Episode 55: Alan Smith: How Hard Work and Discipline Transformed this Mixer Man into the Owner of the #1 Pool Renovation Company
In this episode, we interview Alan Smith of Alan Smith Pools. Alan’s Journey started in 1974 when he became a mixer man for De Mar Baron and after a short time, Alan was a foreman leading pool plastering crews at the age of 19. Alan and his wife Teresa started Alan Smith Pools in 1981 and have grown it to over 120 employees which have completed over 30,000 jobs. In 1989 after seeing a need for the pool plastering industry to adopt standards, he became one for the founding members of the National Plasterers Council. (NPC) He was also an integral part of getting the National Pool Industry Research Center funded and built.
Alan has never been afraid of hard work and has always put honesty and integrity first in his business. It was an honor for us to have him on the podcast since he has done so many great things for the industry and we want to thank Alan for coming to the studio to share his journey with us. You do not want to miss this episode, we promise you will be inspired once you hear his story!
Alan Smith Online
Cal Poly Research: http://bit.ly/CalPolyPWU
Northrise University: http://bit.ly/NorthrisePWU
1:14 Getting to know Alan
7:58 Alan Gets into the Industry
24:45 A Good Craftsman
30:55 Starting Alan Smith Pools
47:45 What Alan Smith Pools is Doing Today
51:45 Shortcuts in Building a Pool
1:06:50 Different Associations Alan is a part of
1:13:30 Working With Cal Poly to do Research
1:21:55 The Benefit of the Research Done
1:40:58 Northrise University in Zambia
1:53:51 Books to look into
Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power: http://bit.ly/TJArtofPowerPWU
Extreme Ownership: http://bit.ly/ExtremePWU
Lone Survivor: http://bit.ly/LoneSurvivorPWU
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