Mill Bergen Pools owner, Bob Blanda, began a career in the pool industry when he was just a teenager, installing above ground pools and doing pool service around the Brooklyn area. In 1986, after graduating with a Bachelors in Science and Business Management, Bob started his second business, which he still owns today as Manhattan-based Mill Bergen Pool Center. Bob is a Certified Building Professional (CBP), Certified Service Professional (CSP), and a Certified Pool Operator (CPO). He maintains an active role in the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) as well as their Northeastern affiliate, the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA) of which he is currently President. He is past chairman of the National Builders Council of APSP and the current chairman of the National Builders Education Committee of APSP, which is responsible for pushing for swimming pool licensing in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Bob places a high value on ongoing education for both himself and his team members. He encourages regular participation in industry seminars and lectures and attends several annual trade shows where he is able to stay abreast of all the latest technology and trends in pool and spa design and construction.