Trendsetter to Know: Chad Nikkel

Name: Chad Nikkel

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Age: 43

Title: President / CEO of Aquaman Pools, LLC and Aqua Touch Pool Purification

Married/Single: Married

Kids: One 18-year-old son who is a Sophomore at Barrett Honors College at ASU.

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes…

a cup of coffee from Starbucks to start. Generally, the office first to make sure my team has everything they need for the day. At some point, you can find me either at Lifetime Fitness pounding out some cardio or on a hike in our beautiful desert. I also mentor fellow up and coming Entrepreneurs so will likely be at a lunch or having a happy hour cocktail with someone talking about growing their business.

I was born…

in Wichita, KS. Yes, I know Dorothy and all that…

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the great weather. Also, we have access to amazing day trips all close by. Our state offers a broad range of activities all around us.

I’m listening to…

a lot of country these days. Bringing me back to my Midwest roots.

My family…

would like me to settle down and spend more time staying home. I love to travel and am always looking for adventure so sometimes it becomes a lot for them.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my mom one more time.

One thing I cannot live without…

coffee…maybe vodka too?

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a fighter pilot. Love Top Gun…I did get my private pilot’s license so maybe that’s a start?

I’m inspired by…

positive people and connection.

The one person who motivates me is…

Jesse Itzler. Never give up!

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

negativity around us. The world would be so much better if everyone would have a brighter outlook on life.

The perfect day would be…

pull anchor on my sailboat from a cove in the Bahamas and sail to a beach with no one around to spend the day.

My first job was…

finish carpenter building cabinets for custom homes.

My favorite escape…

international travel and adventure.

My life…

as a busy entrepreneur, I am always looking to impact those around me and looking for my next thing.

I’m currently working on…

building stronger connections with those I encounter and around me. I love and crave connection and it is what feeds my life.

Always…

enjoy life!

Never…

stop fighting for what you believe in.

Favorite Quote…

happiness is a direction not a place.

Biggest Dream…

is to live by the ocean.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

judgmental people. Learn to know someone and enrich your life. Don’t judge people.

More about Chad…

I own Aquaman Pools, LLC and Aqua Touch Pool Purification, which are pool service, repair, and remodeling companies based in Scottsdale, AZ. We also process over mineralized pool water with Mobile Reverse Osmosis instead of draining pools in the process save thousands of gallons of water from being wasted down the drain each year while conserving it for future use in our desert.

I am a serial Entrepreneur and this is company #10 for me since starting my first company at 15 years old.

I also sit on the board for Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) (AZ Chapter) which is an organization of 14,000 entrepreneurs from around the world. EO’s mission is to impact the world with the most influential group of entrepreneurs.



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