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Archive for February, 2011

Bullfrog Spas Hires A Good Guy

February 28th, 2011 by
Bullfrog Spas and HotTubs New CEO

Friday night I was checking email and this press release came through. It’s a good match for the man and the company. I’m impressed that the founder was humble enough to bring in a person who knows more about building a dealer network than himself. So, I predict good things for Bullfrog spas

Hi-Tech Hot Tub Company Welcomes New CEO

Hot tub industry veteran, Jerry Pasley named Chief Executive Officer at Bullfrog Spas. Plans to lead innovative up-and-coming spa manufacturer to the next level.

New Bullfrog CEO – Jerry Pasley

Quote startIn making this decision, I was not concerned about what Bullfrog Spas is, or is not at the present time, but what it can become. I can see enormous potential at Bullfrog going into the future.Quote end

Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus/PRWEB) February 25, 2011

Bullfrog International, LC, is pleased to announce the hire of Jerry Pasley to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Pasley was formerly the Executive Vice President of Sales at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Sundance Spas.

Mr. Pasley will assume responsibility for the general leadership, sales direction, and day to day decisions at Bullfrog Spas. David Ludlow, former CEO, Founder, and the inventor of Bullfrog’s patented JetPak System, will remain with Bullfrog Spas as President and will focus on further Product Research and Development and Business Development. Ludlow welcomed the addition of Pasley to the executive team and, in fact, was instrumental in his acquisition.

Ludlow expressed his support and approval of this move: “Jerry Pasley is not only a seasoned pool and spa industry veteran, but more than that, he shares the vision of what Bullfrog can become and he has the ability and industry influence to propel Bullfrog into a leadership role in the marketplace.”

Mr. Pasley has nearly 30 years of experience in the hot tub industry, with a focus on sales management and sales strategy. He has served on the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals’ Hot Tub Council and has considerable experience in the development of retailer and distribution networks. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) as a Director at Large.

When asked about the decision to leave one of the major hot tub manufacturers in the industry, especially considering their history and recognizable brand, Mr. Pasley replied, “In making this decision, I was not concerned about what Bullfrog Spas is, or is not, at the present time but what it can become. I can see enormous potential at Bullfrog going into the future. The track record of impressive growth is already there and with their patented technology and quality Bullfrog will soon be an industry leader.”

Mr. Pasley’s goals for Bullfrog include securing solid financing plans for Bullfrog dealers and the establishment of enhanced sales and marketing programs to expand the influence of Bullfrog Spas and the JetPak System. Pasley commented on these plans, “I’m confident that we can explore and implement plans to allow dealers to show more spas. Along with the expansion of sales networks, this will simply allow many more people the chance to discover the unique benefits and the reliability that you get with a JetPak-powered Bullfrog Spa.”

Most Energy Efficient Hot Tubs and Spas

February 23rd, 2011 by

Operating Cost…..maybe the “new” feature.

Its going to be a real driving factor for many spa buyers in the future. Historically, it has not been.  Features always won out,  bigger the better, more jets, fancy lights, over sized stereos, flat screen TVs, anything that was shiny sold. The same design strategy that brought us the HUMMER was also spurring the inspiration for hot tubs.

No doubt things are changing.  Today I saw a release by Bullfrog Spas, a small, yet good company out the Salt Lake area, touting their  low operation cost, they even were brave enough to create a graphic showing themselves better than the giants of the industry (Sundance Spas/Jacuzzi and Hot Spring Spas).

The graphic told me a couple things; 1- Their phone is ringing with a Hot Spring Spas representative calling and asking them to recall the graphic or be ready for war (at least that was my experience some years ago in a similar situation). 2- Bullfrog is brave (bravery can be confused for arrogance).  3-  It’s probably true.  Their company culture is honorable by spa industry standards.

Bullfrog’s claim is they rank high on CEC list of approved efficient hot tubs.  Which in turn caused me to look up who’s been approved.  I was surprised to see a rather short list of approved spa manufacturers.  I have included a link and the actual list from the CA.GOV site.  One fact worth mentioning is Roto Molded spas, like Free Flow Spa or Strong Spas, are the best design for heat retention, so I’m surprised they are not listed.

There are a number of factors to the ownership costs of a hot tub, a quality spa cover spa chemicals, spa filters, and spa parts, all play a part in the ongoing expense.  For those items, we (HotTubWorks.com)are here to help.

