About Pools By John Clarkson

The Pools by John Clarkson Story

Since the 1950’s, John Clarkson has been a leader in Jacksonville’s pool industry. John began working in the family pool business in the 1960’s, and advanced to run the business through the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1989, John founded Pools by John Clarkson to create a pool company focused on innovative products, custom designs, and more complex projects.

During the 1990’s, John attended the first Genesis 3 design school. These classes emphasized using proper design principals to create unique pools vs. building standard “cookie-cutters;” as well as an increased focus on hydraulics, innovative options, and high-quality materials. Pools by John Clarkson continues to advance this philosophy through educational classes that our Design Consultants and other team members attend each year.


One of the many milestones for Pools by John Clarkson was joining Aquatech, now United Aqua Group (UAG), in 1996. Being a member of UAG allows Pools By John Clarkson to interact directly with equipment and material manufacturers. This gives us better access and control over the products we use in our pools versus the typical pool builder who only works with distributors. In addition, being a part of a network of pool professionals from across the country creates an opportunity to learn from each other and attend educational symposiums, which helps us continuously improve. Pools by John Clarkson has been honored to serve in many roles within this large organization, including John’s time as an elected UAG board member.


In 2010, with an increase focus on life-long relationships with our clients, Pools by John Clarkson created PoolCare, a full-time service department. Along with a commitment to aesthetic functionality and high-quality materials, Pools by John Clarkson can now design, build, maintain, service, and renovate our family of pools, which now totals over 3,000 new pools in Northeast Florida!

PBJC Family – Pools by John Clarkson

Pools by John Clarkson recognizes the important role that charitable, nonprofit organizations play in the communities where we live and work. Therefore, we have established PBJC Family as a way to guide the organization’s giving to support good causes and to provide assistance to help improve the lives of employees, their families, and deserving groups within our community. 


Establish the PBJC Family Giving program that creates a mechanism for Pools by John Clarkson to support the deserving causes that are directly related to our employees, their families, and the local communities we serve. 


Aqua Tech/United Aqua Group

PBJC is a proud member of United Aqua Group (UAG) – one of the nation’s largest organizations dedicated to the professional pool building and retail industry. The group is member-owned and is comprised of individually operated business owners that have been selectively qualified and are committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, quality and service in the industry. Because members come from markets throughout the country, they are able to share their experiences, best practices, and new concepts to improve the skills and capabilities of the entire group.

The exclusive United Aqua Group will accept no pool builder other than those that meet their strict standards for quality construction, business ethics, and financial strength. Less than 1% of all pool builders in America have been approved to join the ranks of United Aqua Group.

Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA)

The Florida Swimming Pool Association serves as the coordinating organization for swimming pool builders and other pool industry professionals who have committed to abide by the FSPA membership code of ethics.

In addition, the FSPA provides government relations representation on behalf of its members to the Florida Building Commission and the Construction Industry Licensing Board as well as other legislative bodies that regulate the swimming pool industry in Florida (such as the Department of Health).

The Association provides educational courses for industry professionals, produces an annual industry trade show, and acts as a consumer resource for finding reliable professionals in the swimming pool industry.

Pools by John Clarkson has volunteered in state and local chapters in a number of ways including:

  • Board member
  • Officer
  • Scholarship committee
  • Arbitration committee
  • Technical Advisory Committee for state building commission – Responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding state building codes.
  • Construction Trades Qualifying & Licensing board member – Appointed by multiple governors and mayors in Jacksonville.
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FSPA Membership Code of Ethics

Believing that honesty and integrity, high ideals and concern for the welfare of the pool industry and the public we serve are both desirable and necessary, and in a sincere effort to promote the mission of the Association, members of the FSPA pledge themselves to:


  • Keep honesty as our guiding business policy.
  • Comply with the spirit and letter of business contracts, existing laws and codes, and manage employees, subcontractors and suppliers with fairness and honor.
  • Provide fair and expeditious response to claims covered under warranty.
  • Work for the benefit of the consumer through the use of quality materials and construction practices backed by integrity and service.
  • Keep informed regarding public policies and other essential information which may affect our business interests and those of the pool industry as a whole by attending the minimum number of association meetings as prescribed by my local Chapter.
  • Promote the concepts of free enterprise and service to the public and the industry.
  • Make all advertising and sales promotion factually accurate, use only competent testimonials, avoid those practices which tend to mislead or deceive the customer, and refrain from false or misleading criticism of competitors.
  • Support and abide by the decisions of the Association in promoting and enforcing the Code of Ethics and cooperate with any investigation related to such enforcement.


More information at: floridapoolpro.com.



International Awards of Excellence

Formally known as APSP, the PHTA International Awards of Excellence honors members whose pools, spas and water features represent some of the best designs in the industry.

NSPI Hall of Fame

In 1998, John Clarkson was elected into the NSPI Hall of Fame for service at the Local, State and National levels of the organization.

Top 50 Builders

Each year the Pool & Spa News magazine researches all the major pool and spa builders in North America based on criteria such as longevity, customer satisfaction, quality ratings, awards, etc. and compile a list of the Top 50 Builders in the pool and spa industry. We are privileged and proud to have been selected as a Top 50 Builder multiple times.

Best of Houzz

Every year, the Houzz community selects professionals for Best of Houzz in the categories of Design and Customer Service. The prestigious award highlights the top-rated home improvement professionals and the most popular home designs, Pools and spas. We are privileged and proud to be on the lists of award winners for multiple years.

More info at: houzz.com

Best of UAG

United Aqua Group is one of the nation’s largest organizations dedicated to the professional pool building and retail industry. United Aqua Group manages and operates AquatechAquacommercial and AquaValue, which remain the trusted brands for residential and commercial pool design and construction. Today United Aqua Group is widely recognized as the most prestigious and comprehensive professional member organization in the pool building and retail industry.

Every year at the annual conference, UAG hosts the Awards of Distinction. The Awards of Distinction is a time honored, members-only competition that recognizes the hard work, dedication and many achievements of the members throughout the year. We are proud that we have won many awards of distinction in residential, remodel, and commercial pool design and construction. Our top honors include the coveted Aqua Master award multiple times, The Best of Show in 2011, and the Zodiac Pool of the year in 2014.

Meet the Sales Team

Joel Hartman – Residential Pools
Jeff Hocker – Residential Pools
Russ Bourque – Residential Pools
Shannon Phifer – Residential Pools & Renovation/Remodel
Dex Carter – Outdoor Living
Kyle Kempton – Residential Pools
JR (Jordan) Rothman – Residential Pools
Erich Negaard – Renovation/Remodel
Michael Manley – Commercial Pools & Water Features
Kaylee Phillips – Designer

Meet the Customer Service Team

Annette Clark
Debbi Werling

Meet the Operations Team

Edmund Meyers
Jonny Carpenter
Morgan Vines
Anthony Declementi
Darren Coates
Don Huffer – Commercial
Jim Gray
Emily Simmons

Meet the PoolCare Team

Vanessa Greene
Chris White – Service Technician
Karli Lordhal

Meet the Legends of PBJC

Mark Gardner – Construction Manager
Lawrence Rahim – Permitting

Our Mascots

If you’ve ever visited our office, then you have most certainly met our beloved chocolate Labrador mascot, Wrigley, and his brother, Jack Murphy.

Wrigley is actually now a famous TV celebrity. He was the star of an edition of “Animal Attraction” on PBS!

  • Wrigley Clarkson

    Wrigley Clarkson – Official Greeter
    2004 – 2019

  • Jack Murphy Clarkson

    Jack Murphy Clarkson – Head of Security 2008 – 2018