About Our Team
San Antonio Pool Management provides pool management, lifeguard staffing services and pool maintenance services across greater San Antonio.
Shawn Ruiz has been part of the Leadership Team in San Antonio since 2014 years after relocating back to San Antonio from our Nashville location, Greater Nashville Pool Management. Shawn served as the General Manager of Greater Nashville Pool Management for 3 years. Prior to this, Shawn was Operations Manager for American Pool Management in Pittsburgh, PA to assume the position of General Manager of Greater Nashville Pool Management. At American Pool Management, he managed all lifeguards, pool operations, repairs and renovations for the company.
Shawn’s tenure with The Pool Management Group started at San Antonio Pool Management in 2006 as a year-round Regional Supervisor. He also served on a company committee to establish Lifeguard Awareness Strategies and testing protocols. Shawn began his professional career in the aquatics industry as an Operations Supervisor for Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, TX. Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is the reigning winner of the Golden Ticket Award for Best Waterpark in the United States and has been since 1998. Shawn oversaw the “Learn to Swim” program as well as served in the waterpark construction branch of the facility.
Shawn is a Certified Pool Operator®, an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Director of Human Resources/Office Manager
Deidre began her career in aquatics with San Antonio Pool Management as a part-time lifeguard in 2004, after graduating with Honors from Texas Lutheran University, where she played basketball and ran outdoor track, while representing her university on the ASC Student-Athlete Advisory Council. The following summer, as a graduate student at Texas State University – San Marcos, she was promoted to a Pool Manager role at one of the San Antonio Pool Management facilities. In spring 2006, she took over the Human Resources Director and Office Manager position. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling in 2008, and enjoys working with young people to assist them in capitalizing on their leadership qualities and personal strengths in a manner that promotes team-building. She enjoys live music, a passion sparked by her parents Carol and Tom, and floating the river with friends and family. Her two younger sisters, Amanda and Shelbi, have also worked in varying capacities for San Antonio Pool Management.
Human Resources Director and Office Manager of San Antonio Pool Management 2006
Pool Manager Awarded Pool of the Month 2005
Lifeguard Awarded Employee of the Month 2004
Member of Community Associations Institute (CAI)
Graduate of Texas State University – San Marcos 2008, M.A. Professional Counseling (Community
Honors Graduate of Texas Lutheran University 2004. B.A Psychology
Our Safety Advisors
As part of The Pool Management Group network, our customers and employees receive the expertise of our internationally renowned Safety Advisors, Dr. Tom Griffiths and the team at Aquatic Safety Research Group. Their expertise is instilled throughout our risk reduction techniques and lifeguard training.
Dr. Griffiths was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is a Paragon Safety Award winner for his water safety efforts. He has been awarded the National Recreation and Park Association Distinguished Aquatic Service Award for a lifetime achievement and designated a European Lifeguard Academy Friend of the Academy for significant contributions to preventive Lifeguarding. Dr. Griffiths has also been named to “Who’s Who in Aquatics- The Top 100”, and “Power 25- Top 25 most powerful aquatics professionals in the World”, by Aquatics International Magazine.
Dr. Griffiths has authored more than 300 papers that have been published in scientific, professional and popular journals. He is an external reviewer for the American Red Cross Swimming and Diving publications.
The Pool Management Group
Our parent company, The Pool Management Group, and the 15 other companies in The Pool Management Group support San Antonio Pool Management in our operations. In fact, the employees at headquarters don't run any pools directly. Instead, they're solely dedicated to assisting the various locations in our family of companies.