Mermaid Staff

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Anderson Location


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Scott Murr

Owner / Operator / Assistant Operations Director / Store Manager since 1995

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

To coordinate our service and construction schedules and manage payroll for our employees.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

I love the opportunity to help homeowners accomplish their backyard dreams, by giving them my complete dedication.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?

Play golf, go with family to our kids’ activities, hang out at the pool with my friends and neighbors, possibly with a beverage.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?

I am a former college baseball player. I graduated from Ball State with a degree in Athletic Administration to become a coach or administrator – not a pool boy!


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Blair Lynch

Director of Operations (Mermaid Employee since 1995)

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

To manage daily operations for mermaid pools, staff training, new hire development, assist in event planning & marketing, and ordering.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

That it is a family oriented business, and that I am able to enjoy what I do. I enjoy developing relationships with customers and facing different challenges every day. Most importantly, I enjoy my staff!

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?

I like to spend time with my wife Karlyn, and three children Clara, Elias and Molly. My favorite hobbies are playing fantasy football and tennis.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?

I am a die hard Kansas City Chiefs fan and season ticket holder – a self proclaimed “parrothead”! I am a music junkie and I love going to live concerts!


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Mark “The Parts Professor” Hostetler

Service/Parts Manager (Mermaid Employee since 1999)

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

Running service department, pool renovations and maintenance.  Helping our customers with any problems that can arise.  Try and track down the weird hard to find parts!

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

Family atmosphere, great co-workers, always know where the best pool parties are in Anderson, everyday feels like summer in the store!

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?

Spend time with the family, play tennis, watch sports, go on outdoor adventures and camp with my family, cooking on a Big Green Egg

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?

2 sons Acen & Haven (The best boys in the world)
Chicago Bulls fanatic
Right Handed
3 Time Men’s B Doubles Champion of Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic
Biggest fear is snakes
Favorite TV shows are Big Bang Theory, Elementary, The Blacklist and Survivor


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Shelly Travelsted

General Manager

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

Oversee all Retail staff and retail operations. Ultimately, helping our company grow and thrive!

What do you like most about working at Mermaid?
The overall atmosphere of teamwork!
What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?
I have a Son in the Air Force so I spend a lot of my time traveling back and forth to his location and vacationing with my husband.
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Elida (Lidy) Stillwell

Service Coordinator

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

I like to think I am here to create an incredible human experience for everyone walking through our  doors. I love assisting our customers create and maintain their outdoor living space.

What do you like most about working at Mermaid?

What do I NOT like about this place??? Seriously, it a great work environment. There is always something new to learn and do;  the staff are troopers- giving each other a hand whenever they can; and there are always some type of laughable shenanigans running in the background.

What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?

When I’m not at Mermaid, I am either working on some type of project or hanging with the most fun guy I have ever met, my husband Jason, and our four children: Tory, Abby, Katy, and Jason. I might even be trying to combine the above, to the despair of my children!  In addition, my faith is at the core of who I am and the family I have built, so we might also out serving and giving back to our community.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?

I grew up on a ranch in Western South Dakota and have never lost my love for everything nature.  I am a terrible roper and mechanic, but I can still cook biscuits from scratch, fix fence, call calves from the next pasture, and drive a tractor. Unfortunately, I have never perfected my poker face, so I have to use my laughing face to cover for my good/bad hand every time!

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Kris Ziontek

Anderson Store Manager

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

As the manager, I interact with customers and vendors to ensure the best experience for our loyal customers.

What do you like most about working at Mermaid?

The small business community and working with such wonderful people.

What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?

Reading, Spending time with friends and family and relaxing by my pool.

 

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Ethan Godby

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Here at Mermaid I’m responsible for cleaning the showroom, restocking products when needed, performing water tests, and helping customers have a great and excellent experience at the store.
What do you like most about working at Mermaid?
Personally, I enjoy the atmosphere that is setup for employees and customers alike. My managers are all very knowledgeable and I feel I can ask them questions at any time if I am unsure on something. My coworkers also provide an excellent work environment where I feel I can thrive.
What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?
Outside of Mermaid I enjoy playing a myriad of instruments ranging from Ukulele to Piano to Alto Sax. Additionally, I enjoy building computers and testing them. Legos are a passion of mine as well, to the point that my entire room is filled with various creations. Most of all I enjoy “hanging with ‘The Boys’” whenever I get the chance.
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Victoria Stillwell

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Promoting a good and happy environment for all guests and employees.
What do you like most about working at Mermaid?
The family aspect.
What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?
Spend time with friends and family!
What is one fun fact about you?
I’m a vegetarian.
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Sydney Douglas

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Water testing, assisting customers with pool or spa chemicals, answering phones, or helping wherever needed
What do you like most about working at Mermaid?
I enjoy the environment and the people I get to work around.
What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also like to go shopping or going on drives listening to music.
What is one fun fact about you?
I spend all my money on concert tickets.
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Mason Wallace

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
I test water for customers and help answer questions and phone calls!
What do you like most about working at Mermaid?
I like how everyone is friendly.
What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?
I like to play a sport called pickleball with my grandma and go on walks with my grandma.
What is one fun fact about you?
I won the pickleball Chicago open junior division.
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Lily Hockwalt

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

Water testing, assisting customers with pool/spa chemicals, answering phones, and just helping out wherever I’m needed.
What do you like most about working at Mermaid?
The environment. Everyone here gets along really well, so it makes for a really fun work space.
What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?
Photography, painting, collecting records, and playing tennis
What is one fun fact about you?
I’ve traveled to five different countries
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Muncie Location


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Britney Remington

Muncie Store Manager

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

 

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

I love the work place, my coworkers and getting to interact with customers on a daily basis.

What do you do when you are not working at Mermaid?

Boating or camping with family and friends!

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?

I am a huge people person. I love interacting with people and I will probably find something to talk to anyone about!

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Megan Simpson

Sales Associate

Social Media Manager

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

Testing customer’s water samples, providing expert advice on pools, spas and chemicals, and selling spas, grills, and furniture, as well as taking care of day-to-day store operations.

What do you like most about working at Mermaid?

Mermaid provides me with sales experience I can carry on in the future as well as providing a family oriented environment for both employees and customers.

What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?

When I’m not at Mermaid, I like to travel with my roommates. I also spend a majority of my time as the president of my sorority, Chi Omega.

 

 


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Jenna Thomas

Sales Associate

Social Media Manager

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

Water testing, cleaning, assisting customers, answering phones and restocking shelves.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

I love the family friendly environment for both customers and employees.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?

When I’m not working at Mermaid, I love to spend time with my family and friends.

 

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Danielle Henson

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Testing water, selling chemicals
What do you like most about working at Mermaid?
The community and my co-workers
What do you like to do outside of Mermaid?
I love reading, playing volleyball, and archery
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Dedicated Service Team


 

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Bill Jarvis

Service Technician since 1999

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

New pool construction, pool service, openings and closings.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

I like that I work with good, honest people that keep what’s best in mind for the customer. The Murrs are good to their employees and good to work for.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?

I like to fish, hunt, take the family to church and parks. Spend as much quality time with the family as possible.

What would you like our customers to know that they might not already know?

I’m a Christian. I’m honest and fair and try to be considerate to others. I always treat people the way I would like to be treated. I’m known in the shop as the human ‘pool GPS’, anytime someone needs to know where a pool in Madison or Delaware county is I can get them there!


 

Paul Parkhurst

Pool Installation Specialist


Kevin Parkhurst

Pool Installation Specialist


David Lines

Pool Renovation Technician


Abi Caswell

Pool Technician

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Founder/Owners

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Tom Murr

Founder/Owner since 1979 – Retired 2016

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

Owner, pool installation, service work, fireman, bill payer, peace keeper, maintenance person.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

Every day is a different challenge and set of circumstances. Many risks are involved but I like calculated risk taking. There is also a surge of pride in a job completed and work done. There is a choice of jobs and you can accomplish as much as your time spent will allow.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?

Family and grandchildren take up much of my time away from work. I enjoy all sports, both participating and watching. I like to fish when time allows and to work around the home (both interior and exterior). We especially like to travel with our family and friends and go boating in southern Indiana.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?

I am a retired educator (ACSC 34 years). I am not a union president or city council member. I actually work in the pool business daily with the rest of the family and our valued employees.


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Brenda Murr

Owner since 1979 – Retired 2016

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?

Marketing, advertising, and public relations.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?

It’s different every day … never boring.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?

Bird watching, gardening, spending time with my grandchildren. I’m also an active member of the APSP Retail Council, the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, the Greater Anderson Business Club, and Women in Business – all of which I have held board positions. I’m active in the Ball State University Cardinal Varsity Club as well.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?

I am a cancer survivor!!