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36-year-old Joshua Lee Webb was living at his parents house, until his mental health deteriorated and he fell into a state of psychosis. He then decapitated his mother, bringing her severed head into a grocery store. We then cover the story of Greg Fleniken. He was found dead alone in his hotel room, seemingly from a heart attack. It wasn't until t…
 
Episode Summary: Al Curtis and Sandi Maki are the creators of Ask the Pool Guy and Girl, a brand that began at the dawn of social media out of a sheer passion for the art and craft of building a pool. Al, a lifelong member of the industry, is the face of the brand. He had his start at a summer job with a local pool company and never looked back. Sa…
 
Richard Rogers (The Last Call Killer) is an American serial killer and nurse who targeted gay men in NYC, dismembering his victims and discarding their body parts around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Then we dive into the murder of Emma Walker. She was safe asleep in her bed - until two bullets were shot from outside her house, killing her…
 
Episode Summary: Eric and Jenel Resh are the owners of Piranha Pool Products, formally known as the Smart! Company based in Temecula, CA. An industry leader among pool cleaning brands, Piranha’s products include leaf nets, poles, and brushes which are available through hundreds of wholesale distributors around the country. Eric and Jenel look back …
 
PART 2 of our two part episode on David Russell Williams. He was a “shining star” in the Canadian Military, a model officer with 23 years of service...unfortunately Williams had a vile secret which would end up ruining the lives of everyone he met. Then we cover the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, who was shot three times in her own home. The case was …
 
Episode Summary: In this episode, we welcome back our friend Rich Gallo who is the Founder and CEO of Pure Swim Inc., an all-inclusive concierge swimming pool maintenance and repair company based out of Valencia, CA. In today’s conversation, Rich offers nuggets of advice to build up your confidence in your business processes and, by extension, your…
 
With 17-year old Tyler Hadley's parents "out of town" he was all too excited to throw a house party in the summer of 2011. But as people drank into the late hours of the night, Tyler's behavior was alarming and his actions even more shocking. Then we go into PART 1 of our two part episode on David Russell Williams. He was a “shining star” in the Ca…
 
Episode Summary: Beth Hamil is the Vice President of Product Development at MicroPlasma Ozone Technologies, Inc. She has 42 years of professional experience in ozone system development, ozone applications, ozone consulting, and project management, spanning a comprehensive range of commercial and residential industries. Beth defines ozone as “a gas …
 
Genevieve Tetpon was found stabbed, stuffed in a sleeping bag on the side of the road. With little evidence and no suspects, the case turns cold. But a rookie cop makes finding Genevieve's killer his first priority... and what he discovers is startling. Then we cover the case of Nicholas Barclay. He went missing at 13, but emerges years later. He l…
 
Episode Summary: In this episode, we had the opportunity to interview Skip Ast and Jeff Ast of Shasta Pools. Shasta’s commitment to excellence began in 1966 when Bob Ast founded Shasta and was soon joined by his brother Skip. Today Shasta is Arizona’s most experienced pool builder and the valley’s only Master Pools Guild member, delivering innovati…
 
Lindsay Buziak was a hardworking 24 year old real estate agent who was viciously murdered while showing a vacant home to a couple in Canada. Was her boyfriend responsible? Or was Lindsay's death the result of a professional hit? Then we discuss how a "stalking" case quickly turned into the framing of an innocent woman. The key players: Ian Diaz (em…
 
Voted most likely to never leave her hometown, Jordan Bonham Rasmussen was in love with the small town feel of the town that she grew up in in southwest Ohio. It caught everyone, including herself, by surprise, when she got the bug to challenge herself, step outside of her comfort zone, and for an internship, travel to a new place: Albion, Nebraska…
 
Episode Summary: Fred Schweer is the Vice President of Sales at PoolRx Worldwide, which manufactures an EPA-registered, NSF Certified, and eco-friendly mineral-based algaecide and chemical reducer. PoolRx eliminates existing algae fast, prevents algae from coming back, and lasts for up to six months. The chelated minerals free up low levels of chlo…
 
Episode Summary: Dakota Sweeney is the owner of Swimming Bear Pool Services, a pool service company in Hesperia/Victorville, CA. For those that have listened to the podcast for a while, you know that’s some of our old stomping grounds. Our conversation focused on Dakota’s inspiring journey which began with a challenging childhood that included divo…
 
David Chan is currently the Chief Operating Officer of FarmTogether - a technology-enabled farmland investment platform that provides investors with direct access to farmland as an asset class. With a diverse team under its name and over 70 years of combined experience in agribusiness, investments, and climatology, they carefully curate farmland pr…
 
James “Jimmy” Beaudoin II, was the surrogate son—and alleged lover—of New York’s “jeweler to the stars.” He went from living a mundane life in Florida to being accepted into New York City's social elite over night. But after a night of partying ending in the grisly murder of Joey Comunale, Jimmy faces a much darker future. Then we detail the rape a…
 
