Introducing the PoolPro Panel

Meet our panelists

It’s been a longtime goal at PoolPro to create a panel of pool professionals to share their opinions and expertise. Each edition we’ll pose a question to our group. We tried to find panelists who vary in geographic location, experience and company size.

Craig Sears
CSP, CPB, CPO, President
Sears Pool Management Consultants, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

Facebook: @SearsPoolManagement
Twitter: @SearsPools
Instagram: @SearsPoolMgmt

residential/commercial, service, repair, lifeguard staffing
employees: 16
accounts: 200

Craig Sears is president and owner of Sears Pool Management Consultants, a 21-year old firm specializing in the operation and management of commercial swimming pool facilities in the Atlanta metro. He received a degree in biology from Washington and Lee University and an MBA in management from Georgia State University. With more than 25 years’ experience in the aquatics industry, Sears has been a lifeguard, swim coach, swim lesson instructor, pool manager, sales manager and even a bartender before founding Sears Pool Management in 1997. Sears served as president of the GA Chapter of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals and continues to serve on the state board of directors. In 2012, Sears founded the nonprofit Greater Atlanta Water Safety Alliance, a chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Sears received the APSP Fellows designation in 2018. He is passionate about aquatics and seeks to better the industry in the areas of safety, professionalism and minimizing environmental impact.

Brian Diglio
CPO, AST, CSP, president
Blue Wave Pool Service and Supplies, Inc.
Hamden, Connecticut

Facebook: @BlueWavePoolSpa
Twitter: @MarvTheDolphin
YouTube: Blue Wave Pool Service & Supplies

residential/commercial, service, repair, renovation, retail
employees: 5 year-round; 12 in season
accounts: 300

Brian Diglio purchased Blue Wave Pool Service & Supplies from its original founder in 1985. Diglio didn’t have a background in the pool industry, but he sought out education to get up to speed, which introduced him to industry associations. Diglio has been extremely involved in the local and national associations, serving as the president and education chairman for the Connecticut Spa & Pool Association and as an instructor for the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Blue Wave strives to provide the service of a large company while keeping the feel of a family operation.

Terry Clason
Coral Pools
San Diego, California

Instagram: @CoralPools

residential/commercial, service, repair
employees: 2
accounts: 200

Terry Clason grew up doing auto repair — the family business for 40 years. He got his start in pools by helping friends with heater repairs since, at the time, not many were doing diagnostics with multimeters, something he was comfortable with. Ten years ago, he started Coral Pools and says there is a great group of pool company owners in his area who help each other out.

Derrick Todd
CPO, owner
AquaNut Pool Care
Greenville, South Carolina

Facebook: @AquanutPoolCareGreenville
Twitter: @Aquanutpoolcare
Instagram: @Aquanutpoolcare
YouTube: AquanutPoolCare

residential/commercial, service, repair, renovation, retail
employees: 9
accounts: 140-180

Derrick Todd got his start in the swimming pool industry in 2002 working for a large pool company in Columbia, South Carolina. He and his wife Suzanne started Aquanut Pool Care in 2008. In addition to the robust service business, the couple opened a retail store in 2016 (read more about that here).

David J. Hawes
president and CEO
H&H Pool Services, Inc.
San Francisco, California

residential/ commercial, service, repair
employees: 12
accounts: 800

David Hawes started his company in 1971 — but he’d been around the swimming pool industry his entire life. His parents cleaned up after gunite crews, loading sand and cement into dump trucks and hauling it off. When he was 12, Hawes started his first pool company, Dave’s Chemical Service, where he would ride his bike and add chemicals. He has a degree from the Menlo School of Business Administration. Hawes is an active IPSSA member and is currently the group’s president and region 1 director. He is also a member of the APSP and a board member of the FPSIE. He teaches and speaks at industry events nationwide.

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