The SpaRetailer Podcast

The SpaRetailer Podcast


Latest Episodes

Episode #60, BOPIS and Other Retail Trends to Try with Ted Lawrence from Poolcorp
April 21, 2021

Ted Lawrence, the corporate category retail manager at Poolcorp, brings a global perspective to hot tub and swimming pool retail and supply chain. We talk about setting up buy-online-pick-up-in-store

Episode #59, More Supply Chain Woes with Bob Confer
April 07, 2021

If you’ve learned more about the global supply chain in the last year than ever before, you’re not alone. Today we’re talking to Bob Confer from Confer Plastics in North Tonawanda, New York. Confer su

Episode #58, Commercial Real Estate and COVID, with Brian Quint
March 24, 2021

We’re talking about expansion again. Obviously, it’s a weird and interesting time to think about adding a new location. On the one hand, there are some amazing commercial real estate opportunities out

Episode #57, From the Ashes with the Michels from Backyard Leisure
March 10, 2021

Have you ever gotten so frustrated with your business that you threatened to “burn it down?” Earl and Josh Michels from Backyard Leisure don’t recommend it. When a fire destroyed their flagship locati

Episode #56, Helping Retailers through Forced Change with Ted Lawrence from Poolcorp
February 24, 2021

Ted Lawrence, the corporate category retail manager at Poolcorp, brings a global perspective to hot tub and swimming pool retail and supply chain. Lawrence talks about the successful changes he saw re

Episode #55 from Hot Tubs Direct to an Automatic Cover Lifter with Andy Tournas
February 10, 2021

Andy Tournas, founder of ThermoSpas, Hot Tub Products and the International Hot Tub Association, joins us on the podcast today to talk about all three. Andy reflects on his time in the industry, and s

Episode #54, The Long Game with Ben Poggemiller
January 27, 2021

Ben Poggemiller from Urban Life Pools & Hot Tubs joins us again to share what’s changed in his business since we spoke at the beginning of the pandemic. He talks about how they’re handling ordering, s

Episode #53, A Two-Year Building Project, Opening During Covid, with Ronak Shah
January 13, 2021

Ronak Shah runs Oklahoma-based Galaxy Home Recreation with his sister and extended family. Two years ago they started construction on a new location in Edmond, Oklahoma, an affluent suburb of Oklahoma

Episode #52, The Rep Life with Dennis Gentek, Jacuzzi/Sundance
December 30, 2020

Dennis Gentek has pretty much seen it all in the hot tub industry. His 32-year career in the industry, spent almost exclusively as a rep for Jacuzzi/Sundance, spans almost every dip, recession and wor

Episode #51, Design with a Purpose, with Vic Walker and Allen Kalkomey from CMP
December 16, 2020

We’ve all become keenly aware of supply chains in 2020 — from toilet paper, to groceries, to all the things that make a hot tub. Custom Molded Products, or CMP, is one of the vital suppliers for hot tub manufacturers making everything from jets,