Master Pools Guild Members Named In Top 50 Builder Issue

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jun 06, 2014

Each year, Pool & Spa News unveils their list of Top 50 Builders.  This year, judging was based on five criteria that included:  Industry Involvement, Web Presence, Community Involvement, Staff & Revenue.  Below is a list of the Guild members who received this recognition.  

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We encourage you to find out more about these & other Guild members by visiting our -Who We Are and -Member Locator resources.  Again, we salute the members listed above & send our best wishes to out to the team members of all the recipients.  

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Master Pools Guild Honors Claffey Pools of Texas

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 26, 2013

Claffey Pools Texas

Overlooking a private lake, this Claffey Pool design is a beautiful reflection of natural design expertise.  The client’s request?  To build a pool 75 feet in length that complimented the 10,000 square foot log cabin home.  What did the Claffey design team deliver?  A breath taking natural design that could make Mother Nature herself stop & take notice. 

One key component to the overall plan was to ensure visibility of the waterfalls from the house as well as from the outdoor area.  Then, there is the 150 foot river.  It gives the appearance that the pool is gushing toward the lake, when in reality, the river is circulating from the lake.  The waterfalls around the pool are seamlessly woven into the pool system and the entire poolscape blends so well into the setting it is difficult to see where Mother Nature stopped & the Claffey team began.  Add the custom elements of fire features, in pool fountain, grotto, attached spa stools & table and a captivating vanishing edge and your journey to paradise is more than complete.

The Master Pools Guild, during the annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013), announced a new series of awards.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their category during the judging process.  Claffey Pools of Texas was awarded the first Outstanding Natural Pool Award for this design.  The Tiffany trophy was presented by annual sponsor Zodiac Pool Systems’, Bruce Brooks & was accepted by Brian, Charlie & Shelly Claffey for Claffey Pools.

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Baylor Recognizes Master Pools Guild Member Claffey Pools With Award

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Feb 06, 2013

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. 

Claffey Pool Design

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

“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.

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