Awards & Contributions
Award-Winning Pool Builder in Brooklyn & Manhattan
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 a 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 & CBP Certified Pool Builder
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 the 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.
As a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the largest international association of the industry, Mill Bergen Pools keeps Certified
Maintenance Specialists on staff to ensure our customers’ pools are maintained by top trained experts.
Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. This membership means our service technicians must maintain their
CST certifications, thus they are among the best qualified technicians in the industry.
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
to the highest standards of water chemistry and pool service knowledge.
Mill Bergen Pools is a proud member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Our Certified Building Professionals build pools according to
the highest standards. They are committed to top-quality construction and customer satisfaction.
Mill Bergen Pools has completed the internationally recognized Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification program through the National
Swimming Pool Foundation. This comprehensive program provides industry professionals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of daily pool and spa operations.
GAVA Award Gold
Competing among thousands of applicants, Mill Bergen Pools is excited to have earned the very prestigious Global Aquatexture Visionary Award Gold.
This award recognizes the most innovative
designs and construction throughout the world.
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
we are honored to be recognized throughout the industry for our commitment to designing unique custom pools for all of our customers.
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.
We work hard to make design each pool to uniquely fit each customer.
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.
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
us with the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. Our customized pool creations would not be possible without our top notch technicians!
Certified Building Professional Of The Year 2014
The CBP of the Year Award is a peer nominated award given annually to one APSP Certified Building Professional who has advanced the pool building profession through
outstanding lifetime achievements and dedication to the industry. Bob Blanda, President of Mill Bergen Pools is proud to have received this honor in 2014.