About Us

About Us

Over 70 Years, Brighton Pools® The Most Trusted Professional Swimming Pool Builders.  We’re locally owned right in your area serving Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Tennessee! 

With more repeat customers than anyone, we’re known for Exceptional Customer Service and Perfect Craftsmanship.  Experience Brighton!  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.  The Brighton management team has over 100 years of experience.  Our team members are our family.

Brighton top-tier services go well beyond our hometown borders of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, 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 (LC) 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.  From the beginning, we’ve focused on serving you, our clients, with professionalism.

Brighton Pools – Glen Burnie, Maryland | In 1957

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 number one priority.

Our Priorities

  • Pools built to last a lifetime
  • 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. 

To this day, Brighton Pools maintains strong roots in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia while serving clients across the nation and around the world.  Our swimming pool engineering is specified by architects, designers and engineers across the U.S. and the globe.

Brighton Pools – Federal Hill, Maryland  |  Harborview Condominium Tower

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 design and engineering, and pleased to offer a complete line of pool-related services to care for your swimming pool year-round as well.

  • 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.

Brighton Pools – Fairfax, Virginia

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 commercial pool construction project.

“You should know that people are saying great things about you and your efforts… I have had some experience in both general building and aquatic specific work, and I know that it is quite a process!”  John Barry, Head Diving Coach – American University Arlington, Virginia

The Brighton Pools® Client List Includes


  • The US President – Camp David
  • The US Secretary of the Navy
  • The US Army
  • The US Secret Service
  • The US Armed Services
  • The US Embassy – Cameroon, Africa
  • The US Navy
  • The US Naval Academy
  • The US Coast Guard

 Hotels, Condominiums and Properties

  • Ritz Carlton®
  • Marriott®
  • Embassy Suites®
  • Hampton Inn®
  • Holiday Inn®
  • Crowne Plaza®
  • Hilton®
  • Sheraton®
  • Royal Sonesta®
  • Harbor View Properties
  • Swirnow Holdings
  • Harkins Builders
  • Whiting and Turner
  • Clarke Construction
  • Kinsley Construction
  • Hitt Contracting
  • Aoki Construction

 Country Clubs and Parks

  • 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
  • Constitution Park
  • City of Gaithersburg Bohrer Water Park
  • Hashawha Environmental Recreation Camp

 Fitness Centers and Specialty

  • Lifetime Fitness® Centers
  • YMCA®
  • Bally’s® Fitness Centers
  • LA Fitness® 
  • Anytime Fitness Centers
  • Maryland Athletic Club (MAC)
  • Land Rover® Auto Parks
  • Scuba America®
  • Harbor View Marina Floating Pool

Brighton Pools – Cumberland, Maryland  |  Constitution Park Pool with 550,000 gallons!

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 50 years of experience in the swimming pool industry and 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. 

Under Gary‘s direction, Brighton Pools® has grown from a small local, family owned business founded in 1954 to one of the nations 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 2021 Brighton Pools was awarded “Top-Brand” as featured in the Franchise Journal.  In February of 2022, Gary was voted Elignable’s “Business Person of the Year”.  In January 2023 Brighton was again chosen for the fifth straight year — a “Top Three” Pool Builder.

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 Brighton 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
  • Riverside Condominiums – Belcamp, Maryland
  • Spring Arbor Community – Middletown, Delaware
  • Saint Jones Commons – Dover, Delaware
  • Angola by the Bay Community – Lewes, Delaware
  • The Seasons Condominiums – Alexandria, Virginia
  • 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
  • Lifetime Fitness® Centers – Fairfax, Virginia
  • Bally’s® Fitness Centers – Bayshore, New York
  • 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® (BBB) – 2023
  • Recipient of the BBB® Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics – 1998
  • Top Three Best Rated 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 – Excellence in Swimming Pool Companies
  • Alignable® Business Person of the Year, Gary Hohne – 2022
  • Alignable Highly Recommended – 2023
  • Angie® Highly Rated Elite Pro – 2023
  • 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
  • Cascade Industries Building and Design Awards
  • Sundance Spas® President’s Award
  • Sundance Spas – Worldwide Largest Volume Dealer Award
  • Sundance Spas Best Service Center Award (Jim Enfield, Manager)
  • BioGuard® Cyber Crest Swimming Pool Industry Award
  • National Swimming Pool Industry (NSPI) Design Awards

