Mike Tellegen owner The Pool & Spa Medic Molalla, Oregon

Residential/Commercial Maintenance, Repair, Service Employees: 4 Accounts: 65-80

In 1984, Mike Tellegen started in the pool industry in Southern California. He was working as a buyer for the Kerr Glass Manufacturing Company, but a good friend was looking to offload some of the maintenance work for his pool business. Eventually, Tellegen bought his friend out. But Tellegen was coming home with an aching chest and coughing due to the Los Angeles smog. Frustrated with the fast pace of the city and wanting to be closer to family, he sold his business and relocated his family to the Portland, Oregon, area. He thought he was done with the pool industry as he struggled to find the office job he was looking for. To his surprise, a local pool company was looking for a repair technician and hired Tellegen, where he became service manager before going out on his own again in 1997. He has a small retail store and office in Molalla, Oregon, but The Pool & Spa Medic covers the entire Portland metro area.