Parker County Today May 2016 - Page 48

David S. Irvin’s Positively Parker County MAY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY The Clark family of Pulliam Pools 46 Mike Clark started his career with Pulliam Pools in 1985 when Barry Pulliam took over as the third generation of Pulliams to hold the reins of the company. Mike learned a great deal from him. Mike’s earliest recollection is sitting on the floor of the new location on Old Granbury Road calling old customers to get referrals. The office furniture had not yet arrived and they just jumped right into working. He has been witness to many changes in the company over the years. When technology started expanding exponentially, Mike spent time learning 3D Design and brought Pulliam’s design team into a new era of pool design. At first, Mike hardly knew how to turn on a computer, but he was a fast learner. Eventually his talent and skills propelled the company into technologically savvy territory. “Pool design has definitely evolved over the years and staying on top of continuous regulatory changes and city codes has made the permit process cumbersome in many cities,” Mike said. When Barry Pulliam was eying retirement, Mike Clark and another valued Pulliam employee Debra Smith made an offer to purchase the company and Pulliam agreed. That was eight years ago. Recently, Mike and Debra held a gala to celebrate Pulliam Pool’s 100th Anniversary in business. The guest list read like a Who’s Who of North Texas. Mike Clark and his wife, Susan, have one son named Jared, who is pursuing his engineering degree at Texas A&M. Jared represents the second generation of Clarks to work at Pulliam. For now, he’s there during spring breaks and summer months, but who knows what the future might bring? Susan is a photographer who photographs pools for Pulliam and she helps out at the Pulliam home office when needed. About Irvin David S. Irvin, The Portrait Photographers, is nationally recognized photographer. Irvin has photographed six presidents and a variety of celebrities, including Garth Brooks and Nolan Ryan. He has also been recognized by Kodak as one of the top 25 photographers in the United States. Irvin photographs notable families in the Fort Worth area who have ties to area businesses. To see additional photos by David S. Irvin, visit www.dsirvin.com