Jacque Marais started working in the pool industry with a partner in 2005 but they parted ways by the end of 2005. Jacque Marais started Atlantic Pools and Ponds in December 2005 with very little cash, bills to pay, a Corsa bakkie and a Venter trailer. Jacque sold the trailer to buy the solar panels that he needed for his very first installation job. He started off concentrating on the smaller jobs, such as replacing and repairing of pump, filters and solar heating. Atlantic Pools and Ponds built its business on trust, integrity and pride in its work and it has grown steadily over the past couple of years without overextending its resources. Key to its success are the partnerships that it has built over the years with other small businesses (landscapers, property management companies, etc.) and most importantly putting their client’s interests first. Atlantic Pools and Ponds currently employ six fulltime staff and have three vehicles on the road.