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.