About Us

Gary Pools has been building and servicing swimming pools in and around San Antonio and South Texas since 1954. We are the largest family owned and operated pool builder in Central and South Texas.

From residential and community pools, to pools and water features for hotels and commercial water parks, Gary Pools has earned a reputation for providing an enviable investment that will bring you pleasure for years to come.

About Our Owner

Leif Zars received his engineering degree from Georgia Tech and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Business after serving in the Navy. Leif was a research engineer for the Ethyl Corporation from 1946 to 1954. While there, he secured patents that changed blending plant design worldwide.

Under Leif Zars’ management, Gary Pools has built thousands of residential pools in Texas, and is the number one builder of pools for communities, institutions, hotels and motels throughout the state. Leif Zars continues to boldly lead Gary Pools and the pool industry into the future with innovations and improvements in pool design and safety.

Under Leif Zars’ long leadership, Gary Pools continues to rank as one of the country’s foremost innovators in the highly specialized pool design and construction field. He pioneered a monolithic wall to-wall cantilever structure to solve problems created by Texas’ expansive soil, and was responsible for developing a low-energy consumption swimming pool

Leif continues to be an active voice in the swimming pool industry at the national level, including serving as the Chairman of the National Spa and Pool Institute Builders Council for several years, and Chairman of the National Swimming Pool Foundation. He has developed special rolled reinforcing steel called Gary Vanaloy™ Steel for added strength in pool construction. It is used exclusively in Gary Swimming Pools. Additionally, Leif has designed, developed and produced a new main safety drain called the Primus® Safety Drain. This product was developed based on Leif’s studies on suction entrapment.