Master Pools Guild member, Claffey Pools, has been awarded the Texas Family Business of the Year Award from the Baylor University Institute for Family Business. Two factors that reportedly weighed heavily with the judges were the depth of family participation – 18 current family members with 24 family members participating over the years - and, their passion for excellence and extraordinary reputation for innovation and customer service.
Claffey Pools is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It was founded by Paul Claffey, a brick mason, who moved from Wisconsin to Texas in 1982 to find a better life in the construction industry. Five years later, he opened Pools by Paul Claffey, and gradually brought his wife and later his three children into the business. In December of 2004 he sold the company to his three children. This led to a time of new technology and innovation credited with doubling the company’s volume. Claffey Pools marked the completion of their 6,000th swimming pool construction project in 2012.
Currently, three Claffey family members own and manage the company: Charlie Claffey is President and both Brian Claffey and Shelly Claffey Broder are Vice-Presidents. The string of awards and accolades earned by their company continues to grow and includes two Golden Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics from the Better Business Bureau, thirteen International Awards of Excellence from the APSP in 2012 alone, and dozens of other prestigious recognitions that can be viewed via a partial list on their company website at http://claffeypools.com/claffey-pool-awards.
“The members of the Master Pools Guild extend a heartfelt “congratulations” to the entire Claffey Pools organization on this recognition from Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business. As an organization consisting primarily of family owned businesses, the Master Pools Guild members appreciate the values, contributions and successes of today’s family owned businesses.” Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild.