The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) today announced the appointment of Richard Gottwald as APSP's president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors effective Sept. 16. Gottwald brings more than 26 years of relevant association experience to his new role, having previously served as executive vice president of the International Sign Association (ISA).
Gottwald replaces APSP President and CEO William Weber. Weber will continue in an advisory role to aid in the transition until his planned retirement in December after 8 years of service.
"We welcome Rich's fiscal management experience and leadership to APSP," said Steve Gorlin, APSP chairman of the board. "He has been a proven consensus builder in industries of similar size and scope to ours, and with his technical and regulatory background, he can take this pivotal role and energize and grow the industry. I believe that given the key changes over the past year with a new board of directors structure and a strategic management process, Rich has the traction and vision to strengthen APSP's leadership role in a very positive and inclusive way."
"APSP is at the forefront of all issues affecting pools, spas and hot tubs. Companies ranging from large and small manufacturers to family owned businesses rely on APSP's technical knowledge and legislative and regulatory expertise to protect and grow their businesses," said Gottwald. "I am excited to be a part of APSP, building on the great strides made by member volunteers throughout the years. Together we will strengthen the relevance of APSP to the industry, and we will extend that relevance to our industry's products in consumers' minds."
Gottwald has experience in leading and transitioning organizations through prioritization of critical issues and strong fiscal oversight. At the ISA, he streamlined advocacy efforts to focus on local code issues. Before joining ISA, Gottwald served as executive vice president of finance, administration and standards programs for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Here he helped elevate the organization's standards programs in the ASTM International (ASTM); International Standards Organization (ISO); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); and regulatory FDA arenas. In addition, he spent over 20 years in the plastics industry serving as president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI). At PPI he successfully led the development of an industry public relations campaign to make plastic pipe an accepted and welcome product in construction. He also served as executive director of the Society of the Plastics Industry and worked in product research with The Dow Chemical Company.
"I look forward to working with Rich during this transition time and am committed to ensuring a smooth handover of the day-to-day management of the association," said Weber.
Gottwald earned a bachelor's degree in plastics engineering from the University of Lowell, Lowell, MA., and holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. He is on the board of various charitable organizations in the Washington DC metro area.
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