Miami, FL
Ambassador and Co-founder of GENESIS®
Brian has nearly 50 years of professional experience in the pool and spa industry, and has long been one of the industry's most influential figures. He is CEO of Aquatic Consultants, Inc., an international consulting and design firm based in Miami with a satellite office in North Redington Beach, Florida, specializing in upscale and unusual pool and watershape designs. He is also ambassador and co-founder of GENESIS®, through which his efforts have transformed the industry, and he has a long history of leadership across numerous industry organizations and programs. Additionally, he is president of BVB Consulting, LLC, which provides business consulting to consumers, business owners, and industry manufacturers.
Brian has won well over 100 industry design awards. His work includes projects in Africa, Sri Lanka, Greece, Colombia, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, and all across the U.S. He and his company's projects have been featured in numerous magazines and television shows, including coverage in Architectural Digest and on CNN and other local and national media outlets. He is a devoted food and wine enthusiast and pursuer of "the good life."
Brian Van Bower
Aquatic Consultants, Inc.
Principal Landscape Designer at Sage Outdoor Designs in San Diego, CA
Kate is the Principal Landscape Designer at Sage Outdoor Designs, a firm specializing in the design of beautiful residential landscapes in Southern California. She founded Sage in 2008, and since then her designs have been widely published both locally and nationally. She has a bachelor’s degree in botany from the UC Berkeley and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design. Kate began teaching with GENESIS® in 2012 and is currently the Design Faculty Advisor.
Principal Landscape Designer
Sage Outdoor Designs
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