Pedro joined the firm on day two of official operations in 2004 and continues to support us in the field with construction services and our Event Pool.
While Dave was Vice President Engineering at Polaris Pool Systems (now a part of Fluidra), Pedro worked under him within the facilities department, maintaining the building. The executive team at Polaris had known about Dave’s resignation for 4 months but the rest of the company had been kept in the dark about it – including Pedro – until the final two weeks.
On the first day of Dave’s absence (a Friday), Pedro abruptly, and without even discussing it with Dave, quit his job at Polaris and called Dave.
“Well, what do you want me to do?” Pedro asked.
“What do you mean?” I replied.
“I quit. I want to come and work for you.” Pedro explained.
It was a surprise as we had never even discussed employment but it’s in my nature to help people and I couldn’t say no. I’ve never regretted it.
“Uhhhhh. I wasn’t planning to hire anyone yet. But, come to my house Monday and I’ll get you started on our first construction project!”
Pedro has a great sense of humor and keeps me laughing.
One more funny thing about Pedro: his birthday is the same as my son’s and my birthday is the same as his son’s. Pedro’s son, Omar, has also worked for me for years!