March 4, 2011 – A six-time Territory Dealer of the Year for Hot Spring®, Ohio Pools & Spas of North Canton, Ohio was named the Locksin Thompson Dealer of the Year for the #1 Selling Brand of Hot Tubs. The award, coveted by nearly 800 retailers, is a prestigious accolade named in memory of a respected and valued industry pioneer.

Applying key training and tools led the Hot Spring Spa retailer to unprecedented sales success in 2010. Ohio Pools & Spas owners Rich and Michele Annis focused their business objectives on a customer- centric philosophy. Their effort to provide customers with an unmatched variety of exclusive products and value-added services helped the dealer differentiate from its competitors to secure the award.
“The strength and stability of Ohio Pools and Spas has really shown in the current economic climate,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Vice President for Hot Spring Spas. “They excel in every way and keep their focus on customers, and that has proven to be a success.”
Rich Annis credited his team for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Annis. “Our enthusiasm shows to our customers not only through the buying experience but also in the ongoing service and care we provide.”
Hot Spring Spas presented the retailer with the award during its Accelerate Kick-Off meeting in San Francisco, CA.
About Hot Spring Spas

Watkins Manufacturing was established in 1977, in Vista, California. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of hot tubs, including Hot Spring Spas, Limelight® and Hot Spot® Spas. The Watkins Dealer network extends into all 50 states and over 60 countries. Watkins is a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company whose products include Kraftmaid® Cabinets, Delta® Faucets, and Behr® paints.

Photo: Left to right — Mike Dunn, Executive Vice President, Watkins Manufacturing; Brad Schmoekel, Ohio Pools & Spas, General Manager, Rich and Michelle Annis, Owners, Ohio Pools & Spas, Steve Hammock, President, Watkins Manufacturing.