About Pools By John Clarkson

The Pools By John Clarkson Story

Since the 1950’s, the Clarkson Family has been a leader in Jacksonville’s pool industry. John began working in the family business during the1960’s, and advanced to run the family business through the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Due to a difference in philosophy, John founded Pools by John Clarkson (PBJC) in 1989 to focus on innovative products, design, and more complex projects.



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Meet the Team

Joel Hartman – Sales


Michael Manley – Commercial Pools & Water Features


Kyle Kempton – Sales

Dexter Carter – Outdoor Living

Jeff Hocker – Sales


Kaylee Werling – Designer


Jordan (JR) Rothman – Sales


Debbi Werling – Customer Relations Manager


Karli Lordahl – Pool Care


Sam Du Toit – Accounting


Eric Jent – Project Manager


Jonny Carpenter – Project Manager


Vanessa Greene – Pool Care


Chris White – Lead Technician


Lawrence Rahim – Permitting & PBJC Legend


Mark Gardner – PBJC Legend


Our Mascots

If you’ve ever visited our facilities in Jacksonville, 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.


You may click here to see Wrigley on TV, if you’re so inclined.


Aqua Tech/United Aqua Group

PBJC is An Aquatech Builder and proud member of United Aqua Group – a collaboration of pool professionals from across the country who work together to share their knowledge and talents for common good.


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 Aquatech.


PBJC continues to play an active role in this organization. During the annual convention in January of 2008, John Clarkson was elected to UAG’s Board of Directors. In addition, Jordan Clarkson has served on the Management Action Committee since 2005, as a volunteer to help the Board of Directors and Corporate Staff.


More info at: unitedaquagroup.com


FSPA (The Florida Swimming Pool Association)

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.


John and Jordan have both 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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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.