Joel Hefner entered the Austin residential pool industry as a way to express his amazing talent for creating stunning watershape designs that are among the pool industry’s best. Joel is an innovator in custom residential pools and backyard escapes, specializing in the development of personal hideaways that are designed to create a lifetime of enjoyment. Joel is highly experienced and skilled in creating remarkable waterscapes and a variety of outdoor living environments. Honored with the industry’s Gold Medal design award, he takes pool building to new levels of sophistication.

As an Austin custom pool builder, Joel constantly attends industry workshops and classes to improve his design and construction capabilities. As a member of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, Joel has interacted with industry experts, sharing ideas for designing and building superior watershapes and outdoor spaces. It is important that we stay on the cutting-edge, because there are always new styles, techniques, and materials that we need to learn about. That is the only way he can continue to build amazing projects that create a lifetime of pleasure for his clients.

Joel begins each project by studying a location, listening to the client’s wants and needs, and then develops a design that will accentuate their homes architecture. He helps his clients think outside the box so we can create their perfect home resort. His goal every single time is to develop a space in sync with the rest of the property.

The days of cookie cutter pools are in the past. Today’s consumers are now seeking an all encompassing backyard environment as a venue for family activities, exercise, social events as well as hydrotherapy.

The formless shape of water can only truly be harnessed by waterscape craftsman. If you’re looking for something special then call us today to begin designing your dream home resort.


Elijah May is a co-founder of Reliant Pools Inc. In this role he helps with strategic planning, marketing, web design, SEO, new business development, as well as overseeing the day to day operations of Reliant Pools. Mr. May is a business graduate from Florida State University with bachelor degrees in both Finance and Real Estate.

Before creating Reliant Pools, Elijah started out as a custom pool designer in Austin, Texas. In his early tenure, he was fortunate enough to learn from some of the best designers in the industry. With this insight and a comprehensive skill with computers and 3D renderings he quickly became considered one of Austin’s premier waterscape architects. He now has a long-serving reputation in designing swimming pools in and around the Austin area. Elijah is a member of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and has received numerous commendations over the years for his work. Most recently winning four awards in four categories at APSP’s 2016 Southwest Regional show.

Elijah’s knowledge in design now serves him well with many of the challenging projects that occur in Central Texas. Allow Mr. May’s creativity and your ideas to collaborate and create a spectacular waterscape landscape of your very own today.


Tyson Felker is our site superintendent and has long been a pool industry professional in the Austin Metropolitan Area even before his time at Reliant Pools.

Tyson started in the pool industry in 2006, specializing in service and repair. By 2009, he ventured into his own service and repair business.

Just a few short years later in 2012, Tyson joined a national franchise where he built over 350 franchise pools in the Austin metropolitan area over the next 8 years. As the Head Project Manager, Tyson also trained new project managers across the state.

In 2017, Tyson proudly achieved the CBP, Certified Builder Professional of Swimming Pools, demonstrating his commitment to excellence. Since then, he has been continuously expanding his knowledge with the required continuing education each year.

Currently at Reliant Pools, Tyson oversees all aspects of pool builds, coordinates with subcontractors, and ensures compliance with city and third-party inspectors. He also maintains open communication with subcontractors and homeowners alike to ensure a seamless project. His accurate and precise attention to detail ensures the homeowner’s desired results, and his keen management of the construction of quality swimming pools means projects are always kept within budget and completed in a timely manner.

Tyson’s fine-tuned skills and extensive experience in this role allows him to perfectly handle construction schedules and closely monitor actual construction costs. Tyson’s strong time management and organizational skills are essential to Tyson’s success. His relentless pursuit of perfection and openness to new ideas drives him to exceed customer expectations and provide unparalleled customer service.

Tyson is a key part of the Reliant Pools team that continues to allow us to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients.