About Us

About Us

For nearly 70 years, Brighton Pools® has been the top swimming pool builder in Maryland! 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 renovation, maintenance, water chemistry, and supply.

Our 2021 franchise expansion has allowed us to share our top-tier services beyond the borders of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware to a newfound nationwide presence — it’s through our trusted franchise partners that our customers still gain the same exceptional Brighton Pools® service in their locale.

Leroy Carl Hohne, Our Founder

We didn’t start out as Brighton Pools® — originally, our customers knew us as Hohne Pools®.  Brighton 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 franchise rollout, we changed our name to Brighton Pools® as a way to welcome in new franchise owners and new clientele.

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

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

Our Services

Brighton Pools® is an award-winning pool building company. We’re proud of those honors, and we’re proud to offer a complete line of pool-related services to care for your swimming pool year-round.

Our swimming pool services

  • Commercial Pool Building
  • Residential Pool Building
  • Renovation and Remodeling
  • Deck and Patio Replacement
  • Equipment Repair & Replacement
  • Safety Covers
  • Service including Openings, Closings, and Weekly Maintenance
  • Chemicals and Parts
  • Inspections
  • Pool and Spa 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 breath-taking 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 Pool Professionals

Brighton Pools® has employed the top pool technicians and installers throughout its 70-year history.

Our staff includes experienced pool construction professionals – hard-working 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.

Meet Some of Our Clients

Our client roster includes high-profile resorts, country 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 client list includes

  • The US President
  • The US Secretary of the Navy
  • 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®
  • Crown Plaza®
  • Monterey Country Club
  • Rehoboth Beach Country Club
  • Greenville Country Club
  • Gettysburg Country Club
  • Hillendale Country Club
  • Greenwich Water Club
  • Maryland Yacht Club
  • Woodmont Country Club
  • Scuba America®
  • Land Rover®

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 45+ years of experience in pool building, renovating and maintaining swimming pools, Gary has had the opportunity to work with top professionals in our industry.  As an international builder more than 15,000 pools and spas have been designed, built, installed or renovated under Gary’s supervision. Gary has served clients in four countries and 10 states. 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 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”.

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.

Recent Notable Projects

  • Monterey Country Club – Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
  • Herons Cove – Montgomery Village, Maryland
  • Joint Base Andrews – Suitland, Maryland
  • United States Coast Guard – Curtis Bay, Maryland
  • The Ridgely Condominium Tower – Towson, Maryland
  • Hyatt Place Inner Harbor Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hampton Inn – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Spring Arbor Community – Middletown, Delaware
  • Saint Jones Commons – Dover, Delaware
  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hampton Inn – Bedford, Pennsylvania
  • Hillendale Country Club – Phoenix, Maryland
  • Family YMCA – Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Family YMCA – Easton, Maryland
  • Greenwich Water Club – Greenwich, Connecticut
  • United States Army Base – Fort Detrick, Maryland
  • Howard County Public Schools – Columbia, Maryland
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools – Beltsville, Maryland
  • Morgan State University – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Woodmont Country Club – Rockville, Maryland
  • United States Army Reece Crossings Community Pool – Fort Meade, Maryland
  • United States Army Bayside Community Pool – Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
  • Sheraton City Center Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hampton Inn – Bedford, Pennsylvania
  • Arlington Echo – Millersville, Maryland

Honors & Awards

  • A+ Rated and Accredited with the Better Business Bureau
  • Recipient of the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics
  • Top Three Best Rated 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 – Excellence in Swimming Pool Companies
  • Alignable Business Person of the Year – 2022
  • Best of Houzz 2014 as a top rated pool
  • Recognized as a top-rated 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
  • Sundance Spas Best Service Center
  • BioGuard CyberCrest Swimming Pool Industry Award
  • National Swimming Pool Industry (NSPI) Design and Engineering


  • National Swimming Pool Industry Association
  • Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
  • Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
  • BioGuard Pool & Spa Products
  • Sundance Spas Dealer Advisory Panel
  • Cascade Industries Dealer Advisory Panel
  • Pacific Marquis Spas Dealer Advisory Panel