SAN DIEGO, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vice President of Business Development Vance Gillette, both an industry icon and friend of many in the pool industry, will be retiring from Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. effective April 1, 2013 after 36 years with the company and more than 47 years in the pool industry. He began his career with Arneson in 1966, selling pool cleaners over the phone for $3/hour.
Gillette has made endless contributions to the pool industry, to Zodiac, and most importantly, to those he has mentored throughout his years in this business. Known throughout the country as the number one advocate for the "positive pool experience," Gillette is often asked to do speaking engagements for pool companies and industry associations with hopes that his attitude and drive will rub off on sales teams. His most recent speaking engagement was as the keynote at the MidAmerica Pool and Spa Show in January 2013 in the Chicago area. In 2012, Gillette was the recipient of the GAVA Inspire Award.
"Vance's unbridled enthusiasm and contagious passion for supporting customers is second to none. We have been honored to have him as a senior leader of our company for so long. We have asked him to still stay on as a trusted advisor and friend to our company as he is irreplaceable," says Bruce Brooks, CEO, Global Pool Care for Zodiac. "We ask everyone in the industry to join us at Zodiac in both thanking and congratulating Vance for all that he has accomplished and all that he has done for our industry, pool professionals and pool owners. We wish him nothing but the best for the future!"
Over the last couple of years Gillette has directly managed Zodiac's buying group and Master Pools Guild relationships and has been very involved in several industry boards and associations. He intends to stay active in the industry part-time in an advisory role, but with retirement will gain the time to travel where he wants to go, starting with a cruise through the Panama Canal and a trip to Alaska.
Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Zodiac Marine & Pool, 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, Nature2®, 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.
SOURCE Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.