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Whether you own a business or whether you service, repair, build, design, or market pools, we want to build a podcast tailored to fit our needs. We will be interviewing business owners, pool service and repair companies, builders, manufactures, marketing and social media experts, as well as many others that can help progress, inspire and entertain us all.
 
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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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Last Thursday, Pleatco announced the winners of the 2020 Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Search. In this episode, we get to know Jesse Gist of Gallagher Pools and Spas and Shannon Sellers of Jeff’s Pool and Spa Service. We discuss how they got into the industry, their current positions in the companies, what it was like entering, competing, and winning the co…
 
Today’s guest reminds us of a simple, yet overlooked principle in business: The more time and care you put into serving each individual customer, the more likely that customer will stick with you for life. In this episode, we speak with our very own repair mechanic from Brothers Pool Service & Repair and a 20-year veteran of the pool industry, Dana…
 
A few weeks ago, we discussed ways to reduce chlorine usage in a pool. Today, we talk about a new product that we think can help you do just that. Our friends over at Pivot-Solar Breeze have launched a brand-new Ariel line. We love the NX2 model, but they improved upon it and made the units much nimbler and more effective. What we love most from a …
 
Why would a third-generation pool builder step away from the family business to start a business of their own? Today’s guest shares his motivation for charting his own course and continuing his family’s legacy on his own terms. Nick Hauk is the owner of Pure Design Group. He started in the pool industry when he was just 15 years old. He graduated f…
 
The chlorine shortage is a real problem that has become a topic of much debate in the pool industry today. How many of us actually understand what happened when the factories were forced to shut down? Our guest explains why the shortage is taking place and provides an alternative perspective from the manufacturing angle. John Bokor has been with Ha…
 
In this episode, we sat down with Robert Stuart who is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Robert has over 30 years of experience in the hot tub industry. He shares some fundamentals and best practices on how to service and upsell to make the most out of the hot tubs on your route. Listen in as Robert discusses the differences between a pool and a hot…
 
In this episode, we had the opportunity to sit down with Lee Russell of Russell Pool Company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Russell Pool Company was founded by Roy and Betty Russell in 1965, and today it is owned and operated by Keith and Lee Russell who have continued the tradition of designing and developing beautiful swimming pools. We all know that…
 
In this episode, we sat down with Danielle Bahr who is the Director of the Swimming Pool Pro Alliance (SPPA) in Temecula, California to discuss general liability insurance. Most businesses out there, have some sort of LLC or Corporation protecting their personal assets. That is very important, but what happens if an incident occurs or an accident h…
 
In this episode, we sat down with Travis Scott of Unity Pools in Gilbert, Arizona. Ever since we first saw them on Instagram, we knew that they had a California lifestyle vibe to them. Since we are from there as well, we really connect with some of their projects. Travis shares his story with us and we think you will agree that it is not your typic…
 
In this episode, we sat down with Oceanside Glass & Tile’s CEO Sean Gildea as well as their Product and Inventory Manager Brian Fitzgerald. We have been big fans of Oceanside since we first saw it on a job site. There is just something unique and special when you open the box and once it is installed it looks even more fantastic. We have always hea…
 
In this episode, we asked Chas Bogardus of Budd’s Pools & Spas back to discuss the pool closing season with us. Winterizations may not be something we deal with much here in Arizona, but we know a large portion of the country enters their closing season after Labor Day and we wanted to discuss them. Being from the New Jersey area and on the board o…
 
In this episode, we sat down with Pleatco’s Chief Marketing Officer Battista Remati to discuss the 2020 Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy/Gal Search We really enjoyed our conversation with Battista as he shared the origin story of the contest and what it has done for the winners over the years. Winning the contest has truly changed so many lives by not only …
 
In this episode, we sat down with Pentair’s National Training Manager Sue Robach to discuss the Pentair Master Service Program. When we ran Brothers Pool Service, we were always trying to find ways to make us and our team better. We were also constantly looking for topics to discuss during our weekly meetings and we think that this would have been …
 
