Joan Navratil



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Joan has been in the pool industry in some capacity since she was in her early twenties. Starting as a swim instructor, she eventually developed and taught aquatics programs for physically and mentally disabled people. She eventually moved into an aquatics director position which eventually led her to being recruited to a prominent pool chemical company in the late 80's as a consultant on the sale of pool chemicals and supplies.

In 1991, when the company she consulted for suddenly closed, her and her husband Dick founded the company now called Horizon Pool Supply. Through tireless efforts and a concentration on education and relationship building they grew the company into the most well respected commercial pool supply and service company in their market. 

Shortly after starting the company, both Joan and Dick became Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Instructors. She has been teaching CPO classes ever sense and has certified more Pool Operators than any other instructor ever. As of 2015 she has certified more than 6,700 operators and counting.  She has proven to be a very well liked and effective presenter who always goes the extra mile to make sure all of her students understand the materials.

Although Joan effectively retired from Horizon in 2003, turning the company over to her children, she continues to teach CPO classes and is active in the industry through the National Swimming Pool Foundation.

Outside of the pool industry she is active in too many hobbies to mention and spends endless hours with her horses.

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