Awards & Contributions

Bob Blanda

APSP & CBP Certified Pool Builder in Brooklyn, Manhattan & New York

Bob Blanda

Internationally Renowned Pool and Spa Industry Leader and Recipient of The APSP Certified Building Professional of the Year Award

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has recognized Robert Blanda, president of Mill Bergen Pool Center in Brooklyn, NY, as the 2014 recipient of the CBP Certified Building Professional® of the Year Award. The CBP of the Year Award, now in its eighth year, is given annually to a CBP who has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.

Blanda received this peer-nominated award during the 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Orlando.

“APSP is extremely pleased to honor Bob with the 2014 CBP of the Year Award,” said APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald. “His construction of indoor, basement and rooftop pools and spas have earned him numerous design awards, but his service to the industry is equally impressive.”

Blanda has volunteered with APSP for 26 years. On the national level he currently serves on the APSP Board of Directors and leads the APSP Builders Education Committee. He is also past chairman of the APSP Builders Council and is an instructor. On the local level, he has held leadership positions in the North East Spa and Pool Association (NESPA) and the Metro Chapter of NESPA.

A supporter of licensing to improve the quality and image of pool building, Blanda has assisted in government relations and advocacy issues involving new pool licensing laws in the state of Connecticut, New York’s Long Island Nassau and Suffolk counties and now a new initiative in New Jersey and Rockland County of New York.

“Bob exemplifies service to others not only in his activities with the pool and spa industry, but his commitment to his local community through Kiwanis Club and rallying his peers to donate products and services needed to build a pool for a disabled Iraqi War veteran,” said Gottwald.

APSP’s CBP designation is earned through a standardized written examination that measures knowledge of residential and commercial pool and spa construction. Applicants for the designation must meet industry experience requirements and, once the designation is earned, participate in ongoing education to maintain the certification. The program emphasizes a commitment to ethical standards and to the highest standards of construction and workmanship through adherence to national pool and spa standards.

Blanda joins a prestigious list of past winners that includes: Dan Johnson, CBP, Swim Incorporated; Richard Dal Pino, CBP, Dal Pino Quality Pools, Inc.; Jeff Mitchell, CBP, Dynasty Pools; Joe Vassallo, CBP, Paragon Pools; Tommy Johnson, CBP, CSP, Johnson Pools & Spas; Lew Akins, CBP, Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins; John C. Romano, CBP, CSP, All American Custom Pools & Spas; and Al Rizzo, CBP, CSP, Rizzo Pool & Spa.

For more information about the CBP program, visit APSP.org’s CBP of the Year page or call 703-838-0083 ext. 274.


CMS

CMS

As a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the largest international association of the industry, Mill Bergen Pools keeps Certified

CBP

CBP

Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Our Certified Building Professionals build pools according to

NESPA Gold Award

NESPA Gold Award

Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association Metro Chapter. We have won more than 25 Gold Chapter Design Awards, and

NESPA Outstanding Achievement Award

NESPA Outstanding Achievement Award

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

CST

CST

Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. This membership means our service technicians must maintain their

CPO

CPO

Mill Bergen Pools has completed the internationally recognized Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification program through the National

NESPA Silver Award

NESPA Silver Award

On top of earning 25 Gold Awards, Mill Bergen Pools has won 12 Silver Metro Chapter Design Awards from the Northeast Spa & Pool Association.

CSP

CSP

As a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, Mill Bergen Pools keeps several Certified Service Professionals on staff. They are committed

GAVA Award Gold

GAVA Award Gold

Competing among thousands of applicants, Mill Bergen Pools is excited to have earned the very prestigious Global Aquatexture Visionary Award Gold.

NESPA Bronze Award

NESPA Bronze Award

Not only have we been recognized by multiple Gold and Silver Awards from the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, but we have also won 15 Bronze Metro Chapter Design Awards from NESPA.

CMS

CMS

As a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the largest international association of the industry, Mill Bergen Pools keeps Certified

CSP

CSP

As a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, Mill Bergen Pools keeps several Certified Service Professionals on staff. They are committed

CPO

CPO

Mill Bergen Pools has completed the internationally recognized Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification program through the National

NESPA Gold Award

NESPA Gold Award

Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association Metro Chapter. We have won more than 25 Gold Chapter Design Awards, and

NESPA Bronze Award

NESPA Bronze Award

Not only have we been recognized by multiple Gold and Silver Awards from the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, but we have also won 15 Bronze Metro Chapter Design Awards from NESPA.

CST

CST

Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. This membership means our service technicians must maintain their

CBP

CBP

Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Our Certified Building Professionals build pools according to

GAVA Award Gold

GAVA Award Gold

Competing among thousands of applicants, Mill Bergen Pools is excited to have earned the very prestigious Global Aquatexture Visionary Award Gold.

NESPA Silver Award

NESPA Silver Award

On top of earning 25 Gold Awards, Mill Bergen Pools has won 12 Silver Metro Chapter Design Awards from the Northeast Spa & Pool Association.

NESPA Outstanding Achievement Award

NESPA Outstanding Achievement Award

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

CMS

CMS

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

CST

CST

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

CSP

CSP

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

CBP

CBP

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

CPO

CPO

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

GAVA Award Gold

GAVA Award Gold

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

NESPA Gold Award

NESPA Gold Award

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

NESPA Silver Award

NESPA Silver Award

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

NESPA Bronze Award

NESPA Bronze Award

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

NESPA Outstanding Achievement Award

NESPA Outstanding Achievement Award

Mill Bergen Pools is honored to be recognized for our hard working technicians as well as our designers. The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has awarded

APSP Fellows Inductee:

Bob Blanda

The industry’s highest professional award for distinguished contributions in raising professionalism in the aquatic community.

What is the APSP Fellows Program
The rank of APSP Fellow is an honor bestowed on prominent individuals who have made distinguished contributions that raise professionalism in the aquatic community through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others. Nominees for the rank of APSP Fellow are also evaluated on their professional accomplishments and their commitment to the values honored by the APSP Fellows Program. Please click here to download the form here to nominate someone for this prestigious award.

Values

  • Commitment to helping others learn.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards.
  • Commitment to improving the industry’s education initiatives through leadership in industry trade and professional organizations.
  • Commitment to excellence in practice, research and education.
  • Commitment to achieving and maintaining a cohesive professional, collegial, and inclusive community.

There is no single criterion for selection to the ranks of APSP Fellows. We recognize those who have made lifelong contributions, as well as trailblazers, innovators, and leading thinkers who have created a mark of distinction earlier in their careers. APSP Fellows may be nominated from any segment of the industry (e.g. builders, service companies, retail, manufacturers and distributors, industry non-profit organizations, etc.)

Designation as an APSP Fellow is an honor and may not be represented as an endorsement by APSP of an individual’s technical competence. Fellows may be honored posthumously.



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