In this episode, we sat down with Chad Warner who is the owner of Fountain Rescue which is a fountain remodel, new build, cleaning, and repair company in Cave Creek, Arizona. When we ran Brothers Pool Service, we were always a little hesitant to take on fountains after we had a few bad experiences in the beginning. We quickly found out that althoug…
 
As business owners, we always have the best intentions when we schedule a photo shoot, but do you have a set plan for that shoot? Do you know what shots you are looking for, and more importantly do you know what platforms you are planning to use the photos on? Well, in this episode, Greg and Tyler discuss how you can be more organized during the wh…
 
In this episode, we sat down with one of Jobber’s experts Chris Gardner to discuss the software that changed our business. This day and age, customers expect a convenient experience from start to finish and when you use Jobber you can give that to them. 33% of people say they would pay 20% more for a convenient experience, so make why not make conv…
 
We have noticed over the years, that when you tell someone you work in the swimming pool industry, they automatically think that you can answer every question they have about their pool. One of the most commonly asked questions we received was how does in-ground pool plumbing work. It seems to be one of the more complex things to understand when it…
 
In this episode, we sat down with Pentair’s heater and lighting project manager Zack Pickard for a crash course on all things pool lights. Lights are another tricky part of the industry as it is mixing electricity and water, which do not typically go together. Needless to say, it is vital to be safe when working with any type of pool lighting. Zack…
 
You may be wondering why Email? Well, the fact is that every day, millions of emails are sent from companies to their customers and suppliers. A well-written email can lead to business success, while a bad email can harm a professional relationship, derail a project, or hurt your reputation. People often think that emails can be less formal, but th…
 
In this episode, we had the opportunity to sit down with Pool & Electrical Products (PEP) Sales Manager Scott Keck and First Choice Product Manager David White. We had a great conversation about how PEP was started and how it has developed into what it is today. Scott and David share with us what makes PEP stand out and how to this day, their goal …
 
In this special episode, we sat down with Brad Leavitt of AFT Construction, Jeromey Naugle of Premier Paradise, and John Martese of On-Demand Design Concepts to discuss what you need to be looking for when aligning yourself with a General Contractor, Pool Designer, or Pool Builder. Each of them has had their own experiences, both good and bad, and …
 
In this episode, we sat down with Joe Sr, Joe Jr, and Ben of Primate Pool Tools. They are the creators of the industry’s first carbon fiber pool pole. Have you seen this next generation of pool service poles yet? Maybe you have seen the gorilla at a trade show or on social media and wondered what it was all about. Well, that is the mascot for the P…
 
In this episode, we sat down with John Rotundo and Brian King from Pentair to discuss suction side, pressure side, and robotic pool cleaners. We had a great discussion about each option and how they are designed to work. We also discussed some of the key things that you need to know when dealing with each style. This information can make a world of…
 
Have you ever asked yourself what is SEO, or what does SEO stand for? Have you heard the term SEM and wondered what exactly is search engine marketing? These are questions we hear often and once had ourselves. It can be difficult to grasp these concepts, so for this special episode of the podcast, we sat down with Lorne Sederoff of SearchKings and …
 
In this episode, Eric Knight from Orenda joins us again, but this time it is to discuss eight bad habits that are costing you money. We first heard Eric talk about these on a Facebook live that he and Laura put on for Orenda. In that discussion, they laid out 6 habits, and for this discussion, we talk about those but throw in two of our own in the …
 
Episode 100 is here and we can’t believe it! We have interviewed a ton of people over the last few years and while doing so, we have discussed with them how their pasts have shaped who they are today. The background stories are one of our favorite parts of each episode because you can really learn a lot about someone when you understand where they …
 
In this episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down remotely with Kevan Cooper who is the Sr. IOT Product Manager for Pentair. We asked Kevan to give us an overview of Pentair’s new flagship automation product the IntelliCenter. We first saw the IntelliCenter control system at a trade show a few years ago and were very impressed, we could tell tha…
 
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Mitch Katz who is the General Manager at Land of Elite and the current President of NESPA. We first met Mitch in Atlantic City at the Pool and Spa Show in 2019 and knew that we had to have him on the show. We were excited that we were finally able to make it happen. Mitch shares his story with us about how h…
 
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