Meet our Team
Interested to learn more about the members that make up our amazing Sears Pool Management team? Click on each Team Member below to read more about their expertise and history with the company. Thank you for your interest in our services, and we look forward to becoming your trusted partner!
Sears Pool Management Team
President & Founder
Craig earned a degree in Biology from Washington and Lee University and a Masters degree in Management from Georgia State University. His passion for swimming and the aquatics industry led him to establish Sears Pool Management in 1997. He is involved in the day to day activity of the company focusing on building and sustaining quality service and customer relationships. He serves on the board of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and founded the Greater Atlanta Water Safety Alliance which is dedicated to community water safety education. He also earned the highest industry designations of APSP as a Certified Service Professional and Certified Building Professional. Craig has CPO, LGIT, APSP Tech I, II and CSP certifications. He is also a CPO instructor.
Jimmy Don Murray
Jimmy Don joined SPMC in November 2014. After five years as a manager in pest control for the wildlife division, Jimmy Don has returned to his original passion for the pool industry. He comes to Sears Pool with many years of experience managing YMCA’s in the midwest and then with a local pool management company as their general manager. He also traveled to Bulgaria to teach lifeguard training to the local community. As Operations Manager, Jimmy Don is responsible for supervision of our maintenance staff, which includes general service to our pools and also manages all of the renovations and repairs needed. Jimmy Don is CPO and CST certified.
Jessica joined the SPMC team in November 2020. With over 10 years of industry experience, Jessica has a demonstrated history of facility and lifeguard management in parks and recreation, non-profit organizations, clubs, and pool management companies. She is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and training our full-time and seasonal staff, supervising employee performance, and resolving customer concerns. Her educational background from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is in Anthropology and European Union Studies. Prior to joining SPMC, Jessica served as a study abroad advisor, having studied abroad in Belgium herself. Jessica has LGT, CPR/AED, LGI, and CPO certifications.
Beth joined the SPMC team in April 2019. Beth has 20+ years of experience in accounting. She is responsible for managing our Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and monthly accounting reporting functions. Beth was born and raised in Atlanta, attended Georgia State University where she majored in Business Management. She enjoys reading, working out and being outside and spending time at the lake or the pool.
Bojan joined SPMC as a Maintenance Supervisor in February, 2013 with over four years of experience in the pool industry. In January 2019, Bojan was promoted to the role of Regional Manager. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science in Engineering. He received the Ernest Mlynarczyk Leadership Award in 2015, 2016, and 2019. He is PPSO, CPO, CMS, CST, LGT & CPR certified.
Assistant Staffing Manager
Katie joined the SPMC team in January 2018 as our Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Staffing Manager in September, 2018. She is now working as Assistant Staffing Manager remotely from Louisiana. Katie graduated from Louisiana Tech University with her Bachelors of Science in Family and Child Studies. She is an alumna of Kappa Delta Sorority. Her duties include aiding in recruiting, hiring and training our lifeguard and attendant staff, ensuring shifts are filled as stated in our customer contracts, and resolving customer concerns.
Customer Service Administrator
Amila joined the SPMC team in January 2019. She comes to us with many years of customer service and organizational experience, and excellent communication skills. Amila is originally from Bosnia and is fluent in English, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, and Swedish. She was formerly a translator for the United Nations during the Bosnian war. She has also worked at several political appointments before settling in Atlanta to be closer to her family.
Lead Service Technician
Mark joined SPMC in July, 2014 as our Service Technician. Mark brings over 8 years of maintenance and repair experience with him. Prior to joining SPMC, he worked in a management role with Home Depot for 18 years and with LA Fitness for 2 years as the District Facility Supervisor. Mark is CPO certified.
Renata first joined the SPMC team in 2001 as a summer lifeguard. After a second summer of lifeguarding in 2002, Renata was promoted to Foreign Affairs Liaison, in charge of our international recruiting program, which recruited, trained, and staffed J-1 students as lifeguards. Renata also became our Head Scheduler during pool season. In 2003, Renata married Craig. She continued to work as Foreign Affairs Liaison and Head Scheduler until late Summer 2007, when her daughter was born. Renata continues to work on special projects and in an advisory capacity to the management team. Renata was born in Slovakia, has a degree in Physical Education and Special Education, is fluent in English, Slovak, Czech, Polish, and enjoys raising her two children, physical fitness, and travel. She is also passionate about water safety and serves on the Board of Directors for GAWSA.
