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Founder: James (Jim) Patterson 

Owner 1946-1976

Jim, who learned to dive off the Santa Cruz, California fishing piers, led the junior competitors in the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair where he met Coach Peppe and accepted his invitation to visit Ohio State and instantly became a Buckeye.  Jim became the Buckeyes first Big 10 and NCAA diving champion in 1936 and was named to six All-American teams between 1936 and 1938. He served as co-Captain of the OSU team that became the first college team ever to win the National AAU championship (indoor and outdoor) in 1938.

   During his career, he never finished lower than second in Big 10 and NCAA championships. Jim originated eight dives during his OSU career, most of which were eventually placed in the NCAA rules book. In 1992, he was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame.  After graduation, he dove professionally with Billy Rose’s Aquacade and was Director of Diving for the Minneapolis Aquatennial for thirteen years.

   From 1946-1976, Jim owned Patterson Pools in Columbus, Ohio. In that time, he was issued seventeen patents in swimming pool design and was the originator of stainless steel swimming pools that are still a standard for today’s designs. 

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Phil Patterson, Owner 1976-2014

Phil is the oldest son of Jim Patterson.  He began working at Patterson Pools in 1961 and in 1976 became President of the company.  Between 1979-1981, Phil formed Passwall Corporation with KDI Paragon.  Passwall Corporation marketed stainless steel walls and gutters throughout the US.  In 2003 Phil founded Aquatics Consultants Inc., which consulted with Architects and Engineers on pool design.  Phil retired in late 2014.

Tim Patterson and Kathy Patterson,

Owners 2014 - present

Tim is the son of Phil Patterson.  Tim graduated from Columbus State with an Associate's Degree in Business Management.  He began working part time at Patterson Pools in 1984 and began full time employment in 1990.  Tim developed and patented drain covers that complied with the Virginia Graham Baker Act in 2007.  He has served on the Rules Committee for Ohio Department of Health to assist in reviewing and rewriting the Ohio Pool rules and maintains a strong working relationship with Ohio Department of Health.  Tim oversees and specializes in project bids, system design and mechanical equipment application of projects.  

   Kathy is the youngest daughter of Phil Patterson.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Education from The Ohio State University and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Small Business Management from Columbus State University.  She began working full time at Patterson Pools in 1988.  Kathy manages day to day office management and oversees sales for deck, diving, safety, and maintenance equipment.

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