Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a recurring AOAP feature shedding light on an Aquatics Professional who has risen above the competition. As with any item of recognition, Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one director whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a manager who was clearly in the limelight, or one whose work fell through the cracks a bit more among other stories. If your favorite aquatics director wasn’t selected, feel free to submit their name and information below for future consideration (they must be a member of AOAP to be considered).
April 2018 Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month
At age 12 Tim started assisting or “aiding” swim lesson instructors. It was volunteer work, but that was the start of his aquatic career. By 15 he was still teaching lessons and now lifeguarding and eventually working in admissions and concessions, spending almost every day from 7am-8pm swimming or working at the pool.
In high school Tim started the swim team, which he competed on at the varsity level for four years. The team is still going strong 21 years later.
Tim graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management. He knew after college his goal would be to get a full time position working in the aquatic industry. That opportunity came in 2006 with the Arlington Heights Park District as the Aquatic Facility Supervisor. Tim’s main responsibilities included managing 10 swim teams, water exercise classes, assisting in lifeguard training, organizing the birthday party program, and running the day to day operations of Olympic Indoor Swim Center.
While at The Arlington Heights Park District Tim added a swim team, grew the in house swim league program and the traveling competitive program, created other new programs and special events, and grew the water exercise program. Also, while working in Arlington Heights the aquatic department won the National Excellence in Aquatics Award, Olympic Indoor Swim Center was named the Arthritis Foundation’s Greater Chicagoland Site of the Year, and Tim received the Young Professional of the Year Award from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Facility Management Section.
In 2012 Tim accepted a position at the Bolingbrook Park District running Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park. He now oversees all things aquatics in Bolingbrook including 260 employees and around 150,000 annual visitors. He works with a marketing team to develop a unique marketing plan each year and a special recreation association to provide aquatic programming for adults and children with special needs. Since 2012, Tim has created a swim team program, been a part of the restructuring of the swim lesson program, and increased concession revenue and membership sales.
During Tim’s time at the Bolingbrook Park District he has received the Illinois Park and Recreation Facility Manager of the Year award as well as the Director’s Award for his involvement with the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation. The foundation raises funds for professionals and students to attend continuing educational programming. The foundation is also a “disaster relief” fund raising donations to assist a park and recreation agency in need after an unforeseen event, disaster, or tragedy.
For the last year, Tim has been an auditor with Starguard Elite as well as a lifeguard instructor trainer. Over the last 11 years he has also presented 13 times at conferences both locally and nationally. He is also on the alumni Advisory Council at Illinois State University where he gives curriculum suggestions to the faculty at the university based on industry trends.
Tim’s favorite parts of working in the aquatic industry are the people. Both staff and patrons make every day memorable and fun.
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