SERVICE TECHNICIAN STAFF
Fidel joined SPMC in 2000 as a seasonal Maintenance Assistant. He continued in this role for 12 years. During this time, he worked with our maintenance staff and gained valuable knowledge about the 'ins & outs’ of pump room equipment. In 2012, he was promoted to a full-time position as Assistant Service Technician.
Ivan joined SPMC in November 2018 with two years of pool maintenance experience. Ivan was promoted from Maintenance Supervisor to Area Manager in February 2021. Ivan’s personal passions include miniature set building and playing the drums. He has earned recognition at international competitions and in trade magazines for his incredible lifelike military equipment models and scenes. Ivan enjoys working outdoors. Ivan is PPSO certified.
Chris joined SPMC in February 2020. Chris was promoted from Maintenance Supervisor to Area Manager in February 2021. He has lived in Georgia for twenty-one years. He graduated from Woodstock High School then went on to study radiography at North Metro Technical School. He is a talented singer and musician. He plays the drums, guitar, bass, and piano. Chris is CPO certified.
Igor joined SPMC as a lifeguard in Summer 2009 and was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor in September 2009. He received the Ernest Mlynarczyk Leadership Award in 2010 & 2014. Igor is CPO, CMS, CST, LGT & CPR certified.
Lazar first joined SPMC as a lifeguard in 2007 and was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor in 2008. In 2009 he returned to his home country of Serbia for two years. In March 2011 he returned to SPMC and resumed his position as Maintenance Supervisor. Lazar received the Ernest Mlynarczyk Leadership Award in 2012. Lazar is CPO, LGT & CPR certified.
Ray joined SPMC as a Maintenance Supervisor in April 2017. Ray previously worked as a Maintenance Technician for Midstate Thermoking. He served 12 years in the United States Navy as a Gunners Mate, Petty Officer First Class. In addition to volunteering at his church as an audio engineer, Ray enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and shooting. Ray is CPO certified.
Sean joined SPMC in February 2019. Sean grew up in Paradise, CA but moved to Atlanta after the devastating Camp Fire in 2018. Sean’s background is in Hospitality where he worked as a Chef. He is a former Martial Arts Instructor. He has two children and enjoys spending quality time with his family. Sean is CPO certified.
Peter joined SPMC in July 2019 as a Maintenance Assistant and was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor in August 2019. A Sandy Springs native, Peter went to Marist School in Atlanta, then attended and cheered for Ohio State University. His background includes experience in customer service and sales, managing a small dental practice in downtown Atlanta as well as a cheerleading and gymnastics coach for a gym in Buckhead. Peter is CPO certified.
Murell joined SPMC March 2020. He is from Michigan and moved to Sandy Springs in 1988. He attended North Springs High school and Georgia Perimeter College. He started his career in the aquatics industry in 2001. Murell is CPO certified.
Skyler joined SPMC as a Maintenance Supervisor in February 2021. He is multifaceted, charismatic, detail-oriented, and dependable. As a singer and songwriter he is always working on his craft. "Working with Sears Pool these last couple of years as a seasonal helper was great! I am excited to start my first year as Supervisor for this company because I feel like part of the family now. Everyone is knowledgeable, passionate, and so supportive. I am so happy to be a part of the team!" Skyler is CPO certified.
Nate joined SPMC in February 2021. He was born and raised in Green Bay, WI. Nate moved to Georgia in 2007. He attended SAE institute for audio engineering and graduated in 2019. His hobbies consist of camping, hiking, ﬁshing, hanging out with friends, DJing, and playing video games. Nate is CPO certified.
Michael joined SPMC as a Maintenance Supervisor in February 2021. He was originally hired as a Maintenance Assistant and was quickly promoted to a Supervisor position. When he is not working, he enjoys fitness and travel. Michael is CPO certified.
Diego joined SPMC in March 2021. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Diego attended the University of West Georgia and is currently attending Georgia State University for Digital Media/Illustration. During his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, sports, meditation, and anime. Diego is CPO certified.
Emelia joined SPMC in March 2021 after earning a perfect score on her CPO exam. She was born and raised in Georgia. She grew up in Kennesaw and graduated from Harrison High School in 1999. Emelia began working as a service technician at the beginning of 2020. She says, “I used to know the ‘what to do's’ and now I know the ‘why's’, or the importance of pool operations and I'm pleased about it." She is dedicated to learning something new every day and likes to study space, weather, and history. She is humble, responsible, and friendly. Emelia is CPO certified.