Aly Goudy remembers the day her boyfriend called to asked if she
wanted to lifeguard at the pool he managed. A college freshman, Aly thought
mixing work and romance was a bad idea, but she took the job. Fifteen years and
two kids later, Aly and Chet Goudy still work side by side in the industry.
relationship with pools began in a summer swim league at age 4 until he was 18.
He went on to become a lifeguard, a swim coach, a commercial pool manager and
then began servicing residential pools in 2006. His senior year in college, he
started a small pool company and saw a promising career ahead.
Aly and Chet swam NCAA Division 1 for Towson University and
married in 2008. Aly was already working for Goudy Pools part-time and went
full time in 2012. She handles most managerial tasks.
The Goudys focus on tasks customers can’t perform themselves;
otherwise they’ll send customers videos so they can clean their own filters and
give free advice over FaceTime. “By
the time our kids take over, I’m sure they will be remotely monitoring even
more closely with ways of doing business we can’t even imagine,” Aly says.
Chet also wants to elevate the customers’ expectations of what a
pool professional should be. “Pool
techs are not all teenagers with a summer job,” he says. “The better educated, experienced and
professional we can be, the better we can fill needs in our community.”