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Featured Member Entrepreneur

  Robert Schuetz Nov 2009

Founder, FloatStorage.com®

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Our seventh feature to promote businesses of DEC Connection members is about Bob Schuetz of Dallas (below right), a former Regional and District Software Manager at DEC in Chicago, Seattle and Orange County CA, who really "used his noodle" to invent new devices for storing swimming pool equipment and toys - turning his inspiration into an award-winning online business.

The shining star of the float storage industry seems to be the “The Original Hanging Float Rack”® manufactured by floatstorage.com®. This innovative concept earned the distinction and the Reader’s Choice Award from Pool & Spa News Magazine in 2009. These hanging float racks can be mounted on almost any surface and offer excellent organization capabilities. There are two versions of the Hanging Float Rack®: the 3 Rack Model and the 6 Rack Model. Each is available in four great colors; White, Bronze, Putty and Gray. Floatstorage.com® also offers “The Original Hanging Fence Rack”™ made with the same durable, rust resistant material. It holds four floats, as well as noodles, swim toys and pool equipment nets and poles. It can accommodate inflatable pool floats and toys, as well as towels and bathing suits. Bob also invented an organizer for storing "noodles", “The Original Noodle House.”™also shown above.  You can read more about the specifics of his products in his press release on our website - click here - or on his website at the link below.

Bob got the idea for his invention about eight years ago while playing in the pool with his nephew. After playtime the pool deck had floats, “noodles”, swim toys, goggles, balls, and all sorts of other toys scattered about. While cleaning up he thought “there has to be a better way to store these things”. After thinking about it a while, he visited the nearest Home Depot’s PVC pipe department, and began imagining what a rack would look like. Now, eight years later, Bob has a Provisional Patent with the Utility Patent applied for, five Trademarks, and has had his products in several popular catalogs and major web sites.

Note from Webmaster:  I think Bob's invention is great and really "cool for the pool."  These devices would make great holiday gifts for your kids, grandkids and friends with swimming pools - or just forward the link above as an FYI.  DECconnection is all about supporting our own and this looks like an easy win-win!

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