Aqua Pool’s 50th Anniversary
2020 was a very special year for Aqua Pool because it marked our 50th year of continuous operation as the premier inground gunite pool builder in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Ron Giannamore bought a pool from Aqua Pool in 1970, the company’s first year of operation. Once the pool was completed, Ron decided to join the Aqua Pool team as a designer. Eventually, he became a partner and then 100-percent owner.
After growing up with the company, Ron’s son, Michael Giannamore, joined Aqua Pool full-time after earning a master’s degree in education. Ron is now retired and Michael is running the company with his sister, Debbie Madden, and the company’s long-time construction manager, Gregg Pruitt. We are excited to be building on the company’s foundation and take Aqua Pool into its next 50 years.
Key Dates In Aqua Pool’s History
1970: Aqua Pool & Patio Inc. is founded in East Windsor, CT. From the early days, the extended Giannamore family was involved in the business, helping with all aspects of the business, including stuffing envelopes!
1970: Debbie Madden, daughter of Ron Giannamore, joins the Aqua Pool team. She continues to work as a designer today!
1980: Greg Pruitt, current construction manager, joins Aqua Pool.
1996: Michael Giannamore, son of owner Ron Giannamore, joins Aqua Pool as Service Manager after working more informally throughout his life. At the time, the service department had 3 technicians. Today, the pool service side of the business has 19 technicians and 5 office staff members.
1998: Debbie Callender, current vice president of of Aqua Pool Service, joins Aqua Pool.
2004: Michael Giannamore, along with Gregg Pruitt, begin to take over more aspects of management from Ron Giannamore. Jason Guilmette, pool designer, also joined the Aqua Pool team this year.
2016: Michael Giannamore buys the service company outright and buys an ownership stake in the pool construction side of the business.
2018: Michael Giannamore purchased the remaining shares of the construction side of Aqua Pool.
A Family Affair
Carrying on the tradition from the company’s early days, members of the Giannamore family continue to be involved with the business. Michael Giannamore’s kids have both worked at the business during summers and school vacations. Michael Giannamore’s sister, Deb Madden, has been a big part of Aqua Pool’s design staff for more than 30 years and assists with hiring, training and improvements in that division. Michael Giannamore’s wife, Sabine, also helps with day-to-day operations and office work.
Below are some photos of the early pools that we designed and installed:
Visit our About Us page to learn more about the Aqua Pool team as it stands today and browse our online photo gallery of inground gunite pools to see the more modern pools we’ve installed more recently. Contact us below with any questions.
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