In an industry dominated by men, Lynn White, owner of Water Works Pool & Spa in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, stands out. Even through adversity, she forged her success partly due to her tenacious work ethic and dedication to building strong relationships.
Lynn is a second-generation family business owner. Her parents started the Water Works business from their home on a whim in the 1970s. They started by running ads in the local newspaper for subcontracting swimming pools. At the time, pre-teen Lynn was the company’s designated bookkeeper, and her older brothers assisted with the business’s plumbing needs.
In 1984, the company grew, and Water Works Pool & Spa opened a storefront in Tuscaloosa. Lynn worked side by side with her dad until he had a stroke, leaving her to take over the family business at the young age of 24. Water Works Pool & Spa has been open for over 38 years. Lynn attributes the business’s longevity to her team’s dedication to providing its customers with lifelong memories shared by the pools in their backyards.
“I wasn’t planning on ever working in the pool industry, but once I started, I loved it enough that I stayed,” Lynn said.