Who We Are
James G. Robyn, BA, MBA – President, CEO
James graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Astrogeophysics and he holds an MBA in International Management with a concentration in German from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. James designs and consults on Natural Swimming Pools (NSPs) throughout the Americas. He has over 30 years of experience in the “traditional” swimming pool business as the owner of Rin Robyn Pools® and he has been marketing NSPs in the Americas since 2007.
James has authored articles for numerous magazines in the pool and landscape industry and he lectures frequently at many venues throughout North America. He is a member of the faculty of the Genesis 3 University, a member of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, an Affiliate of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a member of the US Green Building Council. He is currently serving as President of the US-based Association for Swimming Ponds and Natural Swimming Pools (ASPNSP) and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Organization for Natural Bathing Waters (IOB) which is the International Governing Body of constructed swimming pond and natural pool experts headquartered in Bremen, Germany.
Hae-Sun Park Robyn, AS, BS – Owner
A native of Korea and the daughter of a Korean Diplomat, Hae-Sun graduated from high school in Germany and has lived in many countries around the world. She earned an AS in Radiation Therapy Technology and worked in Oncology. This experience helped her to realize the detrimental influence that unnatural chemicals can have on our environment and health. Hae-Sun earned a BS in Business Computer Systems from Arizona State University and attended the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management doing post graduate work in business, marketing, accounting and the German language. She now has over 30 years of experience in the swimming pool business. Her expertise in design influences all of the BioNova® products and services from brochures to technical training sessions.
Mrs. Robyn resides in Chester, NJ with her husband James G. Robyn. An avid tennis player and active running enthusiast, she has completed 5 marathons, most recently the Boston Marathon in 2009 and the New York Marathon in 2010.
Allen Schnaak – Vice President Dealer Development
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Allen has enjoyed a lifetime in and around water. Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic encouraged his study of Marine Biology & Limnology at Clemson University, but the swimming pool industry ultimately provided a 40+ year career in manufacturing, sales, construction, service, retail, and maintenance. The last 30 years with BioLab provided the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, businesses and direct a sales team with technical, business, marketing, and sales support.
Allen was introduced to James and Hae-Sun Robyn over 15 years ago at one of the many training programs BioLab sponsored. He and his wife Linda, also avid tennis players, met up with James and Hae-Sun on the tennis court and a friendship was quickly formed. When James introduced BioNova® Natural Pools to the US in 2008, Allen was enamored with the potential opportunity that NSPs provided to blend his love of nature with swimming pools. Timing and opportunity have now brought Allen and BioNova® Natural Pools together.
Allen and Linda live in Georgetown on the South Carolina coast, where environmental conservation and protection of wetlands provides one of the most pristine tidal areas in the world.
Ryan Harmer, BA, MPS – Customer Relations Manager
Ryan Harmer, a native of Hamilton Square, NJ, graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies. He then went on to receive the degree of Master of Professional Studies in Leadership Education and Development from the University of Maryland. Ryan was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy through the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. During his 14 years in the Navy he earned his “Wings of Gold” as a Naval Flight Officer and flew aboard the P-3 Orion as both a navigator/communications officer and the Tactical Coordinator. He deployed to several locations including Sigonella, Curaçao, Kinloