Meet the Team

Dave Hobaica
Owner
dave@eastonpool.com

Dave has been involved in the swimming pool industry for over 30 years.  He is a Certified Pool Builder and takes pride in the design and quality product you receive when you work with Easton Pool & Spa, Inc.  As a result of his commitment to quality, his work has won international and national design awards throughout his career. Dave runs the day-to-day organization and puts special focus on sales and the design and construction process. He is hands on with our customers but has also put in place a team to ensure every last detail is accounted for.

Dave has a business degree from Bryant University, is a member of the Bio-Lab Dealer Advisory Committee, has served as a board member on the Mansfield Conservation Commission and participates in the Easton Chamber of Commerce,

When he’s not working hard at Easton Pool & Spa, Inc., Dave is an energetic personality who enjoys spending time with he wife and three girls as well as catching up with friends. Dave also loves to play basketball, do Cross-fit and run road races. He rarely sits still and brings that energy to his work.

 

Robert Hobaica
Owner
bob@eastonpool.com

There comes a time in the whole process of becoming a pool owner when a guy shows up in your backyard and starts digging a hole. That guy would be Rob Hobaica, his specialty is taking that design on paper and turning it into your very own pool. Rob has his hand in virtually every phase of the construction process; not only does he work with his brother Dave in coordinating each stage of your pool’s construction, he also operates much of the heavy equipment, like the excavator and the bob cat.  Rob is the seasoned pit crew leader of the construction team – the crew runs like a finely tuned sports car.

Rob’s interests outside of work include spending time with his family, traveling, and going to the gym.  He spends time in the off season in Florida re-charging for the next busy season.

 

Henry Hobaica
Founder

“I’m very proud of the company that I built, and even prouder of where I see it going in the very capable hands of my two sons, and the excellent team they’ve assembled around them. But most of all, I love that we continue to make people happy with our product. It’s built us a strong word-of-mouth network of referrals, making for lots more happy customers. And like I always say, take care of the customer, and they will take care of you.” – Henry Hobaica

With over 60 years in the business, Henry is still the corporate patriarch of Easton Pool &Spa, keeping an eye on things, making sure that all is ‘steady as she goes’.  While he still consults the entire team on best practices, he can now relax and leave the day-to-day to his sons Dave and Rob.

 

Michael Santel
Service Manager
msantel@eastonpool.com

Mike has been a key contributor to Easton Pool & Spa’s success since 1993. Although he has impacted almost every facet of the company, his most valuable contribution is his leadership running our Service Department.  If your pool has ever needed a service call, and you’ve had the good fortune to talk with Mike, you know first hand what his many years of pool experience bring to the table!  There is no other employee at Easton Pool & Spa who has received more customer accolades than Mike Santel. Mikes’ number one objective is to make sure our customers are happy with their swimming pool, even if we did not build it.  He makes sure his team is responsive and on site as soon as he can, and if he can trouble shoot the issue with you over the phone, he is more than happy to help

When Mike isn’t helping our existing customers, he likes to kick back around his own pool with family and friends.  And when pool season ends and the snow flies, you’ll find Mike astride his trusty snowmobile, enjoying his off-season to the fullest.

 

Tara Sullivan
Director of Operations / New Pool Sales
tara@eastonpool.com

Tara has been with Easton Pool & Spa, Inc. since 2012. Coming from Fidelity Investments where she held a Vice President position in their Brokerage Technology Division, she is a perfect fit to help us with our company operations.

In addition to her operations role, Tara also helps Dave with New Pool Sales.  If you are in the market for a new in ground swimming pool, Tara will probably be visiting your site to walk you through why Easton Pool & Spa, Inc. is the best choice for your family!

There is nothing that makes Tara happier than packing a suitcase and jumping on a plane with her husband and two daughters!  If she’s not working, she is probably traveling.  If she isn’t jet setting (and happens to be local) she enjoys catching up with friends, riding her Peloton or watching a high school soccer or basketball game.

 

Ken Bagdon
Controller
ken@eastonpool.com

Ken has been with Easton Pool & Spa, Inc. since 1995.  We owe a great deal of our success to Ken’s skillful guidance of the financial end of the business.  His timely and intuitive handling of accounts payable, financial statements, cash receipts application, and payroll ensures that while the rest of our team is out building great backyards, things in our own backyard are humming along just fine.

