The Pond King Family
Brad Metzler, Founder, President & Owner
The Facts: Brad grew up knee-deep in ponds and creeks, fishing until the sun went down. His family lived on a small farm and spent most of their days outside enjoying the simple joy nature brings. It was no surprise when Brad pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife & Fishery Sciences at Texas A&M University. Soon, Brad was plotting out his dream of owning his own business. In 1995, shorlty after getting married, he and his bride, Ronda began Pond King.
As his family continued to grow over the years, so did Pond King. Brad slowly added on more pond management services, docks, pontoon boats, and even fish habitats. New employees were brought on board and orders started to be placed from all over the United States.
As Pond King expanded, the goal of enhancing time “Down at the Pond” for customers remained the core value. Brad’s dream- beyond running a business, was to give people the same experience he had as a child. A place to unwind on a dock and watch their daughter cast a reel for the first time. Pond King, Inc. is the culmination of Brad’s commitment to family, stewardship of the outdoors, and his integrity in all matters.
More about Brad: Brad is the proud husband and father of their five kids. His family plays a big role in what inspired and helped motivate him to grow Pond King. When he isn’t in the office, Brad enjoys spending time with his family and caring for his farm animals. And if you can't find Brad, as you can probably guess, you can always find him down at the pond!
The Folks in the Office:
Jill Roush, Sales & Office Manager
The Facts: Jill hails from Worthington, Minnesota and despite living in Texas since 2012, remains loyal to her Norwegian roots and hometown team, The Vikings (we love her anyway). With a degree in Graphic Design from Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Jill joined the Pond King team in the Fall of 2012, developing all our marketing materials, working on our websites, and helping with sales. Honest, hardworking, easy-going, Jill quickly became an integral part of the Pond King team and now is involved in all things related to the sale and manufacture of our boats and docks, and almost everything else we do. When you call for information about or to purchase a dock or boat, you’ll be talking to Jill.
More About Jill: What does Jill like most about her job? It may sound corny, but it’s true: Jill loves the fact that when she sells a boat or a dock, she isn’t just selling a product, she’s helping families get outside together and create memories that will last a lifetime. Want make her day? Stop by and introduce yourself, or send a photo because she especially likes seeing how happy our products make people. Jill lives in Gainesville, Texas with her husband, Joey, and loyal dogs, Trixi and Buddy, enjoys fishing, playing piano, photography, and playing card games ... like Pinochle.
Sharon Reed, Bookkeeper
The Facts: Born just down the road in Denton, Texas, Sharon grew up in Pilot Point and attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors’ in Business Administration. Since 2017, Sharon has been the accountant at Pond King, but she does a lot more than our books. In addition to her accounting tasks, Sharon processes on-line sales orders, helps out with our store, Lake Pro Tackle, and is essentially our HR manager, too, remembering everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries, and managing Pond King’s employee benefits.
More about Sharon: Sharon and her husband have 4 grown children, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 2 dogs named Rascal and RJ. Dedicated to her family, including her father who still lives in Pilot Point, Sharon’s hobbies include watching football (she’s a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys), traveling and shopping. In addition to the people she works with, another thing Sharon enjoys about her job at Pond King is that she finally gets to do what she likes, instead of having to like what she does!
Tim Metcalf, Lake Pro Tackle Store Manager
The Facts: You have probably seen Tim smiling at the front desk of our Tackle Shop or walking over to help you find the best lure for your fishing trip. Before Tim came to work at Pondking, he was an Army Sergeant Major for 30 years. Tim and his family packed up in Salem, Utah, and moved on down to Muenster, Texas, this year to retire. But, instead of retiring, Tim joined our team. He uses his passion for fishing to help customers get the right materials to be successful fishermen. Tim attended Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, and earned his bachelor's in General Studies. He enjoys his role at Pond King and getting to meet new people every day.
More about Tim: Every morning before his wife and 3 children wake up, Tim runs miles and miles around town at the break of dawn. He likes spending his weekend with his family and bass fishing down at the lake. Tim is also a big movie buff, exercise enthusiast, and general outdoors kind of guy.
Our Manufacturing Crew:
Mark Neu, Production Manager
The Facts: Like many of the people who work here, Mark is a true blue-Texan, born and raised just miles from where he lives now. He grew up on a dairy farm, and he attributes his work ethic which serves him so well to his parents and to that experience. With the quiet confidence you’d expect from someone who grew up working with animals, Mark manages the production side of Pond King. Leading with intention and by example, Mark is well respected by the folks who work with him on the shop floor. He leverages his experience as a hunter and fisherman to continually look for ways to improve our duck blinds, boats and docks. If you own a Pond King pontoon boat or dock, you have met Mark through his work.
