Zodiac Academy Technical Training

SAN DIEGO – September 9, 2014 –Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. (@ZodiacPool_USA) has officially launched Zodiac Academy, a new technical training program designed to provide pool professionals a competitive edge on product installation, service, repair and troubleshooting. Zodiac Academy began its efforts last month with the first of more than 70 live technical service schools. The schools will be conducted in cities across the United States and Canada through May 2015, offering affordable two-day training sessions on a variety of products including market-specific items. During the summer pool season, webinars and video training will be available for pool pros to use as time permits.

Zodiac Academy Technical Service Schools are being offered for $100 per day to small classes of between 30-35 pool professionals in each location. Veteran pool professionals Rocco Russo, Alex Krajewski and Gary Scott, who have over 70 years of combined experience in the industry, will lead courses on gas heaters, chlorine generators, variable speed pumps, automation, and lighting with hands-on simulators and specially developed education modules. The Zodiac Academy technical training program is the latest in Zodiac Pool Systems' efforts to enhance partnerships with pool retailers, builders, distributors and service technicians by investing in product training and professional development initiatives.

"Recognizing the importance of training in the industry, Zodiac is making a significant investment and putting our most experienced trainers in the field and a comprehensive set of resources online," said Troy Franzen, managing director of Zodiac Pool Systems-Americas. "Our goal is to raise the level of knowledge and achievement for those in the field who really keep the industry alive."

Each training session will also host a "wild-card" market-specific course such as local information on energy regulations or dealing with specific debris problems. Zodiac Academy attendees will be provided with technical workbooks and a specialty toolkit for working on Jandy® Pro Series, Polaris® and Zodiac® products and may earn Association of Pool & Spa Professionals credits for courses completed.

"Through Zodiac Academy we hope to increase access to affordable, high-quality training across the country," said Scott Ferguson, director of marketing and training at Zodiac Pool Systems. "This program is intended to equip pool professionals with technical know-how to fuel their success. It's an absolute win-win."

Zodiac Academy will also continue to offer technical training webinars, and will soon launch a library of troubleshooting videos and a complete online learning system, allowing pool and spa professionals to learn at their own pace and with the utmost of convenience.

Zodiac Academy Instructors:

Alex Krajewski has 20 years of experience in the pool industry, having started his career with Zodiac in 1993 where he first honed his product knowledge in manufacturing before transitioning to Technical Support and Warranty. In 2003, Alex parlayed his in-depth product knowledge to become a Technical Trainer, leading training courses throughout the country for 8 years. Alex then became a Service Manager for the central West, which allowed him to gain extensive product repair experience. In 2012, Alex was recognized for his years of distinguished service and received the company's highest honor -- the Circle of Champions award. Today, Alex has again taken a training leadership role, now serving as Regional Trainer where he applies his unique blend of technical, in-field service, and training experience to increase the efficiency and knowledge of pool professionals throughout the western United States.

Rocco Russo joined the Zodiac team in early 2010, following a distinguished 17-year career in the HVAC industry in New York where he served as Director of Operations for J. Tortorella Heating & Gas. He first started with Zodiac as a field service manager serving Southeast market. Recently, Rocco was appointed Regional Trainer, where he applies his unique blend of on-the-job experience and technical acumen to educate pool professionals on how to efficiently diagnose and repair even the most complicated equipment. With his unwavering customer focus, commitment to quality, and passion for pools, Rocco earned Zodiac's prestigious Circle of Champions award in 2014.

Gary Scott started his career in the pool business in 1984. He joined Teledyne Laars in 1991, which later became Jandy, in Sales. Gary now enjoys touring across Canada as the National Service and Training Manager. He is a Licensed Ontario Gas Fitter and a Certified Pool Operator. Gary is highly regarded as an expert in the pool industry, and has presented numerous seminars and training sessions throughout his 30 years in the business.

About Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.

Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Zodiac Pool Solutions, S.A.S., is a global leader in swimming pool and spa products and services. The company's comprehensive product lines are marketed under the leading brand names of Zodiac®, Polaris®, Jandy® Pro Series, Nature, and Cover-Pools®. Zodiac is the leading provider of premium, innovative pool and spa products and is committed to designing and producing the most energy efficient, earth-friendly pool products and systems available. To learn more about Zodiac, visit www.zodiacpoolsystems.com or call 800-822-7933.


Samantha Peterson