The United Pool Association was founded in 1988. The UPA can trace several of its original members back to a group that was known as the Orange County Sand Dabbers. The Sand Dabber Chapter formed in 1958 with the intent of servicing pools for fellow members when they went on vacation. The vacation program later evolved into a sick route coverage plan. At about the same time another group was forming and they were known as the Independent Pool Service Association (IPSA).
During the early 1960s Jack Berry, the IPSA President, was pursuing a liability insurance program for poolmen but needed additional members in order to make the program more plausible. It was at that time that the Sand Dabbers were offered membership into IPSA and they accepted. The promised insurance program came into being and was brokered by Gerry Baron of Max Behm Insurance with Fireman’s Fund Insurance providing the liability coverage.
Years later IPSA would split up and then later regroup as IPSSA but the original Sand Dabber Chapter, now UPA #7, and a few other IPSA Chapters decided to strike out on their own and formed the United Pool Association. The “new” organization continued its long history with insurance broker Gerry Baron of Max Behm Insurance and Fireman’s Fund. Gerry Baron has since retired and Ron Carlson of USI Insurance Services now administrates the UPA liability insurance program.
From this humble beginning the UPA has grown to over 1,900 members but still maintains its grassroots belief in “Freedom at the Chapter level….Simplicity at the Board level”.