Team Spotlight: Neil Whitmore
Neil Whitmore has worked with Solar Pool Technologies as a Mechanical Engineering Technician since 2018. He troubleshoots and repairs Solar-Breeze NX2s, and consistently provides solutions to improve the pool skimming product that you know and love. Get to know the New York native in this Q&A:
What are three words you would use to describe SPT?
Innovative. Cutting edge. Forward thinking.
What is the best aspect of your job?
The best part of my job is the little improvement victories that are won. In our most recent design review, it was determined that the basic design cleans the surface of the pool very well and that pool owners are thrilled. It was also made clear, however, that some of the individual parts should be more robust to provide the longevity and reliability that our customers deserve. We are working with a new professional engineering group and are on our way to realizing this in a new generation of Solar-Breeze.
How did you get started in your engineering career?
I come from a farming background and was always working on mechanical repairs and upgrades. For seven years I did the assembly for scientific equipment that was shipped to universities and scientists all over the world. For three years I was the prototype technician for blood flow meters that surgeons used while performing bypasses.
What’s the oddest or weirdest job you have ever had?
I worked in a salt mine for a year. Great place to learn engineering principles. Being underground was weird. If you turned your cap-lamp off, you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. Some of the strangest work I did was on the farm dealing with the postpartum needs of bovine. Yuck… I guess I was never meant to be a veterinarian.
Growing up, what did you aspire to be?
What is your favorite drink to sip by the pool?
Home grown chocolate mint iced tea.
What is the best advice you ever received?
What are you known for?
I have been called the ‘gadget master’.
If you could choose anyone, who would be your mentor?
My nephew dean – he is a steady guy, innovative, kind, and thoughtful and an amazing father.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I am a licensed massage therapist. I also help my wife with her side business. She does the sewing and together we do the assembly for firearm rests for Phoenix Shooting Bags. I developed a pump to fill and pressurize these shooting bags with Styrofoam filler. With improvements to this technology we’ve gone from filling the bags in four minutes to 30 seconds.
What is your favorite song?
Favorite artist to listen to on a pool day?
Billy Joel or Dean Martin
What is your favorite quote?
“If you want to know the easiest way to accomplish a task, ask the laziest person you know.” People ask me stuff all the time.
Canon ball, belly flop or dive?