Meet Our Team

Cypress Custom Pools: Serving Northwest Houston

Brian Whitlock
President

President

Brian Whitlock was born and raised in the Houston area where he attended Cypress Creek High School. It wasn’t until the summer of 1984 that he began his career in the pool industry. Brian worked numerous positions, until he worked his way up to the top and started Cypress Custom Pools in March of 1995. Brian is married to Lisa Whitlock and they are raising three wonderful sons, Jonathan, Matthew and Christopher. Brian is a strong supporter of local sponsorships in schools, sports, and numerous charities

    Mark Oberkirch
    Sales & Design

    Sales & Design

    Mark has been in the pool industry for 12 years. He recently joined the Cypress Custom Pools Team and has a lot to offer! He is a holder of the Genesis 3 Design Group – SWD Certification, Society of Watershape Professionals. This is a certification that only 39 people in the pool industry hold. He is a certified Building Professional through the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Mark is also the recipient of multiple APSP International and Regional Design Awards. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, but has been living in Houston for about 28 years.

      Gary Curiel
      Sales & Design

      Sales & Design

      Gary Curiel has been a part of Cypress Custom Pools since he was a child. His family is among several of our subcontractors who have been with us for 15+ years. Gary has been in sales for Cypress Custom Pools since 2006. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and majored in Criminal Justice. Gary is married to Celeste Curiel who is also an employee of Cypress Custom Pools and both reside in Cypress.

        Brandon Richards
        Salesman

        Salesman

          Lisa Whitlock
          Vice President

          Vice President

            Hope Nicholas
            Construction Coordinator

            Construction Coordinator

            Hope Nicholas is a native Houstonian who graduated from Jersey Village High School. She started with Cypress Custom Pools in late March of 2015. She has been in the pool construction business, off and on, since 1984 and has 16 years of experience. She was also a business owner and ran that business for 12 years.  When Hope is not at work she enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her family and friends.

              Susan Rodriguez
              Accounts Payable

              Accounts Payable

                Natalie Linman
                Administrative Assistant

                Administrative Assistant

                Natalie joined Cypress Custom Pools in 2016.  She was born in Houston and recently moved back from Chicago, Illinois with her Husband and son.  She attended Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in Hotel/Travel Management.  She is bilingual and has lived in Hawaii, Colorado and Spain.

                  Jose Zepeda
                  Construction Superintendent

                  Construction Superintendent