Meet the Staff

Scott Raze – CEO

From 2006, Scott has been a crucial member of ASP. After studying architecture and business administration at Cal Poly Pomona, Scott developed the skills and a passion for designing and creating beautiful spaces. He has brought 35 years of experience from owning his own business, which completed projects involving landscaping, masonry, concrete, new residential and commercial pool construction, custom home and commercial renovations, and more. Scott has a long list of credentials and experiences which include: former Orange County Sheriff, certified arborist, ICPI Certified Paver Installer, certified pest control operator, certified erosion control specialist, irrigation auditor, and former home inspector. Scott is also a Licensed General Building Contractor and General Engineering Contractor with A, B, C-27, C-16, and C-53 licenses. Scott has relished being a part of ASP’s transition from doing just plaster work to a company capable of performing any and all aspects of construction. Scott rides horses whenever he gets the chance.

danny-garzaDanny Garza – COO

Since 1999, Danny has been crucial to the operations of Alan Smith Pools. Before working at ASP, he dedicated four years to the US Marines, focusing on leadership training. Danny is proud to have been a part of ASP for so many years, working with the company from the ground up. He enjoys being able to grow with Alan Smith Pools as it has evolved. Danny spends time with his family and loves watching basketball and other sports.

 

 

jeff-smithJeff Smith – CMO

Jeff, son of Alan and Teresa Smith, began working at ASP full time in 2010 after completing his B.S. in Business Administration from Cal State San Bernardino. Jeff enjoys the challenge of growing the sales of the company and is proud to be a part of the family business his father and mother have built the past 40 years. Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children.

 

 

Operations:

Dario Lopez – Plaster Division Manager

Dario started working on the demolition crew when he was 21 and quickly rose up the ranks to become a foreman of the plaster crew and is currently the plaster division manager. Dario’s problem solving abilities and driving personality have earned the respect of his coworkers and customers. When he is not hard at work, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as target shooting.

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Mike Mayernick – Tile and Coping Division Manager

After owning his own company for 16 years, and with a total of 38 years of experience in tile and coping for residential and commercial projects, Mike joined ASP in 2010. Tapping into his many years of knowledge and experience, Mike helped to structure the tile and coping division to make it as streamlined and efficient as possible. He is happy working with such a trusting company and takes pride in his responsibilities. Mike realizes that jobs are at times challenging and constantly changing; and that every job, customer, and employee are all different. With this level of understanding, he is able to recognize the importance of approaching all project aspects individually and not as a one size fits all approach. He also spends time coaching an 18+ baseball league, participating in Kenpo Karate, golfing, and fishing.

 

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Patrick Jackson – Plumbing and Electrical Division Manager

Patrick started working with ASP in 2011, bringing over 20 years of plumbing and electrical experience with him, as well as years of educational training from Hayward and Pentair. He feels it is great to be a part of a team that is so knowledgeable on such a variety of different aspects in the industry. Additionally, Patrick feels proud to be able to accomplish projects from simple plaster work to building a new pool and spa on a third floor in a condominium complex (one of his latest projects). Patrick is happy to be given the opportunity to help build ASP to where it is today, and is excited to see where it is going tomorrow. He loves fishing with his sons, going to their baseball games, and general family fun.

 

 

Rick Specht – Service Department Manager

Prior to working with Alan Smith Pools, Rick has worked for pool builders and has owned a pool company himself. “I love the challenge and variety of working within the pool industry, as pools are often the focal point of entertaining. My experience ranges from cleaning pools, to running an excavator, to managing a large pool construction company.  I have also consulted for numerous pool builders. in managing several pool companies I have gained knowledge and experience which has included construction, remodel, service, repair, and leak detection.” He has many hobbies which includes riding mountain bikes (about 100-150 miles a week), riding dirt bikes in the desert, and camping. Rick also volunteers helping students with reading difficulties. He has trained and competed in martial arts tournaments. Rick’s goals include learning something new every week, and every day trying to make someone’s day better. Rick values his family and is married with one daughter who is serving overseas at this time, and has 2 dogs.

