Dick Hoover: A Career Well Spent – 52 Years at Pentair
Over the last 52 years, many things at Pentair have changed, but two things that haven’t are its values and Richard “Dick” Hoover. However on April 30, 2019, things will change again and Hoover will retire.
Hoover is described by those who have worked with him over the years as driven, focused, dedicated and “the nicest man you’ll ever meet”. That reputation of hard work has taken him from sweeping floors in the manufacturing facility to training dealers on how to use Pentair products across the United States.
In August 1966, Hoover was looking for a job and was hired as a general laborer with Pentair Sta-Rite in Burlington, Wis. Because he was under 18, he couldn’t operate a motor so he swept the floors and stocked materials in injection molding. Within 19 months of starting, Hoover was drafted into the United States Army.
Hoover served his country honorably in during the Vietnam War. He was a Specialist 4th class, helicopter crew chief and maintained the AH-1 Cobra Gunship. After 18 months of service, he was honorably discharged and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.
After the war, Hoover returned to Pentair Sta-Rite, where he worked his way up becoming the OEM plastic sales manager and in 1995 he moved into Technical Service.
In 1997 when the Max-E-Therm® High Performance Pool and Spa Heater was launched, Hoover saw the opportunity to learn more. He was trained on how to service the heater and then trained others and worked in the field.
Still wanting to learn more, at age 57, Hoover went back to school. That same year, a position opened up on the training team, which would require frequent travel and he knew this was something he wanted to do. Hoover applied for the position, worked with his manager to be successful and was the valedictorian of his graduating class of 123 students.
For the last 13 years, Hoover has traveled around the United States as a Regional Training Manager where training dealers on all products for pools and spas produced by Pentair, specializing on the MasterTemp® High Performance Heater and the Max-E-Therm.
“Being able to do a lot of traveling and meet so many different people has meant the world to me,” Hoover said when reflecting about his time at Pentair. “But I couldn’t have done it without my wife supporting me 100%. I’ve enjoyed it so much. I’ll definitely miss the people the most. All of them.”
“Dick has been a true asset to our team,” said Sue Robach, National Training Manager. “Not only is he an excellent trainer, but he is a great teammate, a good friend and he will be sorely missed at Pentair.”
As Hoover prepares to say goodbye to his Pentair family, he is also looking forward to his future. “I’m looking forward to spending time with my wife and she’s already got my ‘honey do’ list ready,” he said. “We’ve already got a trip scheduled to Florida and a 16-day cruise through the Panama Canal.”
We would like to thank Dick for all of his contributions over the last 52 years to Pentair and wish him the best in retirement!