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Meet Hermelindo Garcia Jr of Cannonball Pools in San Fernando

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hermelindo Garcia Jr.

Hermelindo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started working right out of High School with my older brother who had starting working with a pool service company. I started joining him on his route to earning some cash and eventually joined him on a daily basis. Roughly 6 months after I started working full time for the company my brother introduced me to, the company we worked for sold their pool route and I had to find another job, quick. I applied and got laid off at Robinson’s May after just a year. So I went back to working for another pool service company for the next 2-3 years along with a pool tile cleaning company, which I have been with for 12 years now all while beginning to build my own pool service company. As of now, I employ not only myself but my older brother and wife as well. With the current state of my company, I support all 3 of my children, my wife, my brother and myself.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It is not always a smooth road. One of my biggest obstacles as the owner of the company is that I am responsible for not only my actions but those of my employees. If something goes wrong, doesn’t get done or isn’t working, I have to make it right/fix the issue. Sometimes this means paying out of my own pocket, making several trips to fix something or just extra time to ensure my clients and customers are happy.

Even with all the challenges that come with running a business, I completely enjoy what I do. I have really found my passion.

Please tell us about Cannonball Pools.
My company takes care of almost all pool and spa care needs. We do maintenance, installations, repairs, plumbing, lights, tile cleaning, clean-ups, etc. We have contracts with banks, contractors, real estate agents and brokers as well a number of pool companies and homeowners.

We are most known for our tile cleaning. This is my specialty and something I am most proud of and known for.

The tile cleaning along with our customer service really sets us apart from other companies. Not only do we offer to clean tile as opposed to replacing it, we offer competitive prices, accept credit cards, send out payment notifications, offer rebates when available, work with realtors and brokers, and are used widely amongst other pool service companies and contractors, which makes us reliable, trustworthy and known in the community, We also offer several convenient services that our clients seem to love such as recurring credit card payments, easy to read and understandable monthly billing, free estimates and online payment options.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is when I would go back to Guatemala and get to burn fireworks with my family for Christmas and New Year’s. Holidays are the best and biggest out there.

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