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About Us

History

Pool Geek evolved from a traditional “mom and pop” swimming pool store in Brighton, Michigan. Founded in 1974 John Austin Pools, Inc. installed inground swimming pools, serviced swimming pools, and operated a retail store. In 2007, we launched our first website spa-geek.com to try our hand at internet sales. We built the site 100 percent in house and shipped orders out of our back room.

Business Size

In 2011 we shipped over 25,000 orders. We ship all of these orders from our own inventory, with all of our own employees. Pool Geek sold over $4,000,000.00 in total sales during that period. We have 3 full time employees. We hire up to 10 additional employees during the warmer months. Our business is incredibly seasonal! We are a small business. We take pride in being very efficient and having low overhead.

Philosophy

We don’t think it takes a complicated philosophy to run a successful company. We do the right thing for our customers even if it costs us a little more. We ship orders very fast. We communicate clearly with each other and with our customers. We bootstrap all of our projects and avoid debt. We think coupons are silly and over complicate the buying process. We price products the best we can for everyone. We keep our business simple, straightforward, and deliver what our customers ask for. That is it.

Real People

Jacob Shaulis jacob@poolgeek.com

Jacob is the Operations Managing Partner at Pool Geek. At a small company like ours, that means he does a little of about 50 different jobs. He played the Marimba at Michigan State University, has ridden motorcycles, and likes to fish. He is employee number 2 at Pool Geek and started out filling orders in our, then, unheated warehouse in the dead of a Michigan winter.

Shipping

Orders placed by 3pm on business days are shipped that business day, all other orders are shipped the next business day. We ship all orders via UPS Ground and orders arrive 1 - 5 business days from the time of shipment.