About Us

About Us

For 70 years, Brighton Pools® has been the top swimming pool builder in Maryland, surrounding states and the U.S.!  With more repeat customers than anyone, we’re known in our flagship territory for exceptional customer service and perfect craftsmanship.  We are the best of the best when it comes to expert swimming pool construction, renovation, maintenance, water chemistry, and supply.  Our customers keep coming back.

“Excellent job Gary, I appreciate your thoroughness and dedication!”
Dorothy Hamill, Olympic World Champion Figure Skater – Baltimore, Maryland

One of the Brighton mantras includes recognizing the extraordinary value our team members provide our customers.  The extensive training and employee care our well-trained crews enjoy is sure to make your project run smoothly and with the quality you expect.  They communicate directly with the highest level of management daily reiterating your thoughts and comments.  The Brighton employee averages a longevity of 25 years with the company.  Our workers are our family. 

Brighton top-tier services go well beyond our hometown borders of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia to a newfound nationwide presence — it’s through our trusted designer and partners that our customers still gain the same exceptional Brighton Pools® service in their areas.

Leroy Carl Hohne, Our Founder

We didn’t start out as Brighton Pools® — originally, our customers knew us as Hohne Pools.  Hohne Pools was established by Mr. Hohne in 1954 (retired 1982) who pioneered residential pool building for middle class America.  Each and every customer was sure to be satisfied with his perfect craftsmanship. In 2021, during our major expansion, we changed our name to Brighton Pools as a way to welcome in our new partners, designers and clientele.

Since the 1980’s, Gary W. Hohne, President & CEO, has led the company, continuing it’s legendary service and craftsmanship with residential and commercial projects world-wide. Customer satisfaction is the priority.

Our priorities

  • Exceptional customer service and satisfaction
  • Excellence in pool design, engineering and craftsmanship
  • Providing the most experienced skilled designers, installers, masons and technicians
  • Offering the latest energy saving and maintenance-reducing technology in pool products

We’ve built and serviced more than 25,000 pool and spa installations and renovations in ten states, four countries and three continents.  From the beginning, we’ve focused on serving you, our clients, with professionalism.  To this day, Brighton Pools maintains strong roots in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia while serving clients across the nation and around the world.

Our Swimming pool and spa services

Brighton Pools® is an award-winning pool building company too.  We’re humbled by the honors we received for our design and engineering, and pleased to offer a complete line of pool-related services to care for your swimming pool year-round.

  • Residential Pool Building
  • Commercial and Institutional Pool Building
  • Renovation, Remodeling and Repair
  • Concrete Deck and Paver Patio Replacement
  • Equipment Service, Repair & Replacement
  • Safety and Solar Covers
  • Maintenance including Openings, Closings, and Weekly Maintenance
  • Chemicals, Supplies and Parts
  • Home Buyer and Commercial Pool Inspections
  • Pool Fill-In and Removal

Whether you’re renovating or building an in-ground concrete pool or a vinyl-lined pool, you’ll appreciate our long track record of building truly breathtaking swimming pools.  Discover the peace of mind that comes with hiring one of the most experienced pool contractors in the nation — Brighton Pools means peace of mind!

Brighton Pools is your pool supply headquarters.  We’ve got the latest water quality products and other pool products.  From skimmers to filters, from pool pumps and diving boards to pool heaters and lining repair kits – you’ll find it all at Brighton.

Our Staff: Well-Trained, Experienced Swimming Pool Professionals

Brighton Pools® has provided well-trained, professional experienced pool technicians and installers throughout its 70-year history for clients worldwide.

Our staff includes top level professionals – hardworking men and women who take pride in their work. The experience they bring to the Brighton team is what makes a Brighton pool a well-built pool and a service work ethic second to none.  Our entire team looks forward to working with you.

Meet Some of Our Clients

Our client roster includes high-profile resorts, country clubs, swim clubs, luxury hotels, and government institutions.  Designing the world’s top swimming and dive pools gives us a breadth of experience to handle any pool construction project.

The Brighton Pools client list includes

  • The US President
  • The US Secretary of the Navy
  • The US Army
  • The US Secret Service
  • The US Armed Services
  • The US Embassy – Cameroon, Africa
  • The US Naval Academy
  • The US Coast Guard
  • YMCA®
  • Ritz Carlton®
  • Marriott®
  • Embassy Suites®
  • Hampton Inn®
  • Holiday Inn®
  • Crowne Plaza®
  • Monterey Country Club
  • Rehoboth Beach Country Club
  • Greenville Country Club
  • Gettysburg Country Club
  • Hillendale Country Club
  • Greenwich Water Club
  • Arlington Swim Club
  • Maryland Yacht Club
  • Woodmont Country Club
  • Lifetime Fitness® Centers
  • Bally’s® Fitness Centers
  • Maryland Athletic Club (MAC)
  • Harbor View Tower
  • Harbor View Marina Floating Pool
  • Harbor View Apartments
  • Harbor View Towns
  • Scuba America®
  • Land Rover® Auto Parks

Choose a pool builder with the know-how, track record, and resources to deliver results – choose Brighton Pools. We look forward to getting started on your project.

