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Let's Talk About Pools

The podcast introduces different topics within the aquatic pool industry that will entice listeners from pool service companies, apartment and maintenance technicians, community and property association managers, and parks and recreation professionals.Let's Jump Right In!!!


Let's Talk About Multi-Tork Pool Tools
In season 3 episode 54, I spoke with Tal Milican, owner of Multi-Tork Pool Tools. He lets pool pros know how his tools can help them with everyday tasks so that it is easier and hurts less. Pool pro turned inventor helping our pool pros. You don't want to miss this episode. Proves to very useful!!
39:45 4/12/24
Business Consulting with Michelle Kavanaugh
In Season 4 Episode 53, Lauren Broom spoke with Michelle Kavanaugh regarding business consulting and how she can help pool pros tackle one of the hardest things, running their business. We speak on so many topics that pool pros should think about. This is a must-listen episode if you are thinking of going out on your own to start your own pool business!!Podcast Guest:  Michelle Kavanaugh, Tools for the Trades, OwnerPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: https://www.getskimmer.comBlue RayXL:
33:26 2/29/24
Let's Talk About State of Pool Service 2024
In season 4 episode 52, Lauren Broom interviewed Niki Acosta and Jack Nelson of Skimmer about the report that they compiled from surveys and feedback from so many pool pros! We talk about business ideas and practices and awesome revelations in this episode!! You don't want to miss this one!Podcast Guests:Niki Acosta, SkimmerJack Nelson, SkimmerPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:  https://www.getskimmer.comBlue Ray XL:
43:13 2/8/24
Cyclone Filter Tools for Pool Pros
In season 4 , episode 51, host Lauren Broom interview Jordan Thiessen, owner of Cyclone Filter Tools, where he lets pool pros know about their new cartridge filter cleaner that makes it easier for pool pros to clean them!! Check out this episode to learn about yet another useful pool tool!!Podcast Guest:  Jordan Thiessen, Owner, Cyclone Filter ToolsPodcast Sponsors:Basecrete: https://www.basecreteusa.comBlueray XL:
19:42 12/27/23
Let's Talk Technology for Pool Builders
In season 3 episode 50, I interviewed Timothy Cocaro and Candice Bernstein with and how their technology can benefit pool builders in our industry. Take a listen and dive in with this episode to see what they have to offer to you!Podcast Guests:  Timothy Cocaro, CEO & Onwer                                       Candice Berstein, Business Development Exec.Podcast Sponsors:  Skimmer:  http://www.getskimmer.comBlue RayXL:
48:47 10/31/23
Let's Talk About Pool Shark H2O
In season 3 episode 49, I interviewd Scott Trafton, CEO of Pool Shark H2O, where we speak about technology that now can help public pool owners and operators to maintain their required chemical log in an electronic way that makes it better and more accessible to your health inspectors! Listen in and see how his software can make a difference at your facility and with your local health agency too!!Podcast Guest:Scott Trafton, CEO, Pool Shark H2OPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: http://www.getskimmer.comBlue Ray XL:
36:12 8/31/23
Let's Talk About Pool Magazine
In season 3 episode 48, Lauren Broom interviewed Joe Trusty, owner of Pool Magazine. Pool Magazine is a new publication available to the pool industry and its professionals. This magazine is for builders, service and even educators!! Check out this interview and then head on over to to read the publication and subscribe.Podcast Guest:Joe Trusty, Owner of Pool MagazinePodcast Episode Sponsors:Skimmer: http://www.getskimmer.comBasecrete:
25:49 6/29/23
Water Safety Month with Collin's Hope
In season 3 episode 47, just in time for the month of May and Water Safety Month, I interviewed Alyssa Magrum with Colin's Hope about water safety month and the importance of drowning safety awareness. This is an awesome episode for everyone to listen to since the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 is drowning. Please take this episode seriously and learn from it. Let's all also be safe this summer!Podcast Guest:Alyssa Magrum, Colin's HopePodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:  http://www.getskimmer.comBlue Ray XL:
77:34 5/30/23
What is Specialized Business Consulting?
