Mermaid Staff

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Anderson Location


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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!!


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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?
Playing golf, going with family to our kids’ activities, hanging 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

Parts Manager (Mermaid Employee since 1999)

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Maintaining Parts Department, special ordering hard to find parts, answering service questions, educating customers on pools and spas, provide excellent customer service, help customers make their backyards more fun (pools, spas, grills and patio furniture), keep Evan on his toes

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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Evan Baker

Store Manager (since 2009)

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
To keep the fun summer attitude at Mermaid Pools alive 365 days a year, while simultaneously maintaining a well staffed and stocked showroom. In addition to having award winning customer service skills, I also try to embody the true essence of what it means to be a Merman, which means I am a strong swimmer that knows how to analyze water.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
The customer first environment is incredible. How willing everyone is to help is also nice. Very rarely do I see my co-workers just sitting back in the office on their cell phones.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
When I’m not at Mermaid, I’m likely at home with my beautiful life partner Liz and our two children, Juliette and Sawyer. Aside from that, I frequent the golf course, local roller rink and movie theatre. Fun Fact: I’ve never been beaten on the golf course by another Mermaid Employee. Does that make me the Best? You decide (No).

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
I’m a firm believer that you never split 10’s or get up from the table on a heater. I’ve dressed up like Aquaman for 8 different Halloween’s. Also I’ve never lost a break dance battle. Kenny Chesney is the greatest artist of all time. I have 3 pet slugs. I’ve won 100% of trials I’ve taken to court. Any day above the ground is a good day. As the immortal Joe Dirt says “Life’s a garden, DIG IT!”


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Lexie Heruth

Ironman Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Water testing, making customers happy, algae killing expert, restocking product, annoying Evan, answering phones.

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
It’s never a dull moment and you learn to stay on your toes.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
I play tennis. Play with my puppy at home. Watch movies (my favorite movie is Ghostbusters II)

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
I can’t swim well, but work for a pool store. I am a senior at Anderson High School. If I were any animal, I would be an anteater.


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Savannah Southard

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Water testing, shelf stocking, store cleaning, answering phones

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
I love the family friendly environment and forming relationships with customers. I’ve never had a dull day at work.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy hunting and fishing.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
Senior at Frankton High School. America’s cutest baby contest winner. When I laugh a lot I sometimes cry. I’m currently on level 2305 on Candy Crush and the best Pokemon I’ve caught is a Vileplume!


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Wes Erny

Water Care Soon To Be Expert

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Customer Service, testing water, general upkeep, stocking the tall shelves

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
The good work environment that allows us to make many happy customers.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
I like to play sports, watch tv, spend time outside and spend time with friends.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
Alligators are dinosaurs. I hold the record in Anderson for most McRibs eaten in 1 hour.


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Natalie Paige Ferguson

Water Care Expert

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Water testing, assisting customers, answering phones and keeping pools clear!

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
The fun summer energy lasts all year long. Mermaid has great employees that I love working with.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
I enjoy spending time with my friends, watching movies and reading. I try to enjoy exercise but my motivation changes from day to day. Collecting and building my rubber band ball (its currently 2.5 ft in diameter)

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
I am a student at Anderson University and studying to be a teacher. Yes I really want to be a teacher. My also have a passion for writing fortune cookie fortunes.


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Kayla Osburn

Soon to be Water Care Expert

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Testing water, restocking, answering phones, helping customers, cleaning spas, ordering to much pizza, certified floater

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
It is a nice work environment and you learn a lot while having fun.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
Spend time with family and friends, read, eat to much food, camp, rabbit farmer

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
I will be attending Ball State in the fall. My biggest fear is an alligator. If I were an animal, I would be a squirrel. I can quote every Austin Powers Movie. My favorite band is Creed.


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Nate Willoughby

Soon to be Water Care Expert

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
Test water, customer service, cleaning the store

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
I like the friendly environment and ability to build relationships with customers.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
I like playing sports and spending time with friends.

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
Junior at Alexandria High School. Looking forward to playing football at Ivy Tech, I hear they are undefeated. I own every season of Gilmore Girls on DVD. I’m allergic to nickels too.


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Nate “The Great” Simpson

Assistant to the Branch Manager

PHONE: 765-702-1345

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
The selling of spas and furniture, testing customers water samples, providing expert advice on pools, spas and chemicals. As well as taking care of simple 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 (parents). I spend a majority of my time in class at Ball State studying Puppetry or playing sports. Evan is afraid to challenge me in a gentleman’s game of golf (he plays from the red tees).

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
I have a strong passion for sports. Even if I don’t play it, I know more than the average joe and will debate topics until I win. Last year was my first year in the Mermaid Fantasy Football league and I lost in the playoffs to the eventual champion (Mark). I can quote every line from the movies Step Brothers, Contact (with Jodie Foster) and Belleville Rendezvous (2003). I collect quarters from the state of Rhode Island.


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Danielle Thompson

Sales Associate

What are your responsibilities at Mermaid?
My responsibilities are to analyze water, educate our customers, provide out of this world customer service and maintain a clean & healthy work environment!

What do you like about Mermaid Pool Spa & Patio?
My favorite thing about Mermaid is the family oriented community. Both employees and customers are like family, we all care about each other.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working at Mermaid?
When I’m not at work, you can find me with my friends and family, spending my entire paycheck at the mall or at your local dog park (hanging out with my best friend Rutherford- my dachshund named after my favorite President Rutherford B. Hayes).

What would you like our customers to know about you that they might not know now?
I hate everything winter and wish it was warm year round. My goal is to step foot in all 50 states. I cry everytime I watch the Ellen show. My favorite things are Iced Caramel Lattes, Alex and Ani bracelets, and romantic comedies.


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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!


Rick Rhea

Pool Service Technician


Paul Parkhurst

Pool Installation Specialist


Kevin Parkhurst

Pool Installation Specialist


Tyler Conn

Pool Renovation Technician


Casey Parkhurst

Pool Renovation Technician


Jordan Leholm

Pool Technician