Pool business deep with family connections

From Local Sources

JASPER — All In One Pools opened its doors last Saturday at 512 E. Third Ave in Jasper. This is the company’s first store. The owner, Gerald “D.J.” Dunn, started the business out of his French Lick home. He’s no stranger to pools.

Dunn started his career by helping his parents with their business, D&D’s Pools, at age 13. He eventually began working for them as an employee during the summer in high school and then graduating to full-time work after high school. He learned and developed his passion from watching his father.

“I’ve been born into it and it’s all I’m going to do for the rest of my life,” said the 33-year-old French Lick resident. “It’s in my blood. When I start the job, it drives me crazy. I’m a perfectionist, like my father, and can’t wait to see when the job is done in order to see what it looks like.”

It wasn’t just his parents that influenced him, however. His uncle Gerald “Jerry” Bishop owned the largest pool franchise, Pleasure Pools, in North America at one point, operating in 37 states, Dunn said. Bishop started his business in 1959 and sold the franchise in the late 1970s, Dunn said. Bishop died last year at 80.

“He taught me everything. It was his whole life,“ Dunn said. “He was the hardest-working man on the planet. He’s been a great role model.”

Dunn’s father taught him the labor side of pool work and his uncle the business side.

“My uncle treated everyone like family. That’s what I’ll do,” he said. “He had a big, soft heart.”

Pool work has always been a family affair for Dunn and his relatives. In fact, Dunn’s son, then 7 years old, named the company, he said.

“All In One Pools because we’re all in this together. None of us can do this alone,” Dunn said. “It was bugging me for a week, or two weeks, and he said it one day and it just hit me.”

And like those that came before him, Dunn started his own pool business where he works with family — his cousin and best friend both work for him.

“It’s a family business just like my uncle’s,” he said.

Dunn’s Jasper expansion will sell hot tubs, in-ground and above-ground pools, liner repair work, pumps, pool filters, chemical testing and other services.

All In One Pools is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their website is www.allin1pools.com and they can also be found on Facebook. Contact them by phone at 812-556-0577.