Season 3 episode 46...I interviewed Derek Todd with Aquanut Academy to discuss what specialized business consulting is and how it can help pool professionals. Check out this episode to learn more, it may just help you with your business!Podcast Guest:Derek Todd, Aquanut AcademyPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: Pak:
69:02 4/19/23
Technology of the Pool World
In Season 3 episode 45, Lauren Broom, your host is giving the listeners a special roundtable episode with 4 awesome guests that speak about very unique technology that can be used in the pool industry. From helping with water testing, to route management or even drowning prevention technology, we got it all in this episode. Enjoy and jump right in!Podcast Guests:Kevin Embree, SkimmerRavi Kurani, SutroSai Reddy, CamereyeMark Caron, WAVE Drowning Detection SystemPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: Capital:
66:31 4/4/23
What is Surewater Technologies?
Season 3 episode 44, I interviewed Robert Burrows with Surewater Technologies.  This very unique chlorination system made for a great talk! Learn more about this different disinfection system for your large public pools!Podcast Guest: Robert Burrows, VP Sales & Marketing, Surewater TechnologiesPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: Ray XL:
32:47 3/6/23
Pool Loans with Viking Capital
In Season 3, Episode 43, I interviewed Greg Powell with Viking Capital. We spoke about what they have to offer to pool builders for financing loans to their customers. This exciting episode will benefit those that are building pools!! Listen in!!Podcast Guest:  Greg Powell, President, Viking CapitalPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:  http://www.getskimmer.comBlue Ray XL:
37:32 2/2/23
GPS Tracking & More for Pool Pros
In season 3 episode 42, I interviewed Jeff Alsop with GPS Trackit and it was a great conversation on GPS tracking and more that they have to offer to help pool pros with fleet management and how to save!! You do not want to miss this episode!! Definitely one of the interesting conversations I had on the podcast recently. I learned so much myself!!Podcast Guest:Jeff Alsop, Manager Solutions Architect, GPS TrackitPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:
41:47 12/26/22
What Does Pool Parts To Go Offer Pool Professionals?
In season 3, yes that right The Let's Talk  About Pools Podcast started their 3rd season! We are so excited to continue to bring more informative and exciting episodes to our pool professionals out there!  Episode 41 I spoke with Daniel Schonfeld with Pool Parts To Go and what their company has to offer to pool professionals across the country!! Listen in to learn more!!Podcast Guest:  Daniel Schonfeld, Owner & CEOPool Parts To GoPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:  http://www.getskimmer.comViking Capital:
31:47 12/7/22
Let's Talk About Basecrete!
In season 2 episode 40, Host Lauren Broom interviewed owner Vito Mariano of Basecrete about concrete pools. Detailed discussion on waterproofing using Basecrete and suspended pools based on Vito's extensive knowledge on this subject matters more than anyone else in the pool industry!!Also in this episode learn about how to donate to the Basecrete/Danilo Bonazza Art & Mosaics Hurricane Ian Fundraiser at www.basecretecares.comSpace Coast Pool School is donating a portion of every CPO student to this fundraiser. Please join us to help the pool professionals in SW Florida! Podcast Guest:Vito Mariano, owner BasecretePodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:
27:11 11/12/22
Water Chemistry & Water Testing
In season 2, episode 39, Lauren Broom interviewed Wayne Ivusich regarding water chemistry and proper water testing procedures. He gives great insight in how important these topics are to pool service professionals. This is a must listen to episode for all pool service professionals!!Podcast Guest:Wayne Ivusich, PHTA CPO InstructorPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: Capital:
37:18 9/26/22
Let's Talk About Pool Stains
In season 2 episode 38: Lauren Broom interviewed Joel Gray of Jack's Magic and we had a conversation about pool stain identification and how to treat pool stains. This episode is for you if want want to know how to manage pool stains!!Podcast Guest:Joel Gray. Regional Sales ManagerJack's MagicPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: Parts To Go:
61:56 8/30/22
Let's Talk UV Disinfection
In season 2 Episode 37, Lauren Broom hosts a podcast on UV disinfection with guest John Psaroudis with Aquionics. This is an awesome way to add secondary disinfection to any aquatic venue, pool or spa. Listen in about advantages of this type of disinfection, but also other things to think about before choosing this type of disinfection.Podcast Guest:  John Psaroudis, AquionicsPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:
26:44 7/22/22
Let's Talk About Crypto & Legionella
In season 2, episode 36, Lauren Broom interviewed Michelle Hlavsa and Chris Edens of the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) regarding recreational water illnesses(RWI's) Cryptosporidium(Crypto) and Legionella. If you love learning about public health, recreational water illnesses or just how to maintain your aquatic venue so that you can reduce the chance of an outbreak then this is the episode for you! People can get sick from the Butt Water! Learn how to maintain it as a pool operator in a safe and healthy condition. Learn from the public health experts themselves!Podcast Guests:Michelle Hlavsa, Chief of CDC Healthy Swimming Pool Program  Chris Edens, Epidemiologist of CDC Legionella section  Podcast Sponsors:Skimmer: http://www.getskimmer.comRayPak:
77:19 7/6/22
Proper Pool Startups With NPC
In Season 2, episode 35, Lauren Broom interviewed Ken Westfall of National Plaster's Council regarding proper startup water chemistry and procedures for new plaster on pools. This is an awesome episode for those that are doing new startups from pool builders to gain new customers. This episode is even awesome for pool professionals who have been in the industry a long time. Listen In!Podcast Guest:  Ken Westfall, Technical Director, National Plaster's CouncilPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:http://www.getskimmer.comPool Parts to Go:
78:53 6/17/22
Employment Roundtable
In season 2, episode 34, Lauren interviewed guests from both sides of the aquatics industry regarding the current employment situation and how it is affecting the pool industry. The effects are discussed from a guest from the parks and recreations aquatic industry and another guest from the pool service industry. Some of the effects have been the same and some are different depending on the side of industry you are in. We discussed how they are trying to handle this current and emerging situation that our current economy has created. Listen in and jump right in!Podcast Guests:Julie Sevilla, Aquatics Director, David Posnack JCCGary Heath, Owner of The Pool DoctorsPodcast Sponsors:Basecrete: RayXL:
45:46 5/16/22
Female Pool Professionals
In season 2 episode 33, Lauren Broom spoke with four strong female pool professionals. They spoke about the positives and hardships of being a female in the pool industry. They encourage all of us to continue to professionalize our industry for all professionals!!Podcast Guests:Andrea Nannini, Owner at  Hibiscus PoolsJules Johnson, Operations Manager/Coordinator at  Mission Pool & SuppliesKristen Melo, Owner at Preserve PoolsHeather Linton, Owner at Swim CarefreePodcast Sponsors:Basecrete: RayXL:
43:41 5/1/22
Tools of the Modern Pool Professional
In season 2, episode 32, Lauren Broom interviewed a roundtable of unique individuals on the pool tools that the modern  pool professional can utilize for their jobs. Listen  to this  episode, you do not want to miss this one!!Podcast Guests:Kevin Embree with SkimmerMatt Lopez, Riptide Pool VacuumJoseph DiAnna Sr. & Joseph DiAnna Jr. , Primate Pool ToolsEric & Jenel Resh, Piranha Pool ProductsPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer: Pool Tools:
78:58 4/11/22
Let's Talk About Salt Chlorine Generators
In season 2, episode 31, Lauren Broom, host, interviewed Sean Assam with AquaCal on salf chlorine generators. Listen in to this episode if you really want to learn about this topic from someone like Sean that I have found to be the most knowledgeable on this topic. He is often the one teaching in Florida at pool trade shows on this topic. He makes understanding it so easy!! Listen in to learn more!! You won't regret it!!Podcast Guest:Sean Assam, National Accounts and Commercial Products Manager at AquaCal AutoPilot Inc.Podcast Sponsors:Skimmer: XL:
46:35 3/23/22
Let's Talk About PoolRX
In season 2, episode 30, I spoke with Fred Schweer, VP of Sales, Pool RX.  We spoke about this game changer for the pool industry using minerals to prevent algae in the pool water. The "Less is More Approach" when it comes to saving the "working power" of the chlorine in your pool. PoolRx Worldwide, Inc. is a privately held company located in San Clemente California, and has been in business since 1994. They manufacture PoolRx+, an EPA Registered, NSF 50 Certified Algaecide, that eliminates and prevents ALL Algae, Reduces Chemicals and Lasts up to 6 months.  Fred Schweer is the Vice President of Sales, leading all Sales, Support and Marketing efforts.  Fred has been with PoolRx going on 12 years.   For more information go to; call 1-800-3-PoolRx or for a faster response email; Come see them at the Everything under the Sun at Booth 927 in Orlando, FL on March 4-5, 2022.Podcast Sponsors:Skimmer:  http://www.getskimmer.comBasecrete:    
34:21 2/25/22
