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Meet Our Team

Meet the Venture Custom Pools Team

Venture Custom Pools is grounded in the belief that a company is only as good as the people that drive it. Our award-winning team of designers and project managers embrace the values, integrity and mission of our company. They are an integral part of everything we do. Each team member brings immense knowledge, expertise and experience to every project they design and build, creating unforgettable outdoor living spaces for our clients.

Meet The Owners

Meet The Team

Design Team

Andy Thompson

Senior Design Consultant
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Andy, a native Texan, grew up on his family’s farm in the Texas panhandle where he worked and enjoyed lots of outdoor activities while growing up. He received his Landscape Architecture degree at Texas Tech University and is also a Registered Landscape Architect with 25 years of experience designing outdoor spaces for residential and commercial projects.

Early in his career, he worked for several nationally recognized and award-winning architecture and engineering firms where he designed various projects such as swimming pools and amenity centers for neighborhood developments, large-scale water feature & landscape projects for commercial properties, and government design projects. He also spent some time working at Walt Disney World in Florida where he gained a large amount of experience about theme park and resort design. This overall experience has made him a well-rounded & creative pool & outdoor living designer. His expert knowledge of existing inventory of site conditions, site grading, soil conditions, structural considerations, and designing beautiful outdoor spaces with good form & function allow him to create unique & desirable resort-style pools and outdoor living spaces.

Design is his passion, and it shines through his projects as he welcomes the challenge of taking a client’s vision and turning it into reality. He designs spaces to give families the opportunity to create lasting memories in their backyard for years to come. This is something that is near to his heart, as he, his wife, and twin boys enjoy spending family time in their own pool. Andy is a patient, creative, and detailed designer that looks forward to working with you on your backyard oasis.

Brad Deering

Senior Project Designer
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Brad has spent the last 8 years in Project Design and Management with Venture Custom Pools. He comes from a long line of families that have dedicated themselves to the pool industry and redefined innovation and quality for custom outdoor living spaces.

His inspiration derives from Mediterranean pools from the Amalfi Coast in Italy and the Greek Islands. Brad enjoys designing modern impactful designs centered around natural landscapes.

When he isn’t busy designing breathtaking spaces, he enjoys vintage cars, real estate design and bird hunting.

Brett Dambold

Design Consultant
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Brett is a Lewisville, Texas native. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University as an economics major with a minor in finance.

He has always had an interest in construction and has a keen eye for detail and aesthetic design. He enjoys bringing his client’s vision to life in his pool designs and creating a space they love.

In his free time, he follows Texas Aggie football, St. Louis Cardinal baseball and likes barbecuing, hunting, fishing and tennis. He lives locally in Highland Village with his wife, son and German Shorthaired Pointer.

Douglas Webb

Senior Design Consultant
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Douglas graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA with a degree in Business. He also received a certification as a Certified Quality Facilitator from Crosby Quality College in Winter Park, Florida.

He is the past President of Colour Four Corporation – where he worked in collaboration with the art directors of Better Homes & Gardens, House and Garden Magazine and Vogue. Douglas is also the former CEO of The Success Planner and was an industrial screenwriter for Showcase Productions.

Known in the art community as London Thornberry, Douglas is a landscape artist who is fluent in the use of oil and watercolor. A recipient of the Obelisk Award from the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and the former President of the Southwest Prepress Association, Douglas has talents in many areas and now shares them with his clients at Venture Custom Pools.

His hobbies include field sketching and alla prima (done in one session) oil painting. Having lived in South Carolina for three years, he has found that the beauty of the state is his favorite artistic subject. His greatest artistic influencers are NC Wyeth, Thomas Cole and Chris Long.

Douglas also enjoys mountain biking, writing novels and studying ancient Rome. Having lived and studied in Spain, his hobbies are an extension of the experiences he had when living abroad.

Gregg Whitley

Director of Design
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Following my formal college education with degrees in design, graphic communication and printing theory, I went to work at one of the largest wineries in the world. After seven years of overseeing many facets in the wine industry, I was ready to embark on a new opportunity that could directly make a lifelong impact for individuals, families and business. My love for design combined with my project solution approach was a perfect match for the residential and commercial swimming pool industry.

Since the 90’s, I have been helping customers with their swimming pool and outdoor living projects. I’ve had the opportunity to work on projects ranging from your fun family backyard pool to projects with extreme engineering feats to vessels of water with vanishing edges and perimeter overflows.

Through the years, I have had the honor to be part of projects that have earned regional, national and international awards for design and pools with complex engineering solutions.

I am active in continuing education through national design courses, industry seminars and global travel to experience the world of natural elements, innovative building practices, historical and architectural achievements.

The swimming pool industry has allowed me the opportunity to help thousands of families and commercial developments see their project become a reality and come to life!

Ken Green

Senior Design Consultant
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Ken joined the Venture team after working for the Texas Rangers for over a decade. His experience with the Major Baseball League helped to shape this next chapter in his life. A graduate of Texas A&M University in College
Station, TX, he is a proud Aggie committed to the excellence and traditions that run deep within Aggieland.

Ken has a passion for design and enjoys creating outdoor spaces that become an extension of his clients homes and enhance their quality of life.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys sports, building, architecture and the latest clothing trends.

Mark Leuthold

Senior Design Consultant
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Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the pool industry and brings his wealth of expertise and knowledge to every project he oversees. He started his own pool service company in the early 90’s and fostered a deep passion for this dynamic industry. Mark has been with Venture Custom Pools as a project designer for over 10 years.

When Mark is not working, he enjoys fishing, watching sports, photography and dabbling in home improvement projects.

Michael Winter

Design Consultant
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Construction Team