Affiliations & Organizations

  • National Swimming Pool Industry Association (NSPI)
  • Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP)
  • 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

Licenses, Certifications & States Served

    • Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) #20839 – Expires 07/29/2024
    • Maryland Construction Firm #30877118 
    • Maryland Certificate In Good Standing #D00234716
    • Delaware Business License #7244369 8210 | SR#20230167946 – Expires 02-01-2024
    • Delaware Middletown Business License #22-31927 – Expires 12/31/23
    • Pennsylvania Home Improvement Commission Registration #PA166207 – Expires 07/07/2025
    • New Jersey Division Of Consumer Affairs License #13VH12764700 – Expires #07/25/24
    • Virginia Class A Contractors License #2705185238 – Expires 01/31/2025
    • Virginia Commonwealth State Corporation Commission #11441759
    • West Virginia Contractors License – Pending
    • Better Business Bureau® (BBB) Accreditation | A+ Rating
    • Angi® / Home Advisor® Certifications | Elite Pro Rating
  • We’re happy to have provided this information; additional information may be obtained from your local jurisdiction or state agency.

Partnered With Only Best Major Brands

Structural, Equipment and Automation

    • Hayward® Filtration and Sanitation
    • Fox Pool® Products
    • Cardinal® Pool Systems
    • Jandy® Pool Products
    • Fluidra® Pool Products
    • Neptune Benson® Filtration
    • Hayward Heat Pumps and Chillers
    • Aqua Comfort® Heat Pumps and Chillers
    • Hayward Propane and Natural Gas Heaters
    • Thermo Dynamics Oil Heaters
    • Hayward App Based Automation
    • Jandy App Based Automation
  • HandiCap Accessibility, Rails and Ladders
    • S.R. Smith® Pool Products
    • Safetron® Rails and Ladders
    • Inter-Fab Rails and Ladders
    • Swan Rails and Ladders
  • Lighting, Fire and Water Features
    • Hayward Underwater Lighting
    • Sollos® Landscape Lighting
    • Grand Effects™ Fire and Water Features
    • Hayward Water Features
  • Mortar, Grout, Surfacers, and Caulk Sealants
    • Southern Grouts and Mortar
    • Lehigh® Cement
    • Mapei Sanded Grout and Mortar
    • Overcrete
    • SikaFlex
    • BASF® MasterSeal
    • Vulkem®
    • Deck-O-Seal®
  • Interior Finishes
    • SGM Diamond Brite™ Quartz
    • SGM Quartz Watercolors 
    • SGM River Rok™ Pebble/Glass Bead
    • NPT JewelScapes
    • Marbelite / Marcite Plaster
    • Olympic® Paint and Epoxy
    • Ramuc® Paint and Epoxy
  • Tile
    • Aqua Bella Tile®
    • US Pool Tile®
    • National Pool Tile (NPT)
    • Master Tile®
    • Artistry In Mosaics® Tile
  • Coping and Pavers
    • Artistic Coping and Remodel Pavers 
    • Marion Ceramics® Coping and Pavers
    • Elegance Coping and Pavers
    • Stone Solutions Coping and Deck Pavers
    • Natural Solutions Coping and Pavers
    • Harwood Coping and Deck Pavers
    • Woodward Coping and Deck Pavers
    • Delaware Brick and Stone Pavers
    • Rssy Coping and Deck Pavers
    • Hardscape.com® Remodel Pavers
    • Federal Stone® Coping
  • Liners, Membranes and Covers

    • Renolit® PVC Membranes
    • Alkoroplan™ PVC Membranes
    • Fox® Vinyl Liners
    • Merlin Vinyl Liners
    • Cardinal Vinyl Liners
    • Merlin Safety Covers
    • Meyco® Safety Covers
    • Core Spa Covers
    • Cover Valet™ Lifters
    • Cover Mate Lifters 

Brighton Pools – West Chester, Pennsylvania