Let's Talk About Riptide Pool Vacuum
In Episode 29:  Lauren Broom interviewed representatives of Riptide Pool Vacuum, some of the Modern Pools Tools of Pool Professionals!! It was an awesome conversation about this very important tool for pool professionals. If you are new, learn more about it or if experienced learn about some new upcoming things with this great piece of technology that helps all pool techs!Podcast Guests:Dave Sargent, PresidentMatt Lopez, Vice PresidentPodcast Sponsors:Skimmer:
35:26 2/23/22
How Pool Services Techs Can Learn to Protect Themselves
Season 2, Episode 28 Laure Broom interviewd Ray Arouesty, on how pool service techs can learn to protect themselves and others in the pool area. His extensive experience makes this episode a must listen for all pool services professionals. Ray Arouesty:President of Arrow Insurance Service, Inc. and is the exclusive insurance broker for the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) and The Swimming Pool Association of Hawaii (SPAH). He has been involved in over 2000 swimming pool related insurance claims since 1982.Ray holds a Master of Science degree from Purdue University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1990 and his legal practice today is limited to members of the swimming pool industry. In 1999 Ray became a licensed swimming pool repair contractor in California and he is water chemistry certified by IPSSA. In 2000, Pool Industry Expo awarded him the Doug Tanner Award for his lifetime contributions to the swimming pool industry. He is a founder of the IPSSA Scholarship Fund, which provides educational grants to self-employed service technicians.For over three decades, Ray has been a frequent lecturer to the pool service industry. He has presented seminars at the APSP International Pool Show, the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show, The Orlando Pool Show, The Texas Public Pool Conference, sponsored by the City of College Station, Texas, The Annual Western Pool & Spa Show in Long Beach California, The Desert Pool Show in Phoenix, Arizona, the Southwest Pool Show and Pool Industry Expo in Monterey, California. His seminars focus on the legal and insurance issues facing pool service technicians and he offers practical advice to the pool industry on identifying and reducing risk.Podcast Sponsors:Skimmer:
48:23 1/31/22
Wave Drowning Detection System
In the first episode of the second season, Lauren interviews the Mark Caron and Dave Cutler, both co-founders of the Wave Drowning Detection System. The journey began after a tragedy occurred at a town park where one of the cofounders lived. A nine-year old boy drowned despite five lifeguards and six camp counselors watching the water that day. After learning that drowning is all too common and that most are preventable, cofounders Mark Caron and Dave Cutler assembled a dedicated team of water safety experts, aquatic professionals, engineers and designers and set out to create a reliable, simple to use, and affordable drowning detection system. The result of their collective efforts is WAVE, and it will change aquatic safety forever.Podcast Guests:Mark Caron, Co-Founder & CEODave Cutler, Co-Founder & Chief Product OfficerPodcast Spsonsors:Skimmer:
50:57 1/7/22
Waterproofing of Elevated Pools/Maintenance of Community Managed Pools
In the last episode of season 1, and the last episode of episode 26, this is a special roundtable episode regarding waterproofing of elevated(suspended) pools and also maintenance and care that should be taken towards community managed pools in regards to health and safety. Be sure not to miss this exciting episode. Everyone from community association managers, pool techs and property managers will learn a lot on this one!!Podcast Guests:Betsy Barbieux, owner of Florida CAM Schools, LLCVito Mariano, owner of BasecreteMark Kramer, President of Vigilant ServicesPodcast Sponsors:Basecrete:
56:19 12/30/21
Pool Fencing as Layer of Protection
In episode 25, Lauren interviews Eric Lupton, President of Lifesaver Pool Fence about how pool fencing as a layer of protection can help in drowning prevention. This is definitely another great episode in the drowning prevention series that you do not want to miss. Podcast Guest:Eric LuptonPresident of Life Saver Pool Fence. He began his career at Life Saver Pool Fence in 1997 and has grown it to its current status as one of the largest pool fence companies in the world and one of the few recognized by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely Campaign. Life Saver offers removable mesh pool safety fencing that’s both almost completely (87%) transparent and yet surprisingly strong, with each pole withstanding over 100 pounds of force. It’s been proven for over 80 years to be the most effective way to keep children from accessing the pool.  Podcast Sponsors:Skimmer:
33:59 12/17/21