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I am a graduate of
the City University of New York, with a B.S.
Degree in Chemistry. My experience in the
Swimming Pool and Spa Industry goes back over
thirty years. During this period, I have helped
tens of thousands of consumers and dealers solve
pool and spa water chemistry and water quality
I have worked as a Research Chemist in Quality
Control and Product Development, for two of the
leading companies, in the Cosmetic and
Proprietary Drug Industries. Accomplishments
include a U.S. Patent for a Hair Coloring
Composition, presentation of an original
chemical research paper at a national scientific
meeting and the authoring of an article based on
that work: later published in a leading trade
In 1973, I co-founded Hydrology Laboratories,
which became one of the leading and most
respected manufacturers of Specialty Chemicals
for Pools and Spas. In 1974, I was instrumental
in the development of this industry's first use
of Computerized Water Analysis,
by swimming pool dealers as a successful,
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to use this system well into the 2000's. It was
considered the industry benchmark, right from
the start and evolved over the years. Product development work led to the
introduction and marketing of many new and
innovative pool and spa specialty chemical
products. I have appeared as a speaker at
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that were published or have contributed to
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1991, to one of the industry's leading
companies, I remained on-staff as a technical
specialist. Since March, 1998, on their behalf,
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answered questions, that expanded over time.
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industry leader, my association with the website
concluded in 2001. In addition to my Aqua Clear
responsibilities, in 1991, I founded Aqualab
Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of professional
water analysis materials, for use with the
Aquascan and Aqualab Water Analyzers. In 2010,
my formulation work, on a swimming pool
specialty product, resulted in the awarding of
another U.S. Patent.
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