Not only is there a large disconnect from the average American to animal agriculture, there is actually a perceptible growing negative sentiment towards animal agriculture. Most people don't have much interaction with food outside of ordering it at a restaurant or removing it from a grocery store shelf. This growing distance in generations between …
 
Episode Summary: In this episode, our good friend Justin Bowie of JMax Plumbing returns for his third appearance on the podcast where we pick his brain on some of the most commonly asked questions about his trade. After Justin was on the podcast for episode 109, he shared with us that he received several questions, many of which he gets on a regula…
 
After learning that Casey Anthony (who most likely murdered her daughter) is producing a documentary about Caylee, 2, on the 10th anniversary of her acquittal... we decided we had to cover the case of the mother who reported her daughter "missing" a month after killing her. Then we discuss the death of Ellen Greenberg. She was found stabbed to deat…
 
Episode Summary: Since January 2014, Paul Sebastian has been the Owner of Brandsmith. Paul works closely with clients to design unique and distinguishable brands that can be encapsulated in a variety of formats, including wall graphics, banners, business cards, and as we will focus on in this conversation vehicle wraps. Brandsmith is an “artist-own…
 
Episode Summary: In this episode, we sit down with Skimmer’s new Chief Executive Officer Jack Nelson and Managing Consultant Ryan Hash. We discuss how their careers each led them to Skimmer and the unlimited potential that Jack saw in the pool industry and Skimmer specifically which made him and his partner pull the trigger on investing in the soft…
 
“What is neat about ag engineering is that every sector of agriculture needs an engineer - I could talk [for hours] about the opportunities in ag engineering,” says Alacyn. Attracted to the amazing complexities of ag equipment in high school, it wasn’t until her junior year of college that Alacyn was able to dig into the specific courses in machine…
 
In Houston, Texas in 1995, Jennifer Morey was a young lawyer living alone in an apartment complex she’d chosen because it seemed like a safe place to live. But after a night out with friends, Jennifer awoke to the feeling of someone on top of her. Then we examine the disappearance Lauren Spierer, an Indiana University student, who vanished nearly 1…
 
Garrett Lister didn’t grow up in the traditional agricultural family lifestyle but his father was a high school ag teacher and, through that, Garrett found himself involved in 4-H and FFA. Attending college at Kansas State University, he figured he would start his degree in the world of Agricultural Economics, assuming that he would transfer to ano…
 
Episode Summary: Bob and Kathy Hubbard spent their early professional lives in the corporate world but, because of their love for swimming and the ocean, they were led to run a competitive swim program called the Phoenix Swim Club during the economic downturn of the late 1980s. Frustrated by the lack of profitability, they narrowed their focus to g…
 
Tyler Nuss wears many hats in his day to day life but, whether it’s working his day job in supply chain and operation for Rivian, an electric car startup, or being an advocate for sustainable agriculture - he’s on a mission to change the world. Co-founding the podcast the Modern Acre with his brother Tim. Tyler’s goal was to provide a community abo…
 
Israel Keyes has been labeled the most diabolical and organized serial killer there ever was, who baffled the FBI for years until he was caught. How could a man with a family living in Alaska, be capable of murdering around the country for over 14 years? Then we re-examine the infamous case of JonBenét Ramsey, 6 year old beauty pageant queen, and c…
 
Originally, Peter Bachmann wanted to be a large animal veterinarian but, within just a week on campus, he realized that wasn’t where he wanted his career to go! But he always knew he wanted to be involved in agriculture and by never letting what he thought was his dream get in the way of his destination, he has become a monumental force for agricul…
 
Episode Summary: Today’s guest takes us way back to 1919 when his company was started by his grandfather just after the Great War. He walks us through the many innovative ideas and products that the LaMotte Company has had over that time, what sparked those ideas, and the amount of work that it took to make it all happen. We go through LaMotte’s pr…
 
Not only did Ellie Symes start her master’s degree program the same year that she was finishing her undergraduate degree at Indiana University, she also pioneered an ag start-up all about bees and agriculture’s pollination processes. Constantly moving throughout her childhood, Ellie has found a home in Indiana where she and her co-founder, Wyatt, c…
 
Have you ever seen the movie Catch Me If You Can? If so, you know a bit more about Frank Abagnale Jr. than you think you do. He is arguably the most famous con man, imposter and escape artist there is. Next up, things take a dark turn as we cover the cons of Sante Kimes and her son Kenny Kimes. Dubbed “Mommy and Clyde," they were involved in a stri…
 
Through his involvement in extracurricular events provided by his local California Farm Bureau chapter, Zane Peterson was able to be a part of logging industry conversations that provided him with the opportunity for legislative involvement that would shape his future career. A young forester, Zane’s parents were involved in the California timber i…
 
If you are like us, then you have probably been to some trade shows, walked down the aisles, and noticed specialty chemicals such as enzymes and phosphate removers that got you excited to incorporate them into your team’s daily routines. You just don’t know how. We are joined today by Jamie Novak who is the Brand Manager for NC Brands Products, a d…
 
A native of western Canada, Rosie Thoni had always grown up around agriculture and had been heavily involved in 4-H and junior cattle associations. Despite her love for Canada and the nearby, world-famous Calgary Stampede, Rosie knew that she was going to have to take a chance to follow her passion of being an agricultural communicator. A passion t…
 
For nearly 27 years family, friends and law enforcement have tirelessly tried to find out what happened to friends Suzanne "Suzie" Streeter and Stacy McCall, and Streeter's mother, Sherrill Levitt, who went missing from Levitt's home in Springfield, Missouri. Then we examine the life and crimes of John List. He was an your average guy - accountant …
 
Mitchell Hora’s first word was “corn,” which couldn’t be more fitting for this seventh generation Iowan farmer. In fact, in 2021, the Hora family will be celebrating 150 years of Hora family farming legacy and innovation in their hometown of Washington, Iowa. Mitchell still works closely with his father, trialing and experimenting with new processe…
 
We’re kicking off our first episode of the year with a bang. Our guest today has been a constant innovator in the industry for over 20 years. He is always trying to improve and spends hours upon hours researching new and better ways of taking care of his current customers’ pools. We named this episode after the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell bec…
 
Robert Emmet Chambers Jr. was dubbed the Preppy Killer by the media after murdering 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in NYC's Central Park. He was a rich white boy from New York - and despite how hard he tried, money and good looks couldn't get him out of murder charges. Then one Saturday morning a Lululemon employee goes to open the store for the day, b…
 
The year 2020 is coming to a close and to say it has been a crazy year would be an understatement! This year started out with a bang, we traveled to Houston, Atlantic City, Orlando, Minneapolis, and Long Beach all in the first 3 months! When the pandemic came, we were thrown some new challenges, from juggling in-person interviews with all the sanit…
 
John Brennan Crutchley, better known as the Vampire rapist, was a suspected serial killer who is believed to have murdered up to 30 women. Although never convicted for these crimes, one brave teenage girl was able to put him behind bars... but only after he raped her and drank half her blood. Then we get into the holiday spirit with the Christmas t…
 
Twas the Monday before Christmas, and it is finally here, The first Pool Chasers Christmas special was released this year. A list of our top 5 favorite Christmas movies was discussed, This is a must-listen, on this you need trust. An episode full of laughter and fun, There might even be a reference to a Tommy gun. Our best and worst gifts of all ti…
 
Ardeth Wood went for a bike ride but never returned home. Her body appeared days later in the creek in town, leading police on a year long wild goose chase. Then we dissect the case of Elisa Lam. Her body was found in a water tank atop the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The police ruled it an accidental death, but the facts don't add up - esp…
 
In this episode, we welcome John Rotundo & John Watt of Pentair to discuss the utilization of salt and UV systems as alternative sanitizer solutions. As our industry continues to navigate through the chlorine tab shortage, it’s good to look at other proven methods of pool and spa sanitization. We break down how exactly salt systems work, when and h…
 
David Richard Berkowitz, AKA Son of Sam, was a serial killer who targeted and shot young women on the streets of New York - while writing letters to the media to fuel NYC's fear. Do you buy his story that he's "insane" and his neighbor's pet urged him to kill? Then we dive into the heroic story of Mary Vincent, who was raped and tortured by Lawrenc…
 
In today’s episode, we highlight a few new items that Pentair has come out with during the pandemic. We will be covering the Pentair Home and Pro app as well as the all-new IntelliSync Pump Control and Monitoring System. Our guests did a great job giving a detailed overview of each product and even shared the simple installation process for the Int…
 
Today’s episode is the fourth in a four-part filter series, where we get into all thing’s cartridge filters. Our guests today explain the anatomy of a cartridge filter, when and how a filter clean should be performed, when the elements should be replaced, and much more. To lead our discussion, we have with us Pentair’s Product Manager on filters an…
 
It was a case that shook the heart of a Toronto, the death of a young girl at the hands of a heinous monster. On May 12, 2003, 10-year-old Holly Jones volunteered to walk her friend Claudia home after a play date, but she never was seen again. Then we dive into the life and crimes of American mobster, Henry Hill. Half Irish, half Italian - he wante…
 
Today’s episode is the third in a four-part filter series, where we discuss all things diatomaceous earth filters, or simply DE filters. Our guests today explain the anatomy of a DE filter, what DE powder is, the proper way to backwash and recharge a DE filter, and how to perform a DE breakdown when you are cleaning the filter. To lead our discussi…
 
Today’s episode is the second in our four-part filter series, and we are talking all about sand filters. We all know what they look like, but do we know exactly how they work and their correct terminology? Our guests today break down the anatomy of a sand filter, what backwashing is truly intended to do, why the laterals are important and when to c…
 
Today’s episode is the first in a four-part series on filters. We discuss why filtration is such a vital part of a pool and spa. We talk about how you can explain filtration in layman’s terms to help customers understand it better, how to choose the right type and size filter, what “effective filtration area” means, and much more. To lead our discu…
 
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