When he’s not crunching numbers, Ken can be found camping, hiking, and canoeing, to name just a few of the recreational pursuits that he also puts to good use as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 96 of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Matt Machado
Renovations/Liners
matt@eastonpool.com

Matt is our all-star Renovations and Liner Manager. Having been at Easton Pool & Spa, Inc. since 2009, he is responsible for making sure all of our liner replacements, new pool liners and full pool renovations are completed to our high standards. He also oversees the winter safety cover division. What makes him a perfect fit is his broad experience level in all areas of construction, his extreme attention to detail and his willingness to provide the best customer service to our clients.

 

Amy Sapovits
Project Manager – New Pool Construction
amy@eastonpool.com

Amy has been involved with Easton Pool & Spa since 2017 working full-time as a project manager for new pool construction. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and brings years of project management experience.

In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, coffee with friends and seeing Broadway shows. She is often found down the Cape with her husband, three kids and 2 rescue dogs Arkie and Oliver.

 

Debbie Plant
Customer Support Specialist
dplant@eastonpool.com

Debbie has been with Easton Pool & Spa since April of 2010 predominantly working with the Service and Liner departments as well as handling the travel and logistics in moving workers and vehicles to and from our job sites on Martha’s Vineyard. 

Debbie lives in East Bridgewater with her husband Patrick, and son Ian when he’s home from college.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, volunteering with the Special Events group of the Dana Farber-Jimmy Fund Clinic, and continues to enjoy watching her son play soccer. 

 

Steve Gellar
Purchasing
steveg@eastonpool.com

Steve is responsible for purchasing equipment and supplies for our 3 retail stores and our main warehouse. He makes sure we have what we need when we need it to be able to service our customers as efficiently as possible. Before joining Easton pools in November of 2016 Steve worked in the health care industry for over 30 years in many capacities including Customer Service Management, IT, Medical Billing, Inventory control and delivery/dispatch coordination. 

Steve lives in Rhode Island with his wife and sons.  After his family his favorite things are going to Patriots games, riding his Harley and his Siberian Husky Max!

 

Justin Lopes
Construction Manager
jlopes@eastonpool.com

Justin took on the role of Construction Manager after 18 years with the company.  His knowledge of our construction policies and process as well as his ability to effectively manage the construction team made him the perfect fit for this role.  Justin has his hoisting license and is working on his CDL.

When Justin isn’t on site building your swimming pool, he can be found spending time with his family and friends or racing cars!

 

Tim Lee
Construction Manager – PermaCrete Walls 

If you have a PermaCrete inground swimming pool, chances are your walls were built by Tim Lee!  Tim has been with Easton Pool & Spa since 1988 and although he started off as more of a jack-of-all trades type employee, he really found his groove in our Wall division! 
 
If Tim is not spending time with his family and friends, you will find him outside taking part in many outdoor activities.

 

Laurie Machado
Easton Store Manager
 
Laurie has been with Easton Pool for just over a year and you would think she has been here forever!  Laurie’s background in customer service has proven to be her most valuable asset as the manager of our Easton store. Stop in and she will walk you through the most complex water chemistry issues or a basic sale.  Either way, you’ll find she is a pleasure to work with!
 
Jim Auld
Walpole Store Manager
 
Jim Auld has been with Easton Pool & Spa since 2000. He spent 3 years working on the service department and manager of our retail store in Walpole. Jim has been doing water analyses, chemical balancing of swimming pools and spas, problem solving for over 15 years. Jim is on his current 16th year, and some seem to refer to him as the “Professor.”
 
Keerie Auld
Pocasset Store Manager
 
Keerie started with Easton Pool & Spa, Inc. at the age of 13. She worked in Walpole over the summer with her dad Jim Auld. After a year of exposure she decided to come on board as an official member. Keerie has now been with the company 8 years. After 6 years in Walpole she transitioned to our Pocasset location where her and her team handle retail and pool maintenance. Her years of knowledge and extensive training has made her an expert in water chemistry!
 

 

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