About Gary Hohne, President & CEO


Gary William Hohne,
Our President & CEO         

With more than 45 years of experience in the swimming pool industry as an international builder of residential, commercial and institutional projects more than 15,000 pools and spas have been designed, built, installed or renovated under Gary’s supervision.  Gary has served clients in ten states, four countries, and three continents.  Under Gary‘s direction, Brighton Pools® has grown from a small local, family owned business founded in 1954 to one of the region’s most respected and recognizable builders.

The company is a recipient of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award for marketplace ethics and was recognized by Sundance Spas as the highest volume single store retailer in the world.  In February of 2022, Gary was voted Elignable’s “Business Person of the Year”.  In March 2021 Brighton Pools was awarded “Top-Brand” featured in the Franchise Journal.

As a national pool industry expert, Gary has been called on by the American Red Cross, the national swimming pool foundation, CBS and WJZ TV news, families online magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore magazine and other swim and leisure publications to discuss pool building, swim safety and aquatic fitness.

Notable Projects

  • Woodmont Country Club – Rockville, Maryland
  • Monterey Country Club – Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
  • Hillendale Country Club – Phoenix, Maryland
  • Arlington Swim Club – Arlington, Virginia
  • Five Oaks Swim Club – Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Greenwich Water Club – Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Arlington Echo Club – Millersville, Maryland
  • Herons Cove – Montgomery Village, Maryland
  • Montgomery Village – Montgomery Village, Maryland
  • The Ridgely Condominium Tower – Towson, Maryland
  • Spring Arbor Community – Middletown, Delaware
  • Saint Jones Commons – Dover, Delaware
  • Angola by the Bay Community – Lewes, Delaware
  • Camp David – Thurmont, Maryland
  • United States Joint Base Andrews (AFB) – Suitland, Maryland
  • United States Joint Base McGuire Fort Dix – Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • United States Army Base – Fort Detrick, Maryland
  • United States Army Base – Reece Crossings Community Pool – Fort Meade, Maryland
  • United States Army Base – Bayside Community Pool – Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
  • United States Coast Guard – Curtis Bay, Maryland
  • Hyatt Place Inner Harbor Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hampton Inn® – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sheraton® City Center Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Royal Sonesta® Harbor Court Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hampton Inn® – Bedford, Pennsylvania
  • Family YMCA® – Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Family YMCA – Easton, Maryland
  • Granbury – Dallas, Texas
  • Kanawha – Charleston, West Virginia
  • Oak Bluffs – Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Howard County Public Schools – Columbia, Maryland
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools – Beltsville, Maryland
  • Morgan State University – Baltimore, Maryland
  • City of Gaithersburg Water Park at Bohrer Park – Gaithersburg, Maryland

Honors & Awards

  • A+ Rated and Accredited with the Better Business Bureau® – 2022
  • Recipient of the BBB® Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics
  • Top Three Best Rated 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 – Excellence in Swimming Pool Companies
  • Alignable® Business Person of the Year, Gary Hohne – 2022
  • Alignable Highly Recommended – 2022
  • Angie® Highly Rated Elite-Pro – 2022
  • Home Advisor® Five-Star Award – 2021
  • Franchise Journal® – Top Brand Award 2021
  • Best of Houzz® – Top Rated pool builder Award
  • Recognized as a top-rated 100 pool builder in America
  • Cal Ripken Stadium Best of New Construction Community Service Award
  • Sundance Spas® President’s Award
  • Sundance Spas Worldwide Largest Volume Dealer Award
  • Sundance Spas Best Service Center Award
  • BioGuard® Cyber Crest Swimming Pool Industry Award
  • National Swimming Pool Industry (NSPI) Design and Engineering

Affiliations & Organizations

  • National Swimming Pool Industry Association
  • Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
  • American Concrete Institute®
  • American National Standards Institute®
  • National Plasterers Council
  • Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
  • BioGuard® Pool & Spa Products
  • Sundance Spas® Dealer Advisory Panel
  • Cascade Industries Dealer Advisory Panel
  • Pacific Marquis® Spas Dealer Advisory Panel
  • Energy Star® Performance Products

Brighton Pools Licenses & Certifications

    • Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) #20839
    • Maryland Construction Firm #30877118
    • Maryland Certificate In Good Standing #D00234716
    • Virginia Commonwealth State Corporation Commission #11441759
    • Pennsylvania Home Improvement Commission (HIC) Registration #PA166207
    • Delaware Middletown Business License #22-31927
    • Better Business Bureau® (BBB) Accreditation | A+ Rating
    • Angi / Home Advisor Certifications | Elite Pro Rating

Only The Best Major Brands Carried

    • Hayward® Pool Equipment
    • Fox Pool® Products
    • Cardinal® Systems
    • Jandy® Pool Products
    • Neptune Benson® Equipment
    • Aqua Comfort® Heaters and Chillers
    • SGM Diamond Brite® and River Roc
    • Lehigh® Cement
    • Mapei® Sanded Grout and Mortar
    • US Pool Tile®
    • Aqua Bella Tile®
    • Artistry In Mosaics®
    • Federal Stone® Coping
    • Marion Ceramics® Coping and Pavers
    • Harwood Landscaping Coping and Pavers
    • Stone Solutions Coping and Pavers
    • Merlin® Liners and Safety Covers
    • Core Spa Covers
    • Cover Valet Lifters
    • Renolit® PVC Membranes
    • BioGuard® Pool Products
    • Haviland® Pool Products
    • S.R. Smith® Pool Products
    • Safetron® Rails and Ladders