Ken Duval – Director of Project Management

Ken is experienced in all phases of construction, with over 38 years’ experience in the construction industry he comes from a background of being in a leadership role in management. Prior to working with Alan Smith Pools, he worked for a large nation wide builder. Working on projects for Disneyland, Kaiser, Microsoft, Target, and many more. Has been a general contractor specializing in custom homes and a construction division manager for a general contractor in the HOA industry. Ken brings to Alan Smith Pools his professionalism, drive, customer service, and seasoned experience in construction management. He is a native of southern California, a graduate from Santa Ana college and has a certificate in project management from UCI. Ken spends most of his free time with his family and pets. Loves the outdoors, beach, camping, projects at home or an occasional round of golf. Most passionate pastime would have be fishing every chance he gets.

Oscar Mendoza – Assistant Tile and Coping Manager

Oscar has been with the Alan Smith Pools team for over 7 years, he has prior experience in the tile industry for over 22 years. He always stays busy on and off the clock. In his planned free time he enjoys taking vacations in Mexico.

 

 

 

kevin-kostkaKevin Kostka – Commercial Division Manager

Kevin has been a part of the ASP team since 1995. Prior to working at ASP, Kevin earned his B.S. in Biological Studies from Biola University, which lead him to successfully start and manage his own pool service company for 11 years. From his previous education and work experience, Kevin has brought a great wealth of knowledge and insight regarding the specific needs of the pool service industry. Kevin is responsible for organizing and successfully maintaining a profitable commercial division. He feels this is incredibly important because it adds to the strength and diversification of ASP. He enjoys basketball and volunteering his time with the TLC Sober Living House.

 

michael-sickelsMichael Sickels – Sales Trainer & Pool Remodeling Designer

Mike has worked designing and selling pools for many years. He graduated with a degree in Industrial design and uses his drawing talents to hand draw his pool designs. Customers like dealing with Mike due to his honest, straight forward approach. They also appreciate the creative ideas he brings to the table.

 

 

 

Jonathan Cardenas – Permit Division Manager

Prior to working with Alan Smith Pools, Jonathan’s permitting experience was as a Senior Project Manager for a Commercial Sign company and a Senior Account Manager with one of the top Commercial Retail Permitting Firms in the United States. Jonathan’s focus is to develop the Permitting Division and its team members, while educating and assisting clients with the permitting and compliance process. Jonathan is dedicated family man, who enjoys mixed martial arts and riding dirt-bikes.

 

Tim Riley – Facilities Manager

Tim came to Alan Smith Pools 3 years ago, with 40 years of experience in high-rise construction. As the facilities manager, he performs general building maintenance for both the office and the warehouse. He also assists with vehicle repairs and material delivery. Whenever he has a chance, Tim enjoys spending time off-roading.

 

 

 

Dave Huiberts – General Manager

Dave has been an essential part of ASP since 1987. He has prior experience owning his own pool supply stores and working as an independent pool service technician. Dave deals with the daily challenges that arise, and successfully manages to make all the projects and everyone run cohesively. He enjoys gardening and spending time with his dogs and wife.

 

 

 

Commercial Sales:

Robin Kostka – Commercial Sales & Marketing

Due to the fast growth of the commercial division, she was recruited  by her husband, Kevin, to work full time in commercial sales & marketing where she quickly picked up the business. She enjoys taking on the challenges every day presents.

 

 

 

Kellen Sivcovich –  Commercial Sales Associate

Kellen attended Cal State Fullerton, earning a degree in accounting and geography. After graduating, he started his career working in the production department for a home improvement company.  He enjoys helping property managers and HOA communities with their pool projects. His current role allows him to use his analytical mind to solve unique problems that always that come up in  commercial projects. Kellen enjoys visiting national parks and playing golf including softball.

Residential Sales

Pool Construction, Remodeling and Outdoor Living

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Jason Stewart – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Jason brings many years of business and pool experience to Alan Smith Pools. He has a background in the restaurant industry where he successfully turned around underperforming franchises. Jason has worked as a service technician maintaining pools and repairing equipment.  Jason has a passion for the pool industry and loves getting to meet new people every day. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.

 

 

Chris Dimitrijevic – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Chris growing up started working in his father’s  masonry business for over 2 decades where he learned all aspects of construction.  He has worked in a variety of sales roles. Chris’ construction background and sales experience are a perfect fit for his current role. Chris really enjoys the design challenge that each property presents. He is grateful for the trust his clients put in him knowing that his ideas and input will be a part of their yard design for years to come. Chris enjoys gardening, watching soccer, and most importantly spending quality time with his family.

Derek Sabor – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Originally from New Hampshire, Derek has been living in southern CA since 2004. He has a degree in Architecture and practiced at the professional level for 13 years before turning his interest to Online Marketing and now Sales. He enjoys outdoor sales, the most of his previous occupations as every day brings interesting homes with dynamic people and unique challenges. Happily married with 3 kids he enjoys hosting parties, music, making beer, cooking difficult recipes with his wife, boating, and fishing on the CO River, and traveling.

Harriet Porter – Pool Remodeling Designer

Born and raised in the UK, Harriet came to the States over 30 years ago for 6 months and never went home!  Prior to joining Alan Smith Pools, Harriet had extensive sales leadership experience in the hospitality business. In her spare time Harriet spends time with family, enjoys snowboarding and beach time & loves to travel.

 

 

 

Geoff Guzynski – Pool Construction, Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer, 3D Design

Geoff has spent the last 15 years developing custom designs for residential customers.  Drawing on his Mechanical Engineering training, he uses modern 3D modeling programs to create immersive virtual environments.  Then his customers experience their new space before committing to the project.  He enjoys working with the Alan Smith Pools team because it’s easy for his customers to feel comfortable hiring a decades-old company with such a great reputation.  In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and of course, swimming laps in his backyard!

 

 

Herman Lempert – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Herman came to Alan Smith Pools after working in the pool remodeling industry for many years. He had always looked to Alan Smith Pools as the leader in the industry. Herman has over 30 years of sales experience. Herman loves people and is passionate about making sure his client’s needs are met.

 

 

 

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Bill DeLanoy – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Bill brings over 35 years of sales experience from the spa industry, solar industry, bathroom and kitchen sales and well as many other home improvement trades. Bill’s vast experience and knowledge enables him to guide his clients to the best solution and design for their pool renovation. Bill enjoys BBQ’ing and watching football in his free time.

 

 

 

Jeff Rhoads – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Jeff, who was born and raised in the Southern California attended Chapman University in Orange where he majored in Finance and Business Economics.  He married his college sweetheart Catherine; they have 3 children Sean, Justin, and Sydney who are all attending Universities at some level across the country.  They have one pet, “Dusty” a 14-year-old Maltese / Shit-Zhu who watches over them all. Jeff out of college managed at Islands restaurants where he got the idea that started his first business at age 24.  Not only has Jeff worked in sales but has enjoyed owning 3 different business throughout his career.  Jeff enjoys playing golf, boating, off roading, coaching and skiing in his limited but valuable free time.

 

Ryan Beck – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

After getting his B.S. in accounting and winning a competition for best business idea at Cal State Long Beach, he started his own startup technology company in 2012, Glydetech. He also worked  as a staff accountant during this time. He realized that he loved dealing with people and using his creativity which prompted him to make the move to sales. His favorite element of a pool project is the plumbing and equipment. Away from the office, Ryan spends time volunteering.

 

 

don-appleroseDon Applerose – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Prior to working with ASP, Don was a pool remodel sales representative for 7 years, and also spent 10 years selling electronic components. Don thoroughly enjoys working with customers and draws upon his personal experiences of being a homeowner with a pool in helping customers understand pool and backyard renovations. He also enjoys working with ASP because it is a family oriented company with a great atmosphere. Don is also a girls’ softball umpire, loves playing golf, and considers himself to be a sports fanatic.

 

 

Thomas Hermschulte – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

Thomas was born and raised in Germany where he received his degree in computer science. Thomas came to United States 13 years ago from to start his own jewelry business.  He has 20 years experience in various sales roles, most notably selling high end computer software to banks. His most recent venture was a bakery that he owned and operated. Thomas is appreciative to work for a family owned business whom have also helped Thomas transition into the pool industry . Thomas spends most of his free time with his family. He loves the ocean (a big reason he came to the U.S.), playing golf, tennis, and the guitar.

Gerardo Gutierrez – Pool Remodeling and Outdoor Living Designer

“G” Gerardo Gutierrez is a 20 year construction and property management professional. G is very excited and happy to be part of the Alan Smith Pools team. When he isn’t advising on pools, he loves spending time with his wife and 2 toddler boys, especially visiting San Diego at Lego land. G loves and volunteers locally as a basketball coach.

