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The People of Downtown Pools

 


 Downtown Pools is not your typical South Florida business. We believe in providing first class customer service and make it evident in everything we do. We still exist twenty five years later solely because of you, our neighborhood customer, and we are dedicated to your complete satisfaction and continued business.  That is a strong claim in today’s marketplace so come by Downtown Pools and meet some of the people that keep us going. We have a team of specialists that have dedicated most of their lives to knowing everything about your pool.  Please take a moment to read about our "Knowledge Team" below.

 

Our Owner Steven Campbell - 34 Years in the Business 

 Steve grew up in Fort Lauderdale and attended South Plantation High school before attending Broward College for Electronic Theory and Engineering. He started his career in the pool industry with his first job at Pinch-A-Penny in Plantation in 1983. He moved over to Basic Sun Discount Center on Peters Road where he designed and grew this warehouse business into a huge success through customer loyalty.  In 1988 Steve recognized the demand and invented the first professional electronic swimming pool leak detection system, "The Leak Wizard", which spawned the current technologies still being used today.  In 1992 Steve created the concept for the Pool Centers USA franchise stores in Broward where he created all the technical materials and trained new store owners and their staff. After successfully doing this for many years he decided to leave the industry as a full time position and put his education to work as a field specialist for General Electric and later full multimedia equipment operations manager for TrialGraphix. During this time he still kept his swimming pool contractors license valid and did repairs for his friends at the Pool Centers USA stores on weekends. After many years of traveling during the week, Steve decided to stay home with his new son and joined his father-in-law at Downtown Pools in 2004.  After a few months together Steve took over ownership and full operations of the business. In 2015 steve with the sucsess of Downtown Pools and BBQ purchased his first Mini Cooper to join the elite owners club in the South Florida area.  The car has taken on the name of "Brown Bear" and you might see him driveing around town on most days.

 

Our Owner Joseph Ingrando - 33 Years in the Business

 Joe grew up in Hollywood and attended Chaminade High School before entering Florida Atlantic University where he graduated with a marketing degree.   He started his career in the pool industry in 1984 with Guardian Pools managing their store located just south of Broward Blvd on State Road 7 in Plantation.  He moved over to the Pinch-A-Penny in Hollywood in 1990 as their general Manager in charge of their two locations until 1992. Wanting a bigger challenge Joe started as the the sales manager for Atlantic Pump & Equipment in Miami where he was responsible for the sales staff providing supplies wholesale to local pool stores. He moved on in 1995 to open Florida Water Products, another wholsale distributor and was running two stores for them when he left in 2003 and started with Zodiac Pool Care as a sales representative. During this time he represented Baracuda automatic cleaners, Nature 2 mineral sanitizers and Clearwater Salt Chlorinators to pool stores in South Florida. After Zodiac merged with Polaris Pool Systems and Jandy Pool Products Joe headed up the national training program for Pinch A Penny and Leslie's Pool Supplies traveling the country and conducting sales seminars on Zodiac products for their store's staffs. Joe had known Steve as a customer of Zodiac/Jandy also as a friend and decided to join forces as a business partner in 2013 and take Downtown Pools to the next level with their combined experience. 

Our Repair Technician Ed Leonard - 21 Years in the Business

Ed grew up in the Live Oak area of Florida and went to Suwannee High School before he started working with his dad at Olympic Pools in Fort Lauderdale. Since those early days Ed has been growing his skills in the field and continuing his education by attending manufacturers courses on the newest technology available. As part of the Downtown Pools team Ed’s ability to locate the cause of a problem and think of a realistic solution to get the customer up and working is second to none. 

 

Our Service Manager

 

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Cary Hoffman Financial Advisor/ Office Manager - 25 Years in the Business  

Cary started in the pool industry in 1992 by buying a Pool Centers USA franchised store in Hollywood that was renamed shortly after opening to The Pool Depot. Cary sold the store in late 2003 and was out of the industry until late 2004 when he became involved as a partner in Downtown Pools prior to Steve’s purchase of the business. You can find Cary at the store on weekdays always smiling with his quick wit and New England sense of humor. He is also the person that introduced steve to the world of the mini cooper.

 

 

 

105 years of knowledge behind our door at your service 

 

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