The SpaRetailer Podcast

The SpaRetailer Podcast


Latest Episodes

Episode #31, Google & Yelp Reviews with Dan Friedman
April 16, 2019

Dan Friedman from The Hot Tub Store joins us on the podcast to talk about reviews. He was recently interviewed for a story on Yelp, and we talk about that as well as Google reviews. Jeff and Dan’s stores both use Broadly to help them manage reviews,

Episode #30, The Freight State with Doug Punzel from Celtic Intermodal
March 27, 2019

In the February/March issue of SpaRetailer, we outlined how the trucker shortage was impacting hot tub retailers. This week on The SpaRetailer Podcast we talk to a transportation expert about some of the issues facing that industry. Doug Punzel,

Episode #29, Chemical Merchandising with Linda Cahan
March 13, 2019

Longtime SpaRetailer columnist, Linda Cahan, joins us to talk about the right way to merchandise hot tub chemicals. Not the prettiest part of spa retail stores, you can still take a thoughtful approach to stocking chemicals.

Episode #28, Aqua Quip Acquired by Leslie’s with Brian Quint
February 27, 2019

In January Leslie’s Poolmart purchased independent retailer Aqua Quip. Aqua Quip’s president Brian Quint joins us on the podcast to talk about the acquisition and how they had readied their company so they could pounce on the opportunity.

Episode #27, APSP/NSPF Merge with Larry Caniglia
February 13, 2019

On January 22, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and National Swimming Pool Foundation announced (again) that they were going to merge. Today we’re joined by Larry Caniglia, CEO of APSP, to discuss the reasons behind the merge,

Episode #26, Buying Spring Dance Hot Tubs Pt. 2
December 19, 2018

Part 2 of Jeff’s journey to purchase Spring Dance Hot Tubs. Surprise — the deal actually gets done! But there are a lot of bumps along the way. Thanks for all of your support this year! Let us know what you think about this episode and others by emaili...

Episode #25, Buying Spring Dance Hot Tubs Pt. 1
December 05, 2018

We finally go in-depth with cohost Jeff about the process he went through to buy his company. Jeff is candid about some of the obstacles he faced, things that went wrong and the costs associated with everything.

Episode #24, Aquatics Empowered with Troy Derheim
November 21, 2018

Megan and Jeff meet in Las Vegas at the Pool | Spa | Patio Expo and chat with Troy Derheim. Troy is the owner of My Aquatics Services — a pool construction, service and hot tub retail company — in the Fargo/Moorehead area.

Episode #23, Capitalizing on Shows with Norm Coburn
November 07, 2018

Norm Coburn from New England Spas in the Boston metro has been attending the industry trade shows for 30+ years. In this episode he tells us when he starts planning for the show (six months in advance!), what he tries to accomplish when he’s there and ...

Episode #22, Tom Junck, Combined Pool & Spa
October 17, 2018

In this episode Megan and Jeff talk to Tom Junck, co-owner of Combined Pool & Spa in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Tom’s store has won the Caldera Dealer of the Year award the last five years. The company also have more than 280 Google Reviews and is rate...