Meet Your Management Team
Douglas S. Winkler - President
A graduate of George Washington University, and a proud and active alum, Doug started working for Winker Pool Management, Inc. in 1972 as an Area Supervisor. The business, founded by his father, Dr. Lawrence Winkler in 1954 as Swimco, was the first pool management company of its kind in the country.
Having learned the business from the ground up, he took over as President in 1987. A “hands-on” president, Doug personally manages all the administrative and accounting work for this company as well as for two other businesses he owns with his partner, Steve Wilmot. With Steve’s enthusiasm for sales and Doug’s head for the numbers, they indeed continue to make a perfect team, almost 40 years later.
Although the staff at Winkler has certainly grown to the point where Doug should never have to venture out into the field to perform work at a pool, he often does. Thus, Doug maintains his “hands-on” approach and never asks someone to do anything he wouldn’t be willing to do himself.
Doug lives just outside of Annapolis, MD with his wife Pattie. He has two children, Brendan, who recently graduated from Salisbury State University with a degree in Accounting, and Kelsey, who recently graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a Business degree.
Doug is active on several volunteer boards including APSP (the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals) where he has been the local chapter Treasurer from 1999 to present, a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for Region 2 and, as of 2010, a member of the National Board of Directors. He also is the Director of Education for Region 2, and he has led the Region 2 Tech Schools program (an accredited technical training school which certifies both entry level and advanced swimming pool technicians) from year 2000 to present.
One of the original “die-hard” Redskin fans in the Washington area, Doug somehow maintains his optimism and positive outlook (despite the Redskins’ record) by reading, spending time at the beach with family and friends and attending almost all home games to cheer on his beloved GW Colonials basketball team.
Stephen C. Wilmot - Executive Vice President
Steve Wilmot is the Executive
Vice-President of Winkler Pool Management and has been with the company since
1974. He worked his way up from the position of lifeguard, learning all aspects
of service and pool management, to become a partner in the business. His motto of
"think like an owner" has obviously served him well.
Steve is also a certified Pool Operator Instructor and frequently speaks to groups
on all aspects of management, service and sales. Truly the "quintessential" salesman
of our group, he never misses the opportunity to teach his employees how to hone their
sales skills whether it be selling chemicals, service or pool management.
Steve resides in Centreville, Virginia with his wife Kathy. An avid golfer, he also enjoys spending his free time with family
and friends on the South River near Annapolis.
Chris Waters - Vice President - Email
Chris Waters came to Winkler
Pool Management in December, 1998 and has been in the swimming pool industry since the
1980s. He has held various positions from Area Supervisor, Service Technician, Account
Executive (sales) to Regional Manager.
This "jack-of-all-pool-trades" came to Winkler filling vacant positions as time went by
in the management, sales and service aspects of the business. He has now come to rest
comfortably after several years with us, firmly entrenched in his position of Vice-President.
Chris went to college and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. He currently lives
in Bristow, Virginia with his wife, Diane, her son A.J. and their daughter, Maddie. In his
free time he enjoys skiing, snowboarding and spending time with his family.
David Gitlin - Sales Representative - Email
David's bio will be posted soon.
Jesse Morgan - Regional Manager- DC/MD - Email
Jesse Morgan joined our
Management Team in March of 2007, as a Regional Manager for the DC/MD area. He works closely with
our other Regional Manager for the area, Brad Jones, managing over 100 pools and 10 Area Supervisors
during the summer season.
Formerly a U.S. Marine, Jesse has been in the pool business since 1994. He worked for many
years with Century Pools, starting as a Drain-and-Cleaner and moving up to the position of
Regional Manager before coming to Winkler.
He currently lives in Ft. Washington, MD and has two teenage children, Jesse and Jessica.
When he is not working he enjoys photography and remote-control cars.
Spencer Wilmot - Regional Manager- DC/MD - Email
Spencer's bio will be posted soon.
Darron Dandridge - Regional Manager-Northern VA - Email
Darron hails from Williamsburg, VA and attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, from which he graduated in 2003 with a BA in Theatre. After several years of stage and film acting, Darron’s career path led him to join the WPM family in the spring of 2011 as a Service Technician. He worked in the field servicing pools for three years before being promoted to Virginia Regional Manager. Darron operates out of our offices in Springfield, VA and currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA.
Kirk Southworth - Service Coordinator - Email
Kirk Southworth joined the
Winkler team in 2000 as Service Coordinator for our entire service area. He heads up our service
teams in DC/MD and Northern Virginia, which do everything from the pre-season draining and cleaning
of pools to minor repairs and major renovations, as well as provide weekly service for various hotels,
government and other commercial facilities.
Kirk began his own business, CAS Enterprises in 1986 and has subcontracted his services over the years
to many pool companies including Aqualin, Swimkare and Winkler. He not only specializes in pool repair
but is also proficient in plumbing, heating and air-conditioning.
Currently residing in Laurel, Maryland with his wife, Denise, Kirk is active with his church's youth
group and enjoys playing softball. Family is always a priority as he spends his free time with his
son, Kirk Jr., daughter Melissa and grandsons, Kyle and Hunter.
Diyana Petrova - Staffing Director/Recruiter - Email
Diyana Petrova joined Winkler Pool Management as Staffing Assistant in 2005, primarily staffing the Northern Virginia area pools and functioning as an integral part of our international staffing program. Diyana is from Bulgaria and is one of our international students who started as a lifeguard and has risen to her present position. An ambitious and educated woman, she is bilingual, fluent in Bulgarian and English, and graduated from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski before coming to work in the United States.
Currently, Diyana directs the international student recruitment program and is the primary contact for J-1 employees. Her experience as a J-1 participant and an international recruiter has proven invaluable in the staffing process and allows the students to feel more at home while they are here working in the United States.
Diyana enjoys "endless summers,” meeting new people, spending time with good friends and visiting family in Bulgaria when time permits.
Eric Jeter - Staffing Director/Recruiter - DC/MD - Email
Eric has been a math instructor for 20 years and became a lifeguard/manager/pool operator during the summer of 1996. Prior to bringing his talent and credentials to the Winkler Pool Management Team, Eric worked in that capacity for Century Pools for 3 years.
Currently residing in Clinton, MD, Eric has one daughter, Arielle. In his off-hours, Eric is a movie buff and also enjoys coaching basketball and traveling.
Sherry Alexander - Staffing Director/Recruiter - Northern VA - Email
Sherry began with WPM in 2009 as an Area Supervisor for the Springfield, Woodbridge and Stafford areas of northern Virginia while pursuing her undergraduate studies at George Mason University. This past year, she was promoted to Staffing Director in the Virginia Area.
Having graduated from George Mason 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Sherry is currently working on her Masters in Biology at Georgetown University. She currently resides in Springfield, VA with her dog, Kia and many other exotic critters.