2014! Wow, what a number, or should I say what a year. Yes, 2014 just began, but it is a big year for me, as it marks my 30th anniversary with Eastgate Pools. While I don’t remember the exact date, early in 1984 I made the move to Eastgate Pools after 4-years with another Cincinnati area pool company. I was the youngster on the staff, just a college kid working part time after school and full time in the summers. Before I knew it, I was staying on at Eastgate Pools after graduating from college. The swimming pool business had gotten into my blood.
Now, here we are 30 years later. The girl I started dating my second year at Eastgate Pools became my wife, our two children both worked at Eastgate Pools while earning money for college, and now I am one of the proud grandparents that are part of the Eastgate family. It truly seemed like I blinked an eye and here I was.
I think statistics are with me when I say that not too many people spend 30 years with the same company anymore. I would not have or could not have done so without some great coworkers, a wife that understands retail’s challenges, and most importantly, all of the Eastgate Pools’ customers. I am not the greatest with names, but it is amazing the number of customers that I remember from those first years and all the years since. I have met many wonderful people working here, both coworkers and customers! All in all, a pretty good 30 years with more on the way.
Thanks to everyone that has made it possible to have this experience to share!!!!!