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NJ Monthly Oct. 2013: Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners – Pool Service

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Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners – Pool Service

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Theodora Sergiou has over 25 years of experience in the Swimming Pool Construction Industry; she has been leading the way for women in the Pool & Spa Industry since the age of sixteen when she first began learning how to manage, encourage and even lead in what is a traditionally a male-dominated environment. Her entrepreneur skills began while working after school, weekends, and vacations with her parents, Nicholas & Flora Christofi, who founded Nicholas Pools Inc. Upon their retirement in 2003, Theodora and her husband Sotiris purchased the family business and have strived to grow and improve it. Nicholas Pools Inc. has blossomed into one of Ocean and Monmouth Counties largest backyard retailers, specializing in vinyl liner inground swimming pools.

Though Theodora began her early education only speaking Greek, she soon overcame the language barrier to be the first person in her family to graduate college and receive an MBA degree. Theodora graduated from Georgian Court University with a BSc in Business Management, and a Certificate of International Marketing. She continued her education, received a Master of Business Administration degree from Rider University. Upon graduating she traveled to her parent’s homeland of Cyprus, accepting position as Professor of Marketing and Management at PA College. She credits that experience with giving her an opportunity to learn many organizational skills while adapting to a completely different environment. She later married and lived with her husband in London, England until her return to the Untied States in 1999 to assume a management position at Nicholas Pools Inc.

When not working, Theodora is busy with her family. She is Chairperson to the Annual Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Fashion Show, supports and volunteers for countless charieites and fund raisers, teaches Sunday School, speaks about water safety at summer camp programs and is often quoted in news articles and magazines about the Swimming Pool & Spa Industry.