AUSTIN, TEXAS– Smart Pool Services (“SPS”), a rapidly-growing poolcare platform focused on backing and supporting leading pool companies – have partnered with Crystal Clear Pools & Spas (“Crystal Clear”) in a multi-million-dollar partnership. This partnership represents the first investment in the pool industry by SPS, which will strategically partner with – and grow – other key pool companies across The Sun Belt region of the United States.
Join the best – shoulder-to-shoulder
Smart Pool Services supports its partners by taking care of everything from hiring and chemical shortages – to providing centralized marketing, payroll, insurance, accounting, fleet management, and employee training and benefits – as well as improving customer service by reducing wait-times across all touchpoints and implementing the latest technologies. SPS is also able to drive down the cost of chemicals, parts, trucks, and much more, through its purchasing power and strong corporate relationships. By providing tools and resources, SPS empowers its partners to elevate, grow, and focus on what they do best: keeping customers happy and in their pools.
Crystal Clear Pools & Spas joins the team
As a heritage brand, Crystal Clear is widely-recognized as one of the nation’s leading operators – and since its establishment 36 years ago by Jimmy Harvey – its A+ team has grown it into one of the largest. Crystal Clear sets the gold standard in service for its customers, and provides absolute poolcare to both residential and commercial pools throughout Austin and the neighboring communities. Under the new partnership, Crystal Clear’s Founder, Jimmy Harvey, will assume the title of Partner, Texas Operations, and Crystal Clear’s experienced team of professionals will also join the Smart Pool family – continuing to provide customers with the high-quality service they have come to expect. Now, with the enhancements and support that SPS bring to the table, Jimmy and his team are excited to take Crystal Clear to the next level.
Jimmy Harvey, Industry Legend – Partner, Texas Operations
“When you’ve built something up over a long period of time like I have, you’re never going to partner with just anybody.” Says Jimmy Harvey, Founder of Crystal Clear. “What resonated with me in terms of what the Smart Pool team is doing – on top of their phenomenal support – is that they invite you into the room. You’re dealing with the people who make the decisions. In fact, you become one of the decision makers. That’s one of the big attractions for me.
“With Smart Pool, it really is the best of both worlds. You not only become part of the team, you have the opportunity to become one of the investors in the bigger business. I get to continue watching my business grow, and now I have the resources and backing to take it beyond my wildest dreams.”
Fraser Ramseyer, Founder and CEO of Smart Pool Services
“We couldn’t think of a better partner to launch our Smart Pool platform alongside than industry-veteran, Jimmy Harvey,” added Fraser Ramseyer, Founder and CEO of Smart Pool Services. “Crystal Clear is one of the country’s premier poolcare companies, and Jimmy’s undoubtedly among the industry’s best operators. He’s built his business over 30-years into what it is today, and in that time, he’s cultivated a world-class team, and has also become a highly-recognizable leader. The great news for Smart Pool is, Jimmy’s now a senior member of our team who’s already providing tremendous value. We look forward to him driving growth in Austin and bettering our operations at large.”
About Smart Pool Services
Smart Pool Services is an innovative full-service poolcare business that’s rapidly growing across The Sun Belt. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, SPS is backed by significant resources and best-in-class professionals. SPS invests in pure-play pool companies, with proven track records, strategic locations, and impressive growth trajectories. Smart Pool also seeks to actively partner with high-quality management teams, facilitate operational improvements, and provide capital for growth initiatives.
Read more: smartpoolservices.com
About Crystal Clear Pools & Spas
Founded in 1985 by Jimmy Harvey and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Crystal Clear Pools & Spas specialize in supporting both residential and commercial pools. As one of the largest operators in the US, Crystal Clear cares for customers across all of Austin and its neighboring communities – providing expertise in everything from pool cleaning and maintenance, to repair, renovation and construction.
Read more: poolrelief.com
About Storr Capital
Storr Capital is a platform-specialist investment firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. Storr’s mission is to positively impact fragmented industries and drive innovation for all founders, employees and customers. It achieves this by supporting, enhancing and empowering key operators with the tools and resources required to grow into game-changing, market-leading companies.
Read more: storrcapital.com
Smart Pool Services
Fraser Ramseyer [email protected] (512) 924-2264
Lucas Dorrell – Business Development – join the team today! [email protected] (512) 994-9646
Crystal Clear Pools & Spas
Jimmy Harvey [email protected]
Fraser Ramseyer [email protected] (512) 924-2264
PHTA Debuts Pool Professionals Pipeline
Group plans to launch a robust jobseeker education program to fill pipeline with new talent.
(Alexandria, VA) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) today announced it is jumping into the waters of workforce development with its Pool Professionals Pipeline, a new program designed to help its members find workers, drive awareness amongst today’s jobseekers, and foster long-term career progression in the pool, hot tub, and aquatics industry.
“It’s no secret that many industries and businesses today are struggling to find and retain employees, and this is particularly true in trades such as ours,” says PHTA President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE. “Our members are looking to PHTA to help fill that gap and we’re ready for the challenge. We are incredibly excited to share this new program with our membership and give them the tools they’ll need to compete in today’s labor market while working to attract a skilled, diversified, and thriving workforce.”
Underneath the PHTA’s Pool Professionals Pipeline workforce development umbrella is its external industry awareness campaign and jobseeker website, Work in Aquatics and workinaquatics.com, launching in 2023. Work in Aquatics will seek to advocate for trade professions by highlighting the numerous advantages, training and apprenticeship opportunities, job openings, and potential career progression tracks that are available working in the pool and hot tub industry. From construction labor to lifeguards, sales representatives, entrepreneurs, and even engineers and designers, there are many industry sectors and paths along the way that PHTA wants jobseekers to explore.
“This program is a game-changer for our industry as it works to drive qualified talent to our respective businesses and our industry as a whole,” says PHTA Chairman Charlie Claffey, owner of Claffey Pools. “To be successful, we’re going to need everyone on board as we work to put the industry on the radar of those searching for an alternative path to college; a rewarding career in a healthy lifestyle environment; the ability to work away from a desk; creative freedom through modern design; and lifesaving skills through swim instruction. The possibilities that exist in the aquatics industry are endless and once you begin in this line of work, you’ll never want to walk away. Let’s share that passion with the next generation of workers.”
A steering committee comprised of PHTA members, industry partners, and PHTA staff will serve in an advisory role to help guide programming, funding, and more:
- Charlie Claffey, Claffey Pools
- Joseph Laurino, Ph.D., Periodic Products, Inc.
- Andrew Levinson, PoolCorp
- Elizabeth McMurray, Florida Swimming Pool Association
- Albert Miller, Hayward
- Dominick Mondi, Northeast Spa & Pool Association
- Kevin Post, Counsilman-Hunsaker
- Teri Wiltshire, Master Pools Guild
- Lisa Zarda, CAE, US Swim School Association
Members, partners, and others interested in becoming involved in the PHTA Pool Professionals Pipeline can contact Seth Ewing, PHTA Senior Director of Member Programs & Services, at [email protected]
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
703-838-0083, ext. 121 | [email protected]
Poolside by CGT offers new CARRERA MARBLE
Poolside by CGT is delighted to now offer its new Carrara Marble vinyl pool liner pattern for 2023. The new pattern imitates the beautiful appearance of natural marble. Printed on a white liner material and enhanced with the company’s exclusive aquafinish protective topcoat that provides superior chemical resistance and an industry leading UV protection. The simplicity and beauty of this natural stone marble, inspires calmness and relaxation and complements today’s popular deck and coping treatments.
In order to visualize how the new pattern will look in the pool, Poolside by CGT provides a comprehensive tool for visualizing pool liner patterns in a pool including the ability to simultaneously select various popular deck options to truly visualize the pool’s final look and feel. The Poolside by CGT Visualizer makes the liner selection process fun and easy. The program starts by allowing the user to select from either a freeform or rectangular pool shape, then simply choose a liner design from the Poolside by CGT liner collection and choose a surrounding deck surface. The user can select from flagstone, paver, travertine, wood or concrete decking options, then explore their pool combination in five (5) different views of the pool including an aerial overhead view and both a day and night view of the pool with pool lighting. This powerful tool is the perfect for pool builders to provide to their customers so the client can get creative and even download a PDF of their favorite design. The Visualizer tool helps consumers to choose their pool liner pattern with confidence. This online tool works great with a desktop, tablet and even a mobile device. Go to www.visualizer.poolsidebycgt.com to try it out!
Or watch this promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE5V9wKqeSE
Water Tech Corp Voted Best Place to Work 2022 by NJ Business Journal
Water Tech Corp, manufacturer of the original Pool Blaster, as well as popular Volt and Precision battery powered pool cleaners, is pleased to have been selected as a Winner of the 2022 New Jersey Best Places to Work recipients! Water Tech won in the category of smaller companies to work for—as the winners are selected within the small, medium and large company size categories. “We are so proud win this award during the year of our 20th anniversary,” says Guy Erlich, Founder and President of the company. “The employees at Water Tech are a family and we have a lot of fun together making it a great place to work.”
With 19 different US patents on pool and spa cleaners alone, Water Tech has been able to use its intellectual property and unique product designs to systematically ensure its success in the marketplace and from 2005 and the present date, Water Tech has also received the “Pool & Spa News & Readers’ Choice Award” for “Best New Product” approximately seven (7) times!
The award ceremony took place on September 29, 2022. To learn more about the award and read more about the award winners, visit:
City/State: E. Brunswick, NJ
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