After more than two decades, the “ambassador” of Pebble Tec is no longer with the company.
Terry Jirovsky had been president/CEO of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based
Pebble Technology Inc. since 2005, and was among the founders of
the Pebble Tec brand dating to 1989.
The firm announced last month that Chief Financial Officer Darrell
Eckstein would take on the additional role of president/chief
executive. Eckstein joined Pebble Technology in 2006.
In addition, as part of the restructuring of top management, Bob
Haning has been promoted to executive vice president, sales and
marketing at PTI. Haning served for the past year as the
company’s vice president of sales and marketing. He spent the
previous 25 years with Jandy Pool Products and, more recently,
Zodiac Pool Systems.
For his part, Jirovsky was taken aback by the decision to let him
“After 11 years as president I was, to say the least, shocked
and hurt to hear recently that the Pebble Tec board decided to
‘make a change’ and terminate my employment,”
Jirovsky wrote in a statement to Pool & Spa News.
He went on to praise the “many talented, passionate and
wonderful people” he worked with throughout his tenure.
“I have … made many friends and fostered many business
relationships that I pray will last a lifetime,” Jirovsky
continued. “I will be forever proud of our accomplishments.
… I am excited about the future of this industry as I move
into the next phase of my life and career.”
Jirovsky remains linked to the company in more than just history:
He is still a PTI shareholder, and his son, Stan, is a regional
Across the country, reaction to Jirovsky’s departure among
Pebble Tec customers was fairly consistent. In an industry where
business relationships often begin with a handshake, Jirovsky was a
“It’s disappointing to lose a friend,” said
Charlie Claffey, president of Claffey Pools, a Pool & Spa News Top Builder based in Dallas. “Terry’s one
of the finest guys in this industry, and the words from his mouth
Despite a recent influx of competition to the aggregate finish
market, his firm has utilized Pebble Tec exclusively for the past
six years, Claffey added.
Indeed, while sentiment for Jirovsky clearly runs deep, loyalty to
the product appears just as solid.
Perhaps Christopher Crosby best summed it up: “Terry was the
ambassador and the face of Pebble Technology, as well as being a
great friend,” said Crosby, co-owner of A&B Pool Services
in Fort Worth, Texas. “But I think applicators and builders
should take a deep breath, settle in and just see how it all shakes