Our Leadership

Jeff Gaeckle


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Jeff co-founded Carolina Pool Management and The Pool Management Group.  He has been a major leader in the development and growth of The Pool Management Group and our Partner Companies.  Jeff initially made his mark as a very successful swimming coach in Charlotte, NC.  He has coached U.S. Olympians and U.S. National Record Holders.  He is a past member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors, and has expertise in all aspects of swimming pool operations and professional pool management. 

About Our Team

Carolina Pool Management  provides pool management, lifeguard staffing services and pool maintenance services across greater Charlotte.   

We operate in the following areas: Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Lancaster County, Union County, Gaston County, York County, Matthews, Mint Hill, Gastonia, Monroe, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Pineville, Belmont, Waxhaw and surrounding areas. 

Brandon Vaughn 
Vice President of Operations


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Brandon has been an instrumental part of Carolina pool Management since starting with us as a lifeguard in 2001. Brandon has moved up in his career and became our Service Division Director in 2006.  Brandon graduated from Montreat College in 2004 with a Business Management / Marketing Degree. Brandon played for the Montreat Varsity Baseball Team from 1999-2004 as a scholarship athlete. Brandon was also Captain of Team 2003-2004.

He is a National Swimming Foundation Certified Pool Operator as well as a South Carolina Licensed Pool Operator

Brennan Gaeckle 

Human Resources/Lifeguard Operations Director


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Brennan is a Charlotte native and longtime member of the Carolina Pool Management Team, working with the company in various capacities since 2002.  She has been a Lifeguard, Pool Manager, Supervisor, and Service Technician at various points of her tenure.  

From 2010 through December of 2015 she was employed full-time by Merck & Co. (Pharmaceuticals) as a financial analyst at their Shared Business Services site in Charlotte.   While with Merck she achieved the Merck Sigma Silver Award, completed her Sigma Yellow Belt Training, and received an Accounts Payable Certification.

Brennan has been around aquatics all her life. She swam competitively in Charlotte for Mecklenburg Aquatic Club (SwimMAC Carolina) and South Mecklenburg High School.  She graduated from East Carolina University in 2009 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies with a Minor in Communications.

She is American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certified and is a National Swimming Foundation Certified Pool Operator (CPO).

Denise Carlton 

Administrative Assistant


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Denise began working with Carolina Pool Management in 2000. She was the Human Resourses Director for Carolina Pool Management for 13 years. After years of working in HR, Denise has moved to a part time position in order to spend more time with her 2 grandchildren. Denise has years of experience working in the aquatics field as an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard and an Aquatics Director. Prior to joining the Carolina Pool Management team she worked as an Emergency Room Nurse at Mercy Hospital for 15 years. Denise grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She received her diploma in nursing from Westmoreland and is married with two daughters.

Our Safety Advisors

As part of The Pool Management Group network, our customers and employees receive the expertise of our internationally renowned Safety Advisors, Dr. Tom Griffiths and the team at Aquatic Safety Research Group. Their expertise is instilled throughout our risk reduction practices and lifeguard training.  

Dr. Griffiths was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is a Paragon Safety Award winner for his water safety efforts. He has been awarded the National Recreation and Park Association Distinguished Aquatic Service Award for a lifetime achievement and designated a European Lifeguard Academy Friend of the Academy for significant contributions to preventive Lifeguarding. Dr. Griffiths has also been named to  “Who’s Who in Aquatics- The Top 100”, and “Power 25- Top 25 most powerful aquatics professionals in the World”, by Aquatics International Magazine.

Dr. Griffiths has authored more than 300 papers that have been published in scientific, professional and popular journals. He is an external reviewer for the American Red Cross Swimming and Diving publications. 

The Pool Management Group

Our parent company, The Pool Management Group, and the 15 other companies in The Pool Management Group support Carolina Pool Management in our operations. In fact, the employees at headquarters don't run any pools directly. Instead, they're solely dedicated to assisting the various locations in our family of companies. 

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