How it all got started
I got my start in the swimming pool industry in September 1999 when I purchased a Swimming pool cleaning route from Steve Farber & Clear & Clean Pools. I bought 43 accounts and received some training through them. I did all kinds of different specialized advertising and doubled my route every year until I sold about 300 residential and commercial accounts in 2004.
I obtained my CPO certification on August 26 2001 with the late Bailey Prowell CPO Registration 33-115832
I received my Broward County Swimming Pool and Spa Service License in February of 2002. CC-10531-SP-X
I obtained the title of CPOI , Certified Pool Operator Instructor, from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. NSPF.org in February of 2003 33-101010. This is the highest professional designation in the swimming pool industry.
I have educated thousands of clients through the CPO course and specialized classes. The class most requested is the dry chemical class which shows service techs how to maintain a residential swimming pool for about $1 per week.
I sold all of my pool routes in July of 2004 and started a wholesale distribution store in the same warehouse I was storing all of my service chemicals & vehicles in Coconut Creek.
I grew the wholesale distribution company and in 2007 I opened a 2nd location in Lake Worth, Florida. I sold the store in Coconut Creek in October 2007 and the Lake Worth store in March of 2008. I have consulted with other distribution companies, service companies, and manufacturers in their startup, operation , & growth through education and experience. I have written a textbook and a course for Goldcoast School www.goldcoastschools.com to assist people in obtaining licensing for the State & County Commercial & Residential builders along with Swimming Pool & Spa Service contractors licenses. I also operate a Business Consulting company where I advise companies on how to resole their problems and open new doors for them, and ultimately making them more money with less stress.
November 2008, I became the 1st person in the State of Florida to ever hold the highest professional swimming pool license, Certified Commercial pool Contractor CPC 1458035, along with the highest professional designation of National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator Instructor CPOI 33-101010
Starting in Jan 2009, I will be offering study guides, Continuing Education, and cram courses exclusively through Gold Coast Schools.
In June of 2010 I started a monthly educational seminar program for anyone in the Swimming pool Industry on 5 topics. GC_flyer.pdf"> Brochure
May 2011 - Leaves Goldcoast Schools for Contractors Exam School. For 40 years, Contractors Exam School has been providing the finest programs to help 70,000 candidates pass county and state exams. We offer many choices for course study from seminars to home study. Our programs are designed to provide complete preparation for all licensing categories currently available.
Jan 2012 - Founded One Exam Prep Inc. Created Florida's first construction school dedicated to providing exam preparation courses for County Registered licenses.
I have started three different swimming pool companies that all grossed $1 Million + in annual sales and am currently working on the 4th.
How can I help you make more money?
This Website is designed and maintained by Rob Estell for the Purpose of educating the swimming pool industry with factual information that will help you save lives, time and money.
If you submit questions I will respond with my opinion and provide as much supporting factual information.
1 Exam Prep Inc.
Founder - President
Online Construction School for County & State Construction Licenses.
Contractors Exam School
May 2011 - August 2011
Real Estate Sales Associate
Pool Pros Consulting Inc CPC 1458035
April 2007 â€“ Dec 2010
Gold Coast Schools DEC 2008 - May 2011
Instructor â€“ Nov 2008 - May 2011
Swimming pool CE courses, County & State Licensing programs, CPO, Contractor Business Law & Finance
National Swimming Pool Foundation
Feb 2003 â€“ Present
The Pool Pros â€“ Founder
Started from a concept a swimming pool distribution company with an "outside the box" approach.
The Pool Pros of Lake Worth Inc â€“ Founder
The Pool Pros of South Florida Inc â€“ Founder
Purchased a swimming pool service and repair company in 1999
Apex Machine Company
MSK Precision Products
Shift Supervisor at Durand Glass manufacturing Company
Department Supervisor at Richland Glass Company
Friedrich & Dimmock
United States Army
6221 NW 41 Way
Coconut Creek, Florida 33073