More About Mark: Mark, his wife, and four sons live in Muenster, Texas, where Mark serves on the Volunteer Fire Department. He loves spending time with his family, and also enjoys hunting, fishing, coaching his boys sports’ teams and shooting guns. Mark looks forward to everyday at Pond King. He takes a great deal of personal pride in the quality of the products he helps produce knowing our compact pontoon boats and floating docks bring years of joy to the families that buy them.
Andy Zimmerer, Dock Supervisor
The Facts: Andy has been on our Pond King team since 2005. With over a decade of experience under his belt, Andy is the go-to guy for all things related to the construction and installation of our floating docks. He supervises the dock manufacturing team, manages the schedule for dock production, and double-checks our docks to ensure they are up to standard. He is a man of few words but great action with an outstanding work ethic.
More about Andy: Andy grew up on a cattle-raising farm in Lindsay, Texas. With 8 siblings and 8 nieces, Andy is always busy running around to kid birthdays and family parties. When he isn't baling hay and working with the cattle, Andy likes to go bass fishing on the weekends.
Chance Pearson, Boat Manufacturer
The Facts: Chance was born and raised in Thackerville, Oklahoma, but we native Texans don't hold that against him. He attended Southern Tech in Ardmore and graduated from the Diesel Mechanic program. Starting with just a boat frame, Chance assembles the boats and even puts the final touches on them before they are shipped out. Chance takes pride in being the last person to touch the boats before boxing up, ensuring every detail is perfect for our customers.
More about Chance: At home, Chance is surrounded by nurses, his wife, and two of his daughters. This father of 3 stays busy with home renovations and outdoor projects. Chance enjoys working with his hands and building structures in and outside work. In fact, he loves building so much he says that is his only hobby.
Chase Serna, Habitat and Shipping Supervisor
The Facts: An avid outdoorsman himself, Chase loves working in his domain and creating products that enhance each customer's fishing and hunting experience. Chase is a native Texan, living only a few miles down the road in Muenster, Texas. He oversees the habitat building and details before they are boxed for shipping. He says the best part of working at Pond King is the cheerful environment and the coworkers he works alongside.
More about Chase: When he isn't out hunting for a white-tail deer in New Mexico, Chase likes spending his time at home with his fiance and stepdaughter. Similar to many of our Pond King employees, fishing is his main hobby.
Our Pond Management Team:
Kenny Fleitman, Pond Management Sales & Service Manager
The Facts: A native Texan, Kenny (AKA the Fish Guy) was born and raised right here in Gainesville. With a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas Tech, Kenny came to work for Pond King in 2013 and is now our Pond Management Sales & Service Manager. Highly organized and a bit of a perfectionist, Kenny manages and schedules all our pond maintenance services to maximize productivity and your results. He’s also in charge of our fish-stocking inventory, ensuring that we are well stocked with the species you need, and maintaining their health while in our care and during transport to and from Pond King. While Kenny recognizes our work is all about improving the quality of “Down at the Pond” experiences, which is really all about having fun, he takes our role in that very seriously and sets the bar for customers service high. If you’ve ever called Pond King with questions about fish, fish stocking, artificial fish habitat or pond management services, you’ve probably already met Kenny.
More about Kenny: Kenny loves his role in the electroshocking fish surveys because of the level of engagement he gets to have with our customers and because of the impact this service can have on our clients’ ponds. Kenny is married and, God bless him, has six (count ‘em, 6) girls, who all still live at home. Currently, he spends most of his “free” time fighting for space in the bathroom and supporting his daughters extracurricular activities. We all expect that as the girls get older, he’ll spend more time cleaning his gun.
Ethan Stokes, Fisheries Biologist
The Facts: Ethan grew up in the suburbs of Lee's Summit, Missouri. He attended Arkansas Tech University and got his bachelor's in Fisheries and Wildlife Science, emphasizing fisheries. Ethan's favorite part of his role at Pond Kind is his ability to create the customer's ideal environment for their pond or lake. He delivers and shocks fish, helps with managing aquatic vegetation, and installs artificial habitats to promote fish spawning. Ethan is always in happy spirits and makes it his mission to be valuable to customers however he can.
More About Ethan: Ethan lives in Sherman, Texas, and fills his weekends fishing and watching football and soccer games. When it's hunting season, Ethan heads back home to Missouri for good ole pheasant and quail hunting.