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How This Pool Service Business Grew 9x in Under 5 Years

How did this ambitious entrepreneur create the fastest-growing pool company in the United States? Discover the change that made all the difference.

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35 Employees

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15 Years Old

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Austin, Texas

Back in 2013, Hal Denbar had big dreams for his pool service business. By bringing on more employees, he could step back from field work and focus on growing the business.

But Hal was managing day-to-day work with pen and paper. He knew this method wouldn’t work with more employees communicating important details about more jobs.

After doing his research, Hal found the answer to successfully scaling his business—and he’s sharing his experience to help your business do the same. Here’s how he did it.

After adding Jobber to the business in 2014, Patriot Pool and Spa:

  • Grew from 4 people to 35 in less than 5 years
  • Improved customer service by reducing 10 points of content down to one
  • Saved an entire day’s worth of admin time every week
  • Made the Inc. 5000 list for fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

READ MORE: Start your own successful pool service business

Preparing for growth

After finishing university, Hal Denbar opened Patriot Pool and Spa in 2006, running it on pen and paper until 2013.

“I started thinking about how to do it faster, better, and stronger if my business was going to develop the way I wanted it to.”

—Hal Denbar

Hal knew Patriot Pool was ready to expand into swimming pool repairs, reach new clients, and bring on more workers to handle the larger workload. But first, he had to prepare for growth.

In 2014, he made three big decisions that transformed his business forever:

  • Hiring experienced pool service technicians
  • Starting to remove himself from the field
  • Finding pool service software to manage client records and his growing team

“Immediately it was clear that Jobber was going to be a good fit. It hit so many levels. One person sends something to Jobber, and everyone knows about it.”

—Hal Denbar

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Hal Denbar, CEO of Patriot Pool

Managing clients

If you ask Hal, Patriot Pool is a customer service company that happens to clean pools. That’s why he was determined to find a pool service CRM that would help him provide great service at a larger scale.

When Hal started using Jobber, he saw where the business could have gone off track.

The team could have forgotten details like locking the gate, minding the dog, moving the lawn furniture, or recording repair parts for specific client properties.

These are details that matter to the client and affect the quality of the job. And for a pool service company that prides itself on customer service, they’re critical details for everyone to know.

“Having the amount of customer info we have available because of Jobber shows me how many balls we could have dropped over the past five years.”

—Hal Denbar

With Jobber’s customer relationship management (CRM) software, Hal’s growing team can access reliable job details and client information in a single place.

Roy from Patriot Pool cleaning a swimming pool

Running the day-to-day

One of Hal’s new hires was Nathan White, Patriot Pool’s repair manager. Nathan runs the day-to-day for the pool repair side of the business—and he runs that with Jobber, too.

Having pool repair software makes it easy for Nathan to schedule and dispatch his technicians, send quotes and invoices out in the field, and use photos to help clients troubleshoot problems.

“Techs on site take pictures, take notes, and put them in jobs. So if a customer calls in and asks a question, I can pull up a job, understand exactly what they are talking about, and easily give them directions.”

—Nathan White

Jobber also saves Hal and Nathan at least one to two hours a day, five days a week. That adds up to an entire day of admin time every week that can now be spent growing the business.

READ MORE: Get tips on running your business from other pool service experts

Nathan White, repair manager at Patriot Pool
Nathan White, Repair Manager at Patriot Pool

Growing by leaps and bounds

Today, Patriot Pool has more than 35 employees. Half the business is now dedicated to pool service and maintenance, while the other half provides swimming pool repair.

Patriot Pool made the Inc. 5000 list multiple times and was named the fastest-growing pool company in the U.S. Hal was also named one of PoolPro’s 30 Under 40.

These days, it’s hard for Hal to imagine the business without Jobber. In fact, when he found old paper invoices during spring cleaning, he couldn’t believe how far the business had come.

“Jobber was part of the reason why we were able to grow from three to 35 in less than five years. It’s been a missing puzzle piece that allowed our growth to happen.”

—Hal Denbar

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Originally published March 2019. Last updated July 15, 2021.

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