Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
The Pool & Spa Show Codes & Regs Buyers & Owners

Now Accepting Nominations
for the 2018 Award!

The Paulette Pitrak “Above & Beyond” Award is NESPA’s highest volunteer recognition honoring members who have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to our association through their volunteer service.  

To be considered for the Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition Award, the nominee must be a NESPA member in good standing who has exhibited extraordinary volunteer work during the current year.  The volunteer work can be done at either or both the Chapter or Region level.

Nominations can be made by current members of NESPA, Chapter Administrators and NESPA Staff.  You may nominate individual(s) by completing the form below.  Nominations are accepted throughout the year and must be received by November 16, 2018 to be considered for this year’s award. 

Download the Nomination Form Here

Nomination forms can be mailed, emailed or faxed to the attention of Melanie Heilig at:

Paulette Pitrak “Above & Beyond Award”
Northeast Spa & Pool Association
6B South Gold Drive | Hamilton, NJ 08690
MHeilig@nespapool.org | 609-689-9110 (fax) |609-689-9111 (phone)

All nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges at the close of the nomination process.  Awardees will be announced at The Pool & Spa Show on Wednesday January 30th as part of the Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony at Haven Night Club at the Golden Nugget.

Congratulations to the 2017 Awardee - Ray Rescildo!

Ray was recognized for his countless hours of volunteer work as part of the Connecticut Spa & Pool Association's (CONSPA) Government Relations Committee.

Ray is the current President of CONSPA and has been an active member of the CONSPA Government Relations Committee for several years.This past year he lead the charge against  a strong bi-partisan attempt to revoke the Pool Contractors Service License and the Pool Builders License which NESPA & CONSPA worked for 20 years to enact. 

Ray took on the challenge of reversing the intent of the legislature and governor by working tirelessly, and attending innumerable state legislature committee meetings, Town Halls, knocking on doors of the individual legislators, and button-holing state legislators and their staff members over many months. Ray worked so hard because he believes in a well-trained and professional industry. Through his efforts and his fellow CONSPA leaders the Connecticut licenses remain intact.

Remembering Paulette

Paulette began her work in the pool and spa industry in 1988 as Manager of Education for the National Spa and Pool Institute.  Four years later she was recruited to join NESPA to spearhead our education program. 

Over the next twenty-four years, Paulette did more than develop and deliver essential education to the industry.  She built a culture where continued education and innovation was valued.  She brought boundless energy, tenacity and compassion to each project she worked on from solving a code question for a member to launching an industry wide education initiative.  Everything and everyone was important.

She was a resource for answers to the toughest questions on topics few others took the time to understand. More than anything she was happy to share that knowledge with others.   

Beyond technical learning, Paulette was simply passionate about the pool and spa industry.  From association members to volunteer leaders and from fellow staff to industry peers, she cared deeply about what mattered most to each person she spoke with on any given day.  Because of who she was and how much she cared about the industry, so many of those she worked with became true friends. 

Paulette passed away in the fall of 2016 while serving as Deputy Executive Director of NESPA.  

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