FORT WAYNE, Ind., Nov. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 200 of Master Spas’ top dealers from across the globe, along with special guest Michael Phelps, converged for the company’s Dealer Meeting and to mark the retirement of founder Bob Lauter. The 2022 International Dealer Meeting, recently held at the J.W. Marriott Resort in Marco Island, Florida, gave dealers an opportunity to see the new products up close, try out new features and hear about Master Spas’ commitment to the future.
(From left) Kevin Richards, Master Spas vice president of marketing and sales, Master Spas CEO Bob Lauter and legendary swimmer Michael Phelps. Lauter and Phelps talked about their partnership at the 2022 Master Spas Dealer Meeting. Lauter will retire at the end of 2022, after founding the company in 1996.
Master Spas CEO Bob Lauter will retire at the end of 2022 after more than 40 years in the spa industry.
The event showcased Master Spas innovative approach to the spa industry, a path that was paved with successes and led by Lauter. He has been a leader in the spa industry for more than 40 years and has been CEO of Master Spas for over 25 years.
Lauter will retire from the company at the end of 2022 and will remain on as Chairman of the Board.
As Master Spas CEO, Lauter has sat on several boards and received numerous honors for his contribution to the industry including the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals INSPIRE Award, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics and in 2018 he was inducted into the Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame. He also served as president of the International Hot Tub Association.
The company has enjoyed strong growth under Lauter’s leadership, becoming the largest manufacturer of hot tubs that are made in the USA, and the largest manufacturer of swim spas globally.
“I feel very blessed to have worked with Bob Lauter for over 25 years at Master Spas,” says Terry Valmassoi, president of Master Spas. “It has been a fun journey together to see the company grow beyond expectations, and to have such an amazing team and dealers that make up the Master Spas family. Master Spas would not exist without Bob, and I am thankful for his vision, leadership, and friendship.”
Master Spas serves customers worldwide through their network of dealers throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. The company produces high-quality hot tubs and swim spas, including Michael Phelps Signature Swim …….