Jim Ciccone - 2013
Jim Ciccone has been servicing residential and commercial swimming pools for over 55 years. At 10 years old, he started cleaning swimming pools for his neighbors in Long Beach.
In 1990, Jim joined IPSSA and began teaching many trade classes in all aspects of the swimming pool industry. He served as Hemet Chapter President three times and as secretary/treasurer numerous times. He was also a Regional Director two times.
Jim was the first to push for the development of the IPSSA Scholarship fund for IPSSA members so they could continue their education. (The fund has since been opened to anyone in the swimming pool industry.) He continues his involvement with the IPSSA Scholarship Fund as a committee member. Jim supports the fund every year through the Region 6 Table Top Show, an initiative he started 19 years ago and continues to be active in. The show started with 30 vendors and is now up to a maximum attendance of 150 vendors.
During his 20 year career with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Jim was a key member of the Hemet Search and Rescue effort and served as president of the team for 5 years. This demanding job required 24/7 availability. At the request of his supervisors, Jim also served as a hostage negotiator – a challenging job that he soon distinguished himself in, receiving a “Sheriff of the Year” award in 1978. Upon the request of the Hemet Police Department, Jim also developed the Hemet Police Department volunteer program that involved citizens of Hemet and San Jacinto. It took 6 months to get the program off the ground and served over 150 members when Jim was still in the Sheriff’s Department. This program is still running and is over 25 years old. Jim continues to provide neighborhood watch programs to neighborhood communities when asked to. His programs are still utilized today and can be viewed on the internet.
Jim is always willing to help anyone in the pool service industry and enjoys mentoring both new and seasoned members. He has helped launch over a dozen people in new businesses, working to answer their questions and provide professional advice. He is always willing to lend a helping hand with the IPSSA booth at trade shows and is conscientious about recruiting prospective new members.
He still attends classes to stay current with new developments and regulations within the industry. Along with his pool servicing business and its extensive list of over 180 customers (many of them loyal for 20-plus years), Jim opened an online pool supply company that provides service to pool owners throughout the North County area of San Diego. He has a reputation among his customers as knowledgeable, professional, friendly, responsive, and devoted to the highest quality work. Jim holds a C-61 contractor’s license and a Los Angeles Health Department License.
Jim is dedicated to his commitment to be an active and friendly promoter of IPSSA – explaining our sick route program, our insurance, and the training we offer to our members at the chapter level. He is a conscientious, committed and true professional within our industry.