Now Accepting Nominations!
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.
An independent panel of judges will review all nominations at the close of the nomination process. The awardee(s) are recognized at The Pool & Spa Show.
Nominations can be made by current members of NESPA, Chapter Administrators, and NESPA Staff. You may nominate an individual(s) by completing the form below. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and must be received by January 6th, to be considered for this year’s award. Nomination forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the attention of Kelly McKelvey at KMcKelvey@nespapool.org.
Download the Nomination Form
Congratulations to the 2021 Awardee - Kyle Chaikin
Ultimate in Pool Care/Chaikin Ultimate Pools | Deer Park, NY
Treasurer, NESPA Board of Directors
Chair, NESPA Policy & Governance Committee
Director, Long Island Pool & Spa Association
Kyle’s commitment to volunteering on behalf of our industry is of course ongoing and tireless. In addition to his regular volunteer commitments, he offered added assistance in two key areas that took a lot of extra time but had huge benefits on a statewide and regional level.
Workforce development is arguably the biggest challenge facing our industry. Over the past several years, Kyle has been very involved in discussions with our local technical/trade school system Eastern Suffolk BOCES, to start a Pool Tech program as part of their building trades degree programs.
While it was a team effort, Kyle stepped up immediately as an accredited instructor to give the talks the credibility they needed. Ultimately, we succeeded in getting a Pool Tech class into the Spring 2021 Adult Education lineup. This class follows the PHTA CMS curriculum very closely.
Read more about Kyle's volunteer service here.
NESPA would like to extend a thank you to Kyle for all that he has done and continues to do for the association and the pool & spa industry.
2020: Sheryl Heather
2019: Roberto Romano
2018: George Kazdin & Ron Falcioni
2017: Raymond Rescildo