Premier Pools & Spas, the nation’s #1 swimming pool builder, is proud to announce our expansion into the Knoxsville, TN and Savannah, GA metropolitan areas. President of Premier Franchise Management, Aaron Gurley, has chosen Nate and Rachel Hodges to be the owner of the Knoxville office, and Keith and Susie Waldrup to be the owners of the St. Louis South, MO office.

Knoxville, TN | Owner: Nate and Rachel Hodges

Nate and Rachel Hodges have been married for 17 yrs and have 2 children.  They own and operate a successful FOX Sports Knoxville- Fanrun Radio, a broadcast and digital leader in Knoxville and across Vol Nation. Once two local shows are now fifteen hours of local programming each weekday. They are FOX Sports Radio affiliate, exclusive home for NFL Primetime Football, and voted “The Best Radio Personality” in Knoxville.

Nate has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. As a teacher and basketball coach at Bearden High School, he was named Coach of the Year for East Tennessee and led the team to District and Regional Championships. Rachel has her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee as well as her Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification through the ANCC. Currently, she is working to complete her Fellowship in Functional and Nutritional Medicine.

Nate and Rachel discovered Premier Pools & Spas when looking to build their own pool, and were blown away by the attention to detail, company culture, and character of this organization. They wanted to be a part of it all, so they joined the team and now own their own franchise.

They cannot wait to bring family and friends together and make their customers’ pool dreams a reality. Their clients are what matter to them, and they want to give them the best experience possible, one they will remember for a lifetime.

St. Louis South, MO | Owner: Keith and Susie Waldrup

Having 3 years of pool industry experience, Keith Waldrup has helped local pool companies dig new pools, as well as maintain and service existing pools. Keith has learned pool building from the ground up, working with various crews and gaining valuable insight into providing customers the best experience in the process. He has also been a part of the Enterprise Corporate World for 25 years, helping clients transform their organizations into World Class leaders. Keith has led several teams that helped businesses with their P&L statements and he was responsible for helping clients realize their ‘transformational’ dreams.

Keith found Premier Pools & Spas through the pool design and construction industry and recognized Premier Pools & Spas’ incredible reputation. His favorite aspect of pool building is creating a design that his customers have envisioned their whole live,s and making their backyard dreams come true. Building an incredible pool where families can spend quality time together is what Keith is most excited about.

About Premier Pools & Spas

Since redefining the pool building industry in 1988, Premier Pools & Spas has received numerous awards. This includes several Association of Pool & Spa Professional (APSP) International Awards of Excellence for Design. Premier Pools & Spas was also named the National Pool Builder of the Year (2006) and was ranked #1 Pool Builder (2012) in the US, by Pool & Spa News. As of 2017, Premier has begun franchising service companies under the name Premier Pool Service.

Today, Premier Pools & Spas is one of the top pool builders in the industry; with more than 75,000 pools built, and serving more than 90 markets nationwide, Premier Pools & Spas is constantly looking to expand even further. To become a Premier Pools & Spas franchisee you will need to pass a comprehensive background check, multiple inquiries to local vendors and distributors, as well as previous customer and personal references.

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