Galati Pools & Spas, as is often the case with a family business, was born out of necessity. It began when Bill and Jean Galati took their five young children to visit Bill’s sister Lee, in upstate New York. On Saturday morning Lee’s next door neighbor invited them to spend the day swimming in his newly installed inground swimming pool. The Galatis accepted his invitation and the afternoon became both great fun for the kids and relaxing for the adults.

Driving home that Sunday night, Bill and Jean talked about how great it would be to have their own pool. Upon returning home, Bill called the pool’s manufacturer, and much to his initial disappointment, was told that they had no pool builders in his area. They then asked him if he would be interested in establishing a dealership in the Hudson Valley.

Since his background was in a small family business -- his father founded a professional photography studio in Newburgh in 1913 -- Bill decided to give the offer some consideration. After talking to Jean and other family members he signed on with Cascade Industries and in April 1962 Buster Crabbe Pools of Newburgh was born.

For the first 10 years the business, which consisted solely of building new pools, was run from the Galati’s home. In 1972 as the pool industry grew and the market for pool supplies developed, the Galatis opened a retail store. The business eventually outgrew the original store and was moved to its present location in 1984. This larger store allowed the Galatis to display a number of portable spas and tap into the emerging Hudson Valley hot tub market.

In 1993 the decision was made to rename the business. Since for over three decades most people on the local level were buying a “Galati” pool it seemed natural to call the business Bill Galati Pools, Inc.

As the business continued to grow the retail showroom was remodeled and doubled in size. Once the expansion was completed the Galatis partnered with Watkins Manufacturing, the World’s leading portable spa manufacturer, becoming a Hot Spring Spa dealer in 1997.

This partnership was an instant success and soon the Galatis began offering the Watkins Caldera line of spas as well. As a result the Galatis quickly became a leader in the Hudson Valley hot tub market. The growth and success of the hot tub division led to the decision to rename the business -- Galati Pools & Spas.

After more then four decades, three generations, and scores of awards and recognitions, Galati Pools & Spas continues to maintain a strong commitment to satisfying existing customers’ pool and hot tub needs while striving to grow by attracting new customers and friends for the future.