National Pool Partners (NPP), a multi-regional pool service company, announced the acquisition of Ambiance Pool Service & Supplies of Tucson, Arizona. Ambiance will serve as NPP’s consumer-facing pool service brand in Tucson while Aquaman Pools will remain its brand in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. Since its launch in January 2021, NPP has become the fastest growing pool service aggregator in the country and established itself as the go-to acquirer for the industry’s most successful and respected service brands.
One of the most decorated pool service companies in the country, Ambiance Pool Service & Supplies has been recognized as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies. Ambiance has also won the Arizona Daily Star Readers’ Choice award in 2021 and the Best of the Northwest award in 2020, reinforcing why it’s one of the biggest brands in Arizona.
Founded by Michael Baker in 2009, Ambiance started as a one-man company and grew to service hundreds of pools a week in Tucson with an exceptionally diversified array of pool service offerings. Pleatco’s Perfect Pool Guy winner for 2021, Baker will join NPP as Area Director, responsible for all Tucson operations while also maintaining his leadership role as branch manager of Ambiance.
“We’re excited to be bringing on the pedigreed company that Michael has built along with his presence as a vivacious, hungry leader who’s truly at the top of the industry,” says Chad Nikkel, founding partner and regional president at NPP. “NPP is proud to be entering a new market with a well-established brand that has a reputation of being consumer-focused and forward thinking… The outlook for what’s to come is very exciting.”
As consolidation within the pool industry continues to intensify, Baker was interested in exiting his ownership so that he could focus on operations while also providing new opportunities for his employees. In selecting a suitor, Baker wanted to ensure the company culture he’d crafted was preserved and that the Ambiance legacy would be protected.
“We received offers from other acquisition companies, but chose NPP based on its capital and leadership, but mostly because it’s a pool-company at heart,” Baker says. “They checked all the boxes and there isn’t another brand out there whose core values better align with ours.”
In addition to expansion into Arizona, NPP surpassed 11,000 pools served in Florida last November with the acquisitions of Pool Doctor and Magnolia Pool and Spa.
With more than 20 years in the pool industry, Pool Doctor co-owners, Mark and Barbara Forster are veterans in the space. They’ve built a world-class pool service business servicing nearly 3,000 pools every week. Pool Doctor has built an exemplary reputation and unique branding, that includes their highly recognizable yellow service trucks. These traits along with numerous accolades and other attributes, make Pool Doctor an institution in Southwest Florida pool service. Since NPP has acquired Pool Doctor, the Forsters are retiring from the pool service industry to pursue other interests.
“From the beginning, NPP valued our business highly and acted with integrity,” says Mark Forster. “After our first meeting with NPP, we knew that we wanted to do business with this company because they’re pool people who understand our business, and they’re able to bring additional resources, professionalism and opportunities that will cause the business to flourish. Now we’re confident that our business and team members have a great future with NPP.”
Co-owners of Magnolia Pool and Spa, Harry and Renee Geller, will join the NPP team in management roles. Harry will be the director of operations for the West Coast of Florida while Renee will be branch manager, where she will continue to lead the Magnolia team. They joined the pool industry in 2017 and grew their business significantly in the last handful of years. Pool enthusiasts at heart, the Gellers are fulfilling their dream to pursue professional growth while helping NPP continue to elevate the industry.
“NPP clearly stands out as the future of the pool service industry,” says Harry Geller. “It’s very forward-thinking, innovative, and puts people first; that coupled with the best technology and resources is what attracted us to this partnership. What differentiates NPP is that they’re focused on the people, putting them first and valuing what they bring to the organization. They value our team, and we’re confident their investments in resources and expertise will help it continue to grow.”