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11/23/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Blue Falls Manufacturing 4549 52 St. P.O. Box 560 Thorsby Alberta T0C 2P0 CANADA (780) 789-2626 Ext. 352 (780) 789-2624 glenn@goarctic.com www.goarctic.com
11/23/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Bullfrog 668 West 14600 South Bluffdale UT 84065 United States (801) 565-8111 (801) 553-0349 reddington@bullfrogspas.com www.bullfrogspas.com
12/13/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Clear Water Spas/Hydra Plastics P.O Box 2140 18800 Woodinville-Snohomish Road Woodinville WA 98072 United States (425) 483-1877 (425) 487-1148 servicesupport@clearwaterspas.com http://www.clearwaterspas.com
12/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Columbia Spas, Inc. 1827 Talbot Road SE Jefferson OR 97352 United States (541) 327-2938 (541) 327-2962 jburton@columbiaspas.com http://www.columbiaspas.com
11/23/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Dimension One Spas 2611 Business Park Drive Vista CA 92081 United States (760) 727-7727 (760) 734-4096 apugliese@d1spas.com http://www.d1spas.com
11/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Emerald Spa Corporation / Kennedy Laboratories 4150 East Paris Avenue Kentwood MI 49512 United States (616) 871-3400 (616) 871-3420 mhmica@aol.com http://www.emeraldspa.com
01/12/2011 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Intertek 3933 U.S. Route 11 Cortland NY 13045 United States (607) 758-6366 (607) 753-0439 pam.springer@intertek.com www.intertek-etlsemko.com
01/04/2011 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Marquis Corp. 4545-1 Independence highway Independence OR 97351 United States (503) 838-0888 Ext. 191 (503) 838-3849 scollins@marquiscorp.com http://www.marquiscorp.com/
01/06/2011 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Marquis Corp. R&D Lab 4545-1 Independence Highway Independence OR 97351 United States (503) 838-0888 Ext. 122 (503) 838-3849 scollins@marquiscorp.com http://www.marquisspas.com
11/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Master Spas, Inc. 6927 Lincoln Parkway Fort Wayne IN 46804 USA (260) 436-9100 (260) 432-7935 ncoelho@masterspas.com www.masterspas.com
11/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Sundance Spas Inc. 14525 Monte Vista Avenue Chino CA 91710 United States (909) 606-7733 (909) 627-1084 jason@sundancespas.com www.sundancespas.com
12/13/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. 12 Commerce Road Newtown CT 06470 United States (203) 426-0888 x 121 (203) 426-4009 dsullivan@us.tuv.com www.us.tuv.com

Ozone and Minerals for Spas & Hot Tubs

February 17th, 2011 by

ozoneMineral Sanitizers (Nature2, Frog Floating System, Sundance Spas Sunpurity, Hot Spring AG Mineral Purifier) is offered as an alternative sanitation system for spas and pools, with promises of cleaner water without the drawbacks of chlorine. However, these Mineral Sanitizers recognize that they do not oxidize all the organics that a spa may contain, so it recommends using its product ‘Cense’ as the required oxidizer (a version of MSP, or monopersulfate).

We have nothing against MSP, but why not have the best oxidizer you can have, without adding ANY more chemicals? It’s not just DEL saying this. Here’s the assessment of freedrinkingwater.com:

What is Ozone for Spas?

“Ozone, fed into the water continuously by an Ozone generator, is the strongest oxidizer for pool [or spa] water treatment. …Ozone has a minimal effect on pH and water chemistry.”

The bottom line for spa and pool disinfection is that ozone is the strongest, broad-spectrum oxidizer that can be delivered simply and reliably. Ozone combines well with Mineral Sanitizers (Nature2, Frog Floating System, Sundance Spas Sunpurity, Hot Spring AG Mineral Purifier) minerals to cover the gaps in sanitation left by Mineral Sanitizers alone.

What is a Mineral Sanitizer?

Mineral Sanitizers are a “mineral bed” that is installed in your spa circulation to deposit silver and copper ions into the water to kill bacteria and algae, respectively. This is distinct from ionizing systems because the minerals are deposited through the flow of water through a cartridge rather than an electrical ionization process. Mineral Sanitizers shares some benefits with Ozone in that neither of them relies on excessive use of chemicals like chlorine that can have harmful byproducts when used at high enough doses to be effective.

Is Ozone and a Mineral Sanitizer Your Best Option?

No disinfection system is perfect, but if your criteria are for a simple and effective disinfection routine that produces clean, fresh smelling water with minimal harmful byproducts, start with Ozone. Whether you choose to supplement it with Mineral Sanitizers (Nature2, Frog Floating System, Sundance Spas Sunpurity, Hot Spring AG Mineral Purifier) or a small residual level of chlorine, you will be able to maintain fresh, safe water in your spa.

We have traditionally recommended a strong Ozone system coupled with a small residual amount of chlorine (maintained at about 3 ppm for spas, depending on your typical usage) for a simple, low cost way to keep spa water pure. The chemicals and the tests they need are widely available and understood. But if a Mineral Sanitizer appeals to you, we know it can also work.

Thanks;

Jerry