Rick Woemmel attributes success to industry education, hard work
Rick Woemmel left his computer-science job and got into the pool business because he didn’t want to sit behind a computer and a desk all day.
“Now I sit behind a computer and a desk all day,” Woemmel says, which shows just how much the world and the industry have changed since he opened Bi-State Pool & Spa in 1994. “But it is absolutely fun. I enjoy the industry and the people in it.”
When Woemmel started his St. Louis-based company, “I was the president, the CEO, the bathroom janitor, the head technician, installer,” he says. “Now my job is primarily a supporting role. It’s to make sure people are developing within our company and within our industry.”
Education is a passion for Woemmel, who travels the country teaching seminars for the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.
“Education is the real separator in our industry,” Woemmel says. “You can have nice T-shirts and trucks, but if you don’t know what you’re doing you’re not going to have customers for a long period of time. Taking seminars, reading articles and networking with other great people in our industry is how the industry will move forward.”