Pool Scouts Support Goes Further Than Knee Deep
In addition to our strong, dedicated team of Pool Scouts, our troop is guided by an experienced team of advisors:
Kevin Wilson, Chief Executive Officer aka Head Scout
Kevin hails from the great white north where the swimming season was short but glorious. With a degree from the University of Western Ontario, he began his career in consulting with Bain and Company. Since then he founded a business that franchised bagel stores throughout Texas and traveled across the globe to work for South African Airways. Before anchoring in Virginia Beach, Kevin worked in Mexico City for three years and co-founded what is now the second largest airline in the country, Volaris (NYSE: VLRS). Upon returning to Virginia Beach full-time in 2004, he became a partner with Envest Ventures, overseeing $160M across three funds that made over 28 investments, four of which were franchisors. Kevin led mosquito control company Mosquito Joe to become a top franchise opportunity in the home services segment and as our Head Scout, works to drive Pool Scouts’ franchisee-centric support system.
Brian Garrison, Chief Operating Officer aka Eagle Scout
Brian served an extensive career serving our country in the United States Navy before entering the franchise industry. Brian graduated from the Naval Academy, after which he served 22 years as a Naval officer, focused in naval aviation. He is also a former management consultant with McKinsey & Co, where he focused on strategy and operations in a variety of industries and corporate settings. Spending the majority of his career around water, it’s only natural that he is the Eagle Scout and Chief Operating Officer of Pool Scouts. Brian coordinates the efforts and activities of the corporate team to enhance the performance of our franchises. He enjoys running, biking, hiking and watching his two kids out on the sports fields. Originally from Massachusetts, Brian is a die-hard Boston sports fan and, like a true Navy captain, enjoys a good single malt scotch.
Angela Paules, Chief Marketing Officer aka Scout Recruit
Spending the majority of her life in Texas, Angela places high value on sunglasses, air conditioning, and a refreshing dip in a clean outdoor pool. Angela began her career in advertising, working on high profile clients such as Wal-Mart and BMW before her Longhorn pride drove her to a marketing role with her alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, her entrepreneurial nature led her to open a coffee shop, which she ran for four years. She has a competitive nature and loves attacking new challenges; you could call it a “sink-or-swim” mentality. She loves spending her free time outside, whether poolside, on the beach or hiking with her German Shepherd Chevy.
Michael Hull, Chief Financial Officer aka Cash Scout
Michael grew up in Norfolk, VA, and other than his college years at William and Mary where he graduated from, he has called the city home. He has a finance and real estate background but jumped into franchising waters early on. As our Cash Scout, Michael oversees the books but also supports the franchise operations with training, maintaining, and improving our current and potential franchise partners, and managing various vendor relationships. He enjoys his free time outdoors boating and fishing with family and friends. Oh, and his favorite color is blue (how appropriate).