Project Management

Ray Cassey – Senior Project Manager

In 2010, Ray became a part of the ASP team following 21 years of working with large-scale swimming pool work. He especially enjoys working with a family oriented company and feels the work he does improves the quality of life for his customers. He also enjoys working with such a diverse staff, offering an abundant amount of knowledge as well as a great team environment, in which everyone learns from each other by sharing experiences. Additionally, Ray loves anything to do with sports, whether it’s watching, attending, or playing!

 

James Cawthorne – Project Manager

James grew up working for his father’s pool maintenance company at the age of 10. James was an All County basketball player for Villa Park High School and later got a scholarship to play at Cal State Dominguez where he received his Business Degree with a concentration in Finance. Prior to working as a designer at Alan Smith Pools, he worked for 5 years as a retail store manager. James enjoys the opportunity he has as a designer to step into backyards and help pull a design together. James was recently married and spends most of his time with his wife and Doberman.

CJ Aragon – Project Manager

CJ came to Alan Smith Pools with 18 years of experience in the pool service business. Before becoming a team member here, he owned his own pool service company. When on the job, CJ enjoys helping the customers achieve their remodeling goal. On his days off, you can find him playing golf or taking the role of a CIF basketball official.

Andrew Reed – Commercial Project Manager

Andrew was born and lived overseas for much of the early part of his life, including places like Ecuador and Nigeria. His first job took him to additional far-flung places around the globe. This world view helps Andrew connect with people of many different backgrounds and constantly reminds him of how lucky he is to live in beautiful Southern California. Leaving a marketing background behind, Andrew sought a job opportunity that allowed him to get outside more and enjoy his surroundings. As a Project Manager for the Commercial Division, Andrew gets to travel across Orange County, discovering new areas and managing pool projects for HOAs, hotels, and apartment complexes. Andrew resides in Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife and two daughters. He and his wife, Kim, also own The BrewHouse, a craft beer tasting room in San Juan Capistrano.

 

Zack Brannon – Project Manager

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Zack has been in the pool and spa industry since 2008. After managing his own service route in the Hamptons for several years, Zack moved to California with his high school sweetheart and in 2013 began specializing in hot tub installation and sales, eventually becoming a manager for a Jacuzzi dealer in San Diego. Zack is a dedicated father and husband, and enjoys spending his free time with his family, as well as card games, skateboarding, and is an avid dog lover.

 

Craig Holverson – Project Manager

Prior to joining Alan Smith Pools Craig has over 20 years experience as a Corporate Executive at a major Japanese company where he was the Director of Support Center Operations.  He has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology. He has also owned and operated his own pool service business. Craig enjoys playing the guitar and singing; he has performed at various open mic venues in South Orange County.

 

 

John Palmieri – Project Manager

When John graduated high school, he was drafted by Philadelphia Phillies and he played 5 years in the minor leagues. John has 16 years of new pool construction experience and has been working with Alan Smith Pools for over 2 years now. John has one son and one daughter and a lovely granddaughter. On his free time he enjoys playing sports and barbecuing. “I enjoy being around my family and going to the beach as well.”

Tim Ledbetter – Project Manager

Tim has recently joined the Alan Smith Pools project management team. Prior to working with Alan Smith Pools he ran his own pool service company. Tim owned and operated his company from 2011-2022 gaining experience in the pool industry for over 14 years. In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with his young son, “my son is everything to me, he is my world.” In his free time he will spend quality time with his boy and experience many activities in the outdoors.

Permits Team:

Jaime Ascencio – Permit Division Assistant

Jaime is a 6 year US Air Force Security Forces Veteran specializing in Law Enforcement. Jaime brings discipline, attention to detail, and his personable nature to the ASP Permitting Team. With a background in construction, Jaime is knowledgeable with inspection and compliance processes and provides critical updates to our Permitting and Operations Divisions. Jaime enjoys mixed martial arts, swing dancing, and spending time with family.

 

 

Paul Williams – Permit Division Assistant

Paul comes from a background in aerospace, where he worked alongside CAD drawers and engineers with blueprints to make help make parts for airplanes and  spaceships. Now working for Alan Smith Pools in the Permitting department those blueprints shifted over to pools. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with family and friends attending sporting events, loves to travel and is currently in school for computer science.

 

 

Anthony Ascencio – Permit Division Assistant

Prior to joining the Alan Smith Pools team, Anthony was a Wildlife Control & Prevention technician and a retail manager. He is motivated and ready to provide the best service where a team values customer satisfaction. As part of the ASP Permit Division, he strives to fulfill every customer’s needs to get their project permitted and ready to go. On his time off, Anthony enjoys spending time with family, sports, and travel.

 

 

 

Daniel Lopez – Permit Division Assistant

Prior to working at Alan Smith Pools, Daniel has worked in Aerospace which gave him mechanical experience and blueprint knowledge. With this experience Daniel has been an asset to the permits division. In Daniels free time he enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends. Some of Daniels fun activities on his free time is hiking, being outdoors, fishing, or swimming.

Office Personnel:

irma-curielIrma Curiel – Accounts Payable and Payroll

Bringing 30 years of accounting knowledge and experience, Irma started at ASP in 2013. Irma has been thrilled to be a part of ASP’s growth and transition period and proud to help streamline payroll systems. She places the upper most importance on the accuracy and quality of her payables. Irma loves cooking, dancing, watching singing and dancing shows, and being creative.

 

 

Catherine Hyland – Accounts Payable

Catherine joined the ASP team in 2013 after previously working as a Veterinary Technician’s assistant. She is proud that she is able to help customers solve any problems they may have, assisting to ensure that renovations are going smoothly. Catherine spends her free time with friends, exercises, and enjoys the movies.

douglas-hernandezDouglas Hernandez – Assistant Controller

Douglas has been with ASP since 2014, bringing with him 6 years of experience working with clients as a tax preparer. Douglas wants to make sure all of ASP’s clients are 100% satisfied with the work done for them and the level of communication. He likes being part of a team that values customer happiness so much, and where everyone wants to help the customer so no one gets left behind. Douglas enjoys hiking, running, camping, and generally being outside.

 

 

Bridgette Navarrete – Assistant Project Coordinator

Bridgette joined the Alan Smith Pools team in 2017. She is 22 years old and currently working on her degree. During her free time you can find her trying new foods, searching through bookstores for new books to read, or spending time with her two little nephews.

 

 

 

Alexis Valenzuela – Project Support

Alexis joined the Alan Smith Pools team during the summer of the pandemic. She is currently studying Business Management and attending a four year University for Business. Alexis strives to grow in the company and learn more about the the pool industry. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, friends, and bartending music events. Her goal is travel to Hawaii to surf, visit and see the Northern Lights, visit Spain, and more.

Service Department:

Chris Lujan – Leak Detection Specialist

Chris started off in the pool industry by digging trenches 16 years ago. He has experience in all aspects of the pool remodeling business, from plastering pools to managing projects. Before joining the Alan Smith Pools team, Chris owned his own leak detection company. He loves his job and the fact that each day brings along something different. He enjoys the outdoors and backpacking trips during his spare time.

 

 

Ken Rooker – Senior Service Technician

Prior to working at Alan Smith Pools, Ken acquired 15 years of experience in pool service, building and repair. At his previous job, he was a superintendent for commercial pools. His favorite aspect of a project is making sure the customer gets what they want. When Ken has a chance, he likes riding dirt bikes in the desert.

 

 

 

raymond-dennisRaymond Dennis – Initial Water Treatment Technician

After studying business, Raymond gained 23 years of commercial demolition experience before joining ASP in 2014. Raymond enjoys working in the fast-paced atmosphere at ASP because every job is a different challenge. He likes when customers are happy and satisfied with their finished product, and helping them get to that point. Raymond finds that teamwork, and being in a constantly learning environment, will help to broaden his scope of knowledge for future projects. In his spare time, Raymond motor races, off-road races, fishes, camps, and surfs.

Facilities Management:

Douglas Delgado – Fleet Mechanic

Douglas has been greatly servicing Alan Smith Pools for 15 years. He has a background of over 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering and has brought an abundance of knowledge on commercial and industrial truck repair. He loves playing the guitar, singing, dancing and playing soccer.

 

 

 

Angel Perez –  Facility Assistant

Prior to starting at Alan Smith Pools in 2016, Angel was an Aerospace machine operator for 3 years. As a team member of our facilities maintenance staff, he is always ready to lend a helping hand with warehouse management and mechanical assistance. On his time off, Angel enjoys watching sports and playing soccer.

 

 

 

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