The Rin Robyn Story

Rin Robyn Pools® has been building swimming pools and backyard experiences throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions for over 60 years.

Beginnings

Rin Robyn grew up on a farm in Bergen County, NJ. His first name was actually Marinus, which is an old Dutch name that the nickname for is Rin.

Heimbach Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Ruhr River.
Heimbach Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Ruhr River. Rin Robyn was wounded near the right front of the power plant. Today the building is open as a museum showing the turbines and generators used in the past. In 1945, the Germans had blown the dam above the power plant in order to flood the Ruhr Valley and prevent the Allied advance into the heart of Germany.

During World War II, Staff Sergeant Robyn was wounded by a Bouncing Betty mine in Germany while capturing a hydroelectric power plant on the Ruhr River. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism. When he was wounded, he had been continuously in combat in Germany for 3 months and had survived the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Rin married Betty McGowan of Hawthorne, NJ and attended Montclair State Teachers College, becoming an Industrial Arts and Mechanical Drawing Teacher at East Side High School in Paterson.

Building Swimming Pools

Buster Crabbe and Rin Robyn in Nassau, 1962. Rin Robyn is the person wearing clothes.
Buster Crabbe and Rin Robyn in Nassau, 1962. Rin Robyn is the person wearing clothes.

While still a teacher in 1958, Rin was approached by a friend who asked him to build a swimming pool. Buster Crabbe Swimming Pools were a new kind of pool, using a vinyl liner, and Rin eagerly tackled the job.

He continued to build pools every summer for the next few years but then quit teaching and went into the pool business full time in 1962.

In 1969 Rin left Buster Crabbe pools and became a dealer for Fox Pools, because of the strength of the patented X-Brace steel structure.

Rin and Betty’s son James worked for Rin building vinyl liner pools beginning in high school and then for four summers in college.

Betty Robyn listening to pool owner’s purchasing BioGuard chemicals.
Betty Robyn listening to pool owner’s purchasing BioGuard chemicals.

Pool Store in Butler, NJ

In 1970, Rin's wife Betty opened a pool store in Butler, NJ. Betty soon had Rin Robyn Pools® become a dealer with BioGuard Pool Chemicals. And today, Fox Pools, BioGuard Pool Chemicals and Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are still foundations of the Rin Robyn Pools business.

Throughout the 1970’s, Rin built scores of Fox Pools with his foreman, Rich Wunder. Rich was a backhoe operator and all around handyman who was instrumental in the success of the business during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Rin Robyn and Rich Wunder on a pool installation.
Rin Robyn and Rich Wunder on a pool installation.
50 years ago, this homeowner wanted a slide from their bedroom in order to enjoy a morning wakeup swim.
50 years ago, this homeowner wanted a slide from their bedroom in order to enjoy a morning wakeup swim.

James and Hae-Sun Join Rin Robyn Pools®

In 1972, James graduated from Colgate University, with a degree in Astrogeophysics. He subsequently earned an MBA with Hae-Sun supporting the young couple by working as a Radiation Therapy Technician and Radiation Dosimetrist treating cancer patients with a medical linear accelerator.  James subsequently joined UNIVAC® Computer Systems as a Systems Analyst. In 1979 they bought the home in Chester where they still live today.

Hackettstown Store – 1982
Hackettstown Store – 1982

New Store in Hackettstown

In 1980, Rin and Betty's son James and his wife Hae-Sun decided to join the business and in 1982 they opened the Hackettstown Store, continuing in the tradition that had been started by Rin and Betty.

James answering the "phones" in the Hackettstown store.
James answering the "phones" in the Hackettstown store.

Busy Busy Busy

The Rin Robyn Pools Hackettstown store was immediately successful adding scores of pool installations, a service department and hot tubs to the company’s capabilities.

Rin and Betty Retire

In 1988 Rin and Betty retired and built a home in Cape May. James and Hae-Sun continued to operate both retail stores and started building concrete pools in addition to the Fox Pools that James had grown up building.

James and Hae-Sun in the Hackettstown Store, 1989
James and Hae-Sun in the Hackettstown Store, 1989
Hae-Sun in Hackettstown, May 1992
Hae-Sun in Hackettstown, May 1992
James and Hae-Sun in their design studio - 2006
James and Hae-Sun in their design studio - 2006

Beginning in 2003, James became a member of the Genesis Design Group and attended classes on elements of pool design, architecture and construction.

James and Hae-Sun designed many pools for clients and began a legacy of signature design elements for swimming pools that continues on in designs done by Rin Robyn Pools®.

Today, James is a member of the faculty of Genesis University and an instructor on Natural Swimming Pools for the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Innovation Continues with BioNova®

In 2007, after many years of building both concrete and Fox Pools, James and Hae-Sun traveled to Europe in order to introduce BioNova® Natural Pools to North America. 

James and Hae-Sun meet with Werner Gamerith in Austria. Gamerith is credited with the invention of the Natural Swimming Pool.
James and Hae-Sun meet with Werner Gamerith in Austria. Gamerith is credited with the invention of the Natural Swimming Pool.

First BioNova® Dealer in North America

Being the first BioNova® Dealer in North America they began the movement to providing chemical-free swimming pools that use natural, organic, biological filtration technology to clarify and purify pool water.

Interestingly, James and Hae-Sun signed the deal to bring BioNova® Natural Pools to North America while in a German town approximately a 30 minute drive away from where Rin had been wounded during Word War II 62 years earlier.

James is elected to the Board of Directors of the IOB – 2017 in Leeuwarden, Holland.
James is elected to the Board of Directors of the IOB – 2017 in Leeuwarden, Holland.

James Elected to IOB Board

With Rin Robyn Pools® as its founding dealer, BioNova® Natural Pools is today the largest Natural Swimming Pool company in North America. Since 2007, the Robyn’s have made over 25 trips to Europe bringing Natural Swimming Pool technology to North America.

In 2017, James was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Organization for natural Bathing water (the IOB), which is the global trade organization for Natural Swimming Pools and is based out of Bremen, Germany.

Innovation Continues with PoolHide®

In 2014, James and Hae-Sun decided to begin importing PoolHide® 60 mil reinforced PVC membrane as an alternative to using vinyl liners.
 
Originating in Germany, 60 mil PVC membrane was being widely used throughout Europe on natural swimming pools and on regular chemical pools, but it was barely known in North America.
 
After importing the PoolHide® 60 mil PVC membrane, the Rin Robyn Team readily adapted to using PoolHide® on the Fox Pools and a new type of pool construction was started with the marriage of PoolHide® and Fox steel pools
 

Rin Robyn Pools® - Today

Rin Robyn Pools continues to design/build of high-end residential swimming pools and outdoor living spaces, outdoor kitchens, firepits, pergolas, etc., we have a full Service Department that provides service on everything that we sell, we renovate pools and we operate two retail locations.

A team meeting in the Hackettstown Store Conference Room – July 2019
A team meeting in the Hackettstown Store Conference Room – July 2019

Today, Rin Robyn Pools® still operates from the Hackettstown Store and in 2019 moved from the Bernardsville location to the Chester Store. Fox Pools, BioGuard Pool Chemicals and Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs remain foundations of the business.

Most of the BioNova® Natural Pools that we build are constructed using Fox Pools steel wall and bracing technology and a PVC waterproofing technology (PoolHide®) that originated in Germany.

Hae-Sun, James, and Pixel - 2021
Hae-Sun, James, and Pixel - 2021

James and Hae-Sun

James and Hae-Sun are now retired from the day-to-day operations of Rin Robyn Pools, however James still enjoys working with clients at the beginning of the design and planning for their pool. Hae-Sun enjoys playing tennis. And they both enjoy their Border Collie/Poodle puppy, Pixel.

Rin Robyn Pools® is always ready to build your backyard swimming pools experience.