Sam Blake has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1995. He has been instructing the CPO Class since 2005. While at Spear Corporation, Sam has specialized in the design and construction of chemical systems, filtration systems and pool design. Sam’s experience in the Aquatic Industry include consulting on the following facility designs; 2012 US Olympic Trial Pools, North Central High School Natatorium, Franklin Community High School Natatorium, Lebanon Aquatic Center, and many others. Sam’s professional affiliations and certifications are: Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Indiana Park and Recreation Association, Indiana School Board Association, Kentucky Recreation and Park Society, Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.
Harold Brown has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1991. He has been instructing the CPO Course since 1994, certifying over 1000 commercial swimming pool operators to date. His approach to the course content is to emphasize safe and efficient pool operation. Operational problems are addressed with real-life experience, not just related theory. Harold has spent most of his time with Spear Corporation working in the field helping pool operators solve pool operation problems. Harold’s experience in the Aquatic Industry includes acting as lead pool operator for the 2004 FINA World Championship Swimming meet in Indianapolis and lead pool operator for the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Harold has been involved in research, development and testing for new products for the aquatics industry.
Brian Spear has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1990. He has been instructing the CPO Course since 2005. Brian started at Spear Corporation as a Service Technician and then later served in the position of Project Manager, while specializing in mechanical room renovations and new construction. Brian is currently serving as President of Spear Corporation. During this CPO Course, Brian will share his knowledge and skill that has been acquired by years of hands-on experience. Brian enjoys unique aquatic projects that include the design and construction of circulation and filtrations systems. Some of those have included the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships, the 2012 and 2016 USA Olympic Swimming Trials, NYAD 48 ‘Swim for Relief’ with Diana Nyad, and Marine Corp bases in Okinawa, Japan. Brian has a passion for aquatics. He strives hard to assist and educate pool operators of all facilities in the Midwest and beyond.