Meet-A-Scout: Gabe Jensen, Lead Technician a.k.a. ScoutInstructor

**Our “Meet a Scout” blog series introduces you to one of the people that make Pool Scouts great. We’ll offer you a little insight into the members of our team, where they are from and what makes them tick!**

Meet-A-Scout: Gabe Jensen

For this round of “Meet A Scout” we’re introducing you to Gabe Jensen, Lead Pool Technician and “Scout Instructor!”  Gabe came to Pool Scouts from Florida in the very early days of the business and has been an invaluable part of the team since. As our resident Certified Pool Operator, Gabe brings a rich background of experience and skills. He has over 15 years of experience in the pool industry, and quite literally grew up in the business. Gabe’s family owns and operates a retail pool business and Gabe spent many hours at a young age learning about the trade. In addition to being our “Scout Instructor”, he is affectionately known as Scout MacGyver. Gabe can fix, patch, or build almost anything from the most obscure objects! One of his recent masterpieces is a Gabe original filter, built and installed on one of our customer’s pools that just wasn’t clearing. It worked like a charm! At Pool Scouts, Gabe oversees and trains all local staff along with training franchise owners and their own staff. Even with all his years of experience, Gabe would be the first to admit that he, too, continues to learn about the complexities of the pool business and furthers his education by staying abreast of new information and developments in the industry. We stole a few minutes of Gabe’s time to get to know him better. What led you to work for Pool Scouts?

The Opportunity! My entire (almost) working career has been based around the pool industry. I love the industry and want to make an impact on how business should be conducted. I think we have the best vision and can remove the stigma that most associate with our industry.

What is your favorite part about your position at Pool Scouts?

I love the opportunity to train new franchisees about our trade. Our business is so dynamic that it is impossible to learn it overnight, but progress is overwhelming.

gabe cleaning pool | Pool Scouts, Virginia Beach What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Pool Scouts team?

Experience, skill, passion for the industry, a sense of humor and a big heart (Gabe would never write this about himself so I added it in).

If you could donate $1 million to any charity, which charity would it be and why?

Autism Speaks, I have a personal connection to this cause and stand behind this organization’s efforts.

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you?

Lighter, Knife, Shovel (That is all he would need to build a boat and MacGyver his way back to civilization!)

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Any of the Minnesota Vikings!

What’s your favorite room in your house and why?

The Bathroom – quietest room in the house (three boys in the house…their mom is fully out-numbered).

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I grew up wanting to fly planes and even considered joining the Navy to fly fighter jets but unfortunately couldn’t do so because of a heart condition. I’ve begun the process to get my pilot’s license and look forward to completing it!

  ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Virginia Beach, VA-based Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit PoolScoutsFranchise.com.  
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Dive Into Fall Fun in Raleigh, NC!

  Over the last couple months of summer, we’ve been so excited to watch Pool Scouts begin to expand across the nation, offering quality pool cleaning services to customers across multiple states. ferriswheelOne of our first franchise locations to open this year is in Raleigh, North Carolina so we thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about Raleigh in this month’s blog post. For example, did you know there are approximately 7,000 pools in Raleigh?  And as you expand across the Greater Triangle Area that number jumps up to almost 15,000 pools!  Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and also known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees – which means a lot of leaves making their way into all those pools across the city!  Guess it’s a good thing we’ve made our way into town. Tiffiny Consoli, Pool Scouts of the Greater Triangle Area owner and operator, has been running the business for a couple months and is proud to be servicing a community she’s been a part of for over a decade. Tiffiny brings one of a kind energy, smarts and kindness to the business and we’re thrilled to have her as part of the team! Another interesting fact about Raleigh is that folks from all over the country converge in the city this time of year. While the fall season is marked with visits to small town pumpkin patches and rural apple orchards, Raleigh hosts one of the largest and longest running fairs in the country! The annual North Carolina State Fair, held the second week in October, is a spectacle you don’t want to miss. Having in lived in North Carolina myself, I can attest that it is fun event worth the visit! If you need more of an incentive to check it out, here are some interesting facts about the NC State Fair that might peak your interest:
  1. The NC Fair has been running since 1853, giving it a long legacy of 163 years! It has only failed to take place six times in its history for reasons surrounding the Civil War and World War II – understandable. During the 1870s and 1880s, the mills in the area would close their doors so the workers could attend the fair. It has been held in its current location since 1928.
  2. The fair runs for eleven days straight. Exhibits include:
    • Antique Farm Machinery: displays of vintage farming tools including traditional spinning wheel and antique trackers.goat
    • Field of Dreams: This gives grown-ups and kids the chance to experience what it’s like to be a farmer, offering them the opportunity to take part in the “farm to table” experience.
    • Heritage Circle: Always been fascinated by wood carving or blacksmithing? The Circles offers fairgoers a chance to step back in time and see these activities in action.
    • The State Fair Ark: Just as it sounds, the Ark has all sorts of championship animals on display: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, etc.
    • Village of Yesteryear: One of the more popular sights at the fair, the Village features artists and crafters from all over selling their wears.
  3. In addition to the various exhibits that offer you a taste of history, there are numerous competitions and loads of fun entertainment. There are horse shows, baking contests, concerts, fireworks, carnival rides, and more.
  The description above provides an overview of the fair, but doesn’t really do it justice. There is so much to see and do, you won’t be disappointed! My favorite part by far is the fried dough! So hopefully you know a little more about Raleigh than you did before today’s read, and if you live nearby you may be lucky enough to check out the fair. Just remember to keep an eye out for our bold, red and blue Pool Scouts van driving through the neighborhoods of Raleigh as well. You can find out more about the new Pool Scouts location serving the Triangle Area as well special offers on cleaning services and pool closing services by visiting Triangle.PoolScouts.com.
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