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Our Team

Our Team

With years of experience in the the pool industry, our team brings exceptional knowledge and expertise to every custom pool project.
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Management Team

Sam Pizzo

Founder – Managing Partner

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Sam founded Avree Custom Pools after spending many years in the residential and commercial pool building industries. Having sold and built hundreds of pools, Sam had a vision for how he could improve his client’s experience and build a better pool. Avree Custom Pools was born. Sam’s vast construction and sales knowledge make him an excellent leader and mentor to the entire team. He likes to get to know our clients personally and takes great pride in the feedback, positive and negative, he receives from our clients to continuously improve and make Avree Custom Pools a great company. Of course, Sam is also one of our Certified Builder Professional (CBP) by the Pool & Hot Tub Association (PHTA).

Bill Zupon

Managing Partner

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Bill comes to Avree after a long career in the industrial automation engineering and real estate industries. Bill brings a wealth of systems development and operational strategy implementation knowledge to the Avree team. Being a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), his passion for developing processes and procedures for both project execution and company operations ensures the Avree team will always strive to find better and more positive ways to enhance our working environment and our client’s Avree experience.

Design Team

Walker Draeger

Staff Designer

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Walker believes that hard work, creativity, and consistency are three of the most valuable professional standards a designer can have. Walker has a tremendous ability to turn his client’s vision into amazing backyard designs. He has recently completed Genesis’ Master Designer Methods and Dale Carnegie Sales Training to further improve his client’s experience. His outstanding communication skills coupled with his eye for design and knowledge of pool construction make him a valued part of our clients Avree Custom Pools experience.

Roy Murphy

Staff Designer

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Roy began his career in the swimming pool industry in 1979 after serving his country in the United States Airforce. Roy has extensive experience in all facets of the pool design and sales. He has held multiple roles in throughout his career, including designer, sales manager, and sales trainer. With over 1400 pools designed and sold; Roy continues to create amazing designs for our clients here at Avree.

Aaron Heard

Operations Assistant/Staff Designer

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Aaron is a staff designer with us and has many years of sales experience. He originally came to Avree Custom Pools to assist the operations team with the implementation of our client and project management software. Soon after, he found his interest in pool design and sales. Having recently completed the Genesis’ Master Designer Methods and Dale Carnegie Sales Training, Aaron continues to bring value to his client’s experience. While he still plays an important role keeping the operations running smoothly, he has since transitioned to staff designer where he now transforms client’s visions into reality.

Construction Team

Jared Bellar

Construction Manager

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Having grown up in the pool industry, Jared has expert hands on knowledge of pool design, engineering, and best practice construction techniques. He has personally managed 100’s of projects, making him one of the most experienced pool construction professionals in the industry today. In addition to his hands on experience, he also holds several professional certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt by the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC), Certified Builder Professional (CBP) by the Pool & Hot Tub Association (PHTA).

Mike Ancherani

Project Manager

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Mike is a current project manager on our team. Prior to joining the Avree team, Mike was employed as a project manager and industrial electrician for many years. He currently holds a Journeyman certificate by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and is pursuing his Texas Master Electrical License. Mike is also a Certified Builder Professional (CBP) by the Pool & Hot Tub Association (PHTA).

Mark Wagner

Project Manager

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Mark is employed as a project manager here at Avree. Mark’s construction experience dates back over 20 years. Over those years, he has been employed in a variety of construction industry related roles and responsibilities. Mark is well known for his exceptional tile installation abilities. Mark is also a Certified Builder Professional (CBP) by the Pool & Hot Tub Association (PHTA).

Martin Lopez

Project Manager

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Martin is part of the Avree project management team, and a veteran of the pool industry. Prior to coming to Avree, Martin was employed for many years as a pool construction project manager and has successfully managed countless pool construction projects over the last few years. In addition to vast construction knowledge and attention to detail, he has excellent communication skills, and is Spanish speaking bi-lingual.

Brandon Sawyer

Assistant Project Manager

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Brandon is part of our construction team. Working directly with all the project managers, Brandon takes great pride in his ability to assist the project managers and perform a variety of tasks that ultimately contribute to getting our projects completed successfully.

Support Staff

Deanna Keefer

Administrative Assistant

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Deanna started her career at Avree after many years as a schoolteacher. She holds a master’s degree in Education Administration, but her real passion is for design and organization. Using her excellent interpersonal and communication skills, she assists our client through the pool build experience. From first contact, to assisting with material selections, and throughout the entire construction process, Deanna is always there to help enhance our client’s Avree experience.

Our Reviews

What People Are Saying About Our Work

"I’m so thankful I went with the guys at Avree Custom Pools, from design to soaking in the spa was a great experience and I recommend them to anyone looking for a custom pool. It was like any construction at your house everything didn’t go perfect but mike & mark my project managers were on top of everything keeping quality up and kept me informed. This was a big purchase for us and we couldn’t be happier with finished product and choosing Avree. Thanks guys!!! You rock!!!"

- Sara Sawyer | Google Review

"Sam and Aaron made accommodations to meet with us as soon as we reached out. Aaron our initial project manager has been excellent with communication and making sure we have our concerns met. Mike and Mark our pool/project managers are extremely professional and make sure our project is going according to what we had planned. Charlie our outdoor kitchen project manager and his crew have been amazing. And lastly all crew members from making the initial dig, poured concrete, to cleanup all have been respectful and nice. We can’t wait to have our back yard ready to enjoy."

- Jeanette Munoz | Google Review

"We are finishing up our custom pool build with Avree Custom Pools and the pool is better than we could have imagined. The entire design process was smooth and Walker was patient with our endless questions. Mike and Mark (project managers) kept in contact with us about the build process, were available to answer questions and on our job site frequently to monitor progress. We would highly recommend Avree for your pool build!"

- Sara Konesheck | ACP Review

"First time constructing a pool. Avree Pools, super professional, on time, responsive, etc..
Extremely happy with the end results. Any problems/issues that came up, Avree was there to respond and correct. I highly recommend the Avree Custom Pools and their team!"

- Matt Fitzpatrick | ACP Review

"I worked with Aaron, Mike and Mark. All 3 were helpful and responsive throughout the entire process. They addressed all of my questions and concerns as they came up. My kids are loving the pool and were so happy to have some warm weather in December to try it out already."

- Michelle Phillips | ACP Review

"We built a new pool. It was an easy experience and Sam and his team were professional and always available to answer questions. Challenges were met with discussion and open communication. I highly recommend them."

- Cindy Rothermel | ACP Review

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