Lew Akins started in the pool business in San Diego in the late ‘70’s. In 1981, his then-employer (Neptune Pools) sent him to Texas. In 1984, the California headquarters abruptly went out of business, leaving many Austin-area homeowners with unfinished pools. Lew Alkins immediately founded Ocean Quest Pools in Austin, and finished every one of those pools.
Over the next fifteen years, the Ocean Quest team built and perfected the “vanishing edge” concept and the “natural pool” concept, and many other innovative designs. In the twelve years from 1987 to 1998, they won well over one hundred industry awards.
In 1998, Lew was ready to move more into the consulting side of the business, so he sold the Austin business to his top designer and salesperson, Sandy Vollentine. He formed Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins in Belton Texas, and began teaching other pool builders how to build award-winning, breath-taking pools. Later that same year, the National Spa & Pool Institute (NSPI) awarded him with their first-ever “Hall Of Fame” award. Since that time, they’ve built hundreds of beautiful pools, and added showrooms in Waco and Killeen. In 2004 they gained the exclusive rights to carry the world-famous Jacuzzi hot tubs and the world’s #1 seller – Hot Spring spa. At last count, they’d won close to fifty additional awards, which puts Lew’s lifetime total somewhere around 175.
Quest Pools by Lew Akins and their wonderful work has been praised in many magazines.
You’ve found a true expert in the “water shaping” industry. Whether you’re looking for help with swimming pools, ponds, hot tubs, deck resurfacing or inground spas, We think you’ll like what you find at Ocean Quest Pools.
Motto: “Serving Central Texas and Beyond!”
They have a philosophy here at Ocean Quest – They don’t build “cookie-cutter” pools, and they don’t build pools that are a pain in the rear to maintain. They build the kind of pool that he would want in his own backyard…the kind of pool you’ll want in your backyard.
“Let them help you discover how great your home and yard can be. Just give them a call.”
Led by: Lew Akins
Why They’re Unique:
People credit Lew Akins for bringing the Vanishing Edge concept to homeowners back in the 1980′s, and making it affordable. Over the last 30+ years, he has designed, built, and consulted on more than 3,000 pools all over the world. From a tiny backyard oasis to monstrous resorts, and everything in between, he can help you get exactly what you’re looking for.
“But don’t worry – All that experience doesn’t mean the pool has to cost more. It just means they know how to give you exactly what you want. It’s easy for a fast-talking sales rep to guide you down the wrong path. You don’t have to worry about that at Ocean Quest.
“If this is your first swimming pool, be sure to check out our helpful buyer’s guide: “15 Questions To Ask Any Pool Builder.” Or get a copy of our handy “Builder Comparison Checklist.” If it’s pool photos you want to see, check out our gallery, or get our FREE DVD with hundreds of photos.
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Meet The Expert
If you’ve ever wondered “Who is this guy, Lew Akins?”, then you may want to check out some of the following video tips. It’s a great way to “get to know Lew” before you actually pick up the phone and call him.
Lew Akins is the owner and founder of “Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins,” with locations in Belton, Waco and Killeen. In the pool business since 1979, Lew is a well-known speaker, consultant, sales trainer and expert witness for the swimming pool industry. Lew has also written numerous articles on pool design and “negative edge” pools.
Lew founded Ocean Quest Pools in Austin Texas in 1984. Since then he has won more than 187 national and regional awards, more than any other central Texas pool builder. Lew was one of the modern pioneers of vanishing edge pool construction, building hundreds of these projects for clients, and providing consulting services on hundreds more.
Lew is a regular speaker at the APSP/NSPI regional and international conventions, and a featured writer and columnist for Pool and Spa News. His column, “At the Competitive Edge,” answers builders’ questions on complex construction issues.
As a Certified Building Professional with the APSP, Lew is frequently requested for consultation on complex and sophisticated commercial and private pool projects throughout the country.
In 1998, Lew sold Ocean Quest Pools of Austin to focus on his consulting and specialty construction business. In February of 2000, Mr. Akins was named to the N.S.P.I. Region III Hall of Fame. In 2002, he opened “Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins” in Belton Texas, and added facilities in Killeen and Waco in 2006.
On six occasions, Lew has been named one of the top fifty pool builders in the U.S. in the annual Pool and Spa News “Industry Choice Awards.”
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What are the important things to look for in selecting a contractor for your backyard enjoyment? Watch this video for Lew Akins’ suggestions:
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