About Us

Founded By Experienced Lifeguards.

Wake Aquatic Partners was founded by seasoned lifeguards who have successfully managed large-scale swim clubs that receive over 1,000 guests in a day. Having a knowledgeable team with experience allows us to deliver high-quality service on all levels. From facility cleanliness to water safety, you can trust that our team has your back.

We are constantly striving to deliver our core mission: to ensure we create a unique guest experience found nowhere else. Our Swim Club guests experience resort-like relaxation through exceptional service, attention to detail, and extensive safety training.

Our Executive Team

Wake Aquatic Partners was founded on the belief that guest experience and safety should be prioritized above all else. We hold our team members to a unique set of fundamentals that creates a premier experience within your facility.

Jake Clifford Wake Aquatic Partners Pool Management
Jake Clifford

Founder

Jake Clifford is a Raleigh-based entrepreneur who sits on the board of two 501(c)(3) organizations and has founded multiple startups. Jake's entrepreneurial spirit started as far back as 2012. Over this time Jake has gained the skills and experience to run successful businesses. His ventures have primarily focused on digital consulting, social media, eCommerce, and web design. 

Jake attends Virginia Tech as an honors student pursuing his Business Management degree. Jake's aquatic career began at the age of 15 when he became a lifeguard at his local swim club. Since that time, he began building connections with members of the club as a Lifeguard Manager and was responsible for overseeing shifts with up to 1,000 guests.

Robert Horvath Wake Aquatic Partners Pool Management
Robert Horvath

Founder

Robert has been involved in the aquatics industry for over ten years. He was introduced to the world of aquatics at the age of ten when he began swimming competitively for a local year-round swim team. Beginning in 2016, Robert became a lifeguard manager at a large aquatic facility and has been a USA Certified Swim Coach since 2018.

Robert is currently CPO certified and is a fully enrolled student at NCSU, having made the Dean’s List during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. He has been involved in small businesses in the past and has been passionate about his various roles in aquatics.

Brandon King Wake Aquatic Partners Pool Management
Brandon King

Founder

Having been involved in the aquatics industry for over 13 years, Brandon King has had the opportunity to receive an extensive variety of certifications. Brandon graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry, while being EMT certified and having become a Volunteer Firefighter throughout his college career. After graduating, Brandon has become LGIT (Lifeguard Instructor Trainer) certified, CPOI (Certified Pool Operator Instructor) certified, a USA Swim Coach, NAUI Scuba certified, and has been very involved in the Rolesville/Wake Forest community.

Brandon was the Lifeguard Director and Head of Pool Maintenance at one of the largest aquatic facilities in Wake County. He was tasked with hiring and staffing fifty-plus lifeguards, maintaining a 60,000 square foot facility, and keeping proper pool chemistry and environmental cleanliness at the facility.

Jack Huffstetler

VP of Operations

Jack Huffstetler has been involved in the aquatics industry for the past five years and is currently enrolled in the nursing program at UNC Wilmington. Jack is CPO certified and has an extensive background in management. Jack oversees commercial facility operations to ensure our team members deliver exceptional service.

Kaitlyn Palmateer

Finance & Office Manager

Kaitlyn Palmateer has been involved in the aquatics industry for six years and is currently enrolled at Campbell University with plans to obtain a master's degree in accounting and become a CPA. Kaitlyn works alongside Jake by managing day to day operations related to accounting and administrative duties.

JOIN OUR TEAM

Looking For Exceptional Team Members

We strive to create a dynamic work environment where you feel valued and confident in your ability to provide care. Our unique training program with experienced instructors will prepare you for real-world situations.

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