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Our Leadership

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Austin Bildstein
President and General Manager

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Austin joined Kentuckiana Pool Management in 2023 joining The Pool Management Group leadership team.  Austin is a native Iowan and attended Luther College where he graduated with a B.S in Management and Communications.  Austin was a four-year letterman in basketball and team captain his senior year at Luther College. 


Prior to joining Kentuckiana Pool Management, Austin was with CRST, The Transportation Solution Inc. where he held the title of Director of Operations for the Health Sciences division in Louisville, KY that delivered lifesaving pharmaceuticals to patients in the US and Canada. 

About Our Team

Kentuckiana Pool Management  provides pool management, lifeguard staffing services and pool maintenance services across Greater Louisville.   

We operate in the following areas: Oldham County, Prospect, Middletown, South Louisville, East End, Jeffersontown, Mount Washington, University of Louisville and surrounding areas. 

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Frank Zebich 
Director of Pool Operations

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Frank Zebich has been with Kentuckiana Pool Management Since 1998.  He started as a Pool Manager and worked his way up to Director of Pool Operations.  Frank graduated from Eastern High School (1996) and the University of Louisville (2000).  At Eastern High School Frank lettered in football and track and in football at the University of Louisville.  Frank has a Bachelors Degree in Sports Administration with a Minor in Marketing.  Currently, Frank is a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) and a Louisville Metro Lifeguard with certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR.

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J.C. Barnett 
Director of Safety Operations and Education

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J. C. started with Kentuckiana Pool Management in 2004.  He is also a native Louisvillian and a graduate of Westport High School, Pasadena City College and California State University at Northridge. He was previously the Director of Aquatics at the Jewish Community Center.  He has been a head coach at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA and Ballard High School in Louisville.  He currently is Head Swim Coach for DuPont Manual High school.   J.C. has been a leader in Aquatic Safety in the Louisville area for the last 20 years.  He is an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, a Metro Louisville Health Department Lifeguard Trainer and a Certified Pool Operator.

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Cavan Smith

Director of Personnel

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Cavan joined Kentuckiana Pool Management in 2010 as a lifeguard and has worked his way up to Director of Personnel. He graduated from Ballard High School is 2012 where he swam and played baseball. He then graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2016 with a major in Sports Management and a minor in Facility and Event Management. He is a Certified Pool Operator and is a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard.

Maddie Shankle

Human Resource Director

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Maddie joined Kentuckiana Pool Management in 2019 as a pool supervisor. She quickly moved up as their Human Resources Director in 2020. Maddie graduated from Ballard High School in 2017, where she lettered in swimming and choir. Maddie has been in the aquatics industry for 8 years as of 2023. She has been certified as a swim instructor, lifeguard instructor and pool operator. She also has certifications in American Red Cross lifeguard, CPR, AED and first aid

Jacob Young

Regional Director

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Jacob started with KPM in 2023. Before joining the team, he worked at the Northeast YMCA as the Aquatics Operations Director where he was responsible for hiring, training, and supervising lifeguard staff and day to day pool operations. Jacob is a Certified Pool Operator. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, he graduated Eastern High School in 2016 where he lettered in wrestling. 

Our Safety Advisors

As part of The Pool Management Group network, our customers and employees receive the expertise of our internationally renowned Safety Advisors, Dr. Tom Griffiths and the team at Aquatic Safety Research Group. Their expertise is instilled throughout our risk reduction techniques and lifeguard training.  

Dr. Griffiths was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is a Paragon Safety Award winner for his water safety efforts. He has been awarded the National Recreation and Park Association Distinguished Aquatic Service Award for a lifetime achievement and designated a European Lifeguard Academy Friend of the Academy for significant contributions to preventive Lifeguarding. Dr. Griffiths has also been named to  “Who’s Who in Aquatics- The Top 100”, and “Power 25- Top 25 most powerful aquatics professionals in the World”, by Aquatics International Magazine.

Dr. Griffiths has authored more than 300 papers that have been published in scientific, professional and popular journals. He is an external reviewer for the American Red Cross Swimming and Diving publications. 

The Pool Management Group

Our parent company, The Pool Management Group, and the 16 other companies in The Pool Management Group support Kentuckiana Pool Management in our operations. In fact, the employees at headquarters don't run any pools directly. Instead, they're solely dedicated to assisting the various locations in our family of companies. 

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