The Power 25

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    Jeff Ellis

    When there's talk of leaders in aquatic safety, Jeff Ellis’ name always comes up.

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    Mike Espino

    With 16 years at the American Red Cross and now nearly five years at Chicago-based YMCA of the USA as its aquatic safety and risk...

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    Leland Yarger

    His title — coordinator of aquatics and instructor of physical science at Ball State University — would barely fit on a business card, but...


He follows in the wake of his notable father Joe Hunsaker, who built on a collegiate swim career to establish a regional pool management company and then the aquatic design firm Counsilman-Hunsaker.

But Scot Hunsaker, who purchased the company from his father

in 1999 after a stint in the banking industry, is building his own aquatic legacy at the St. Louis-based enterprise.

Counsilman-Hunsaker has designed countless pools for universities, parks and recreation agencies, hospitality clients, and competition venues, including the 1996 Olympic aquatic center in Atlanta. He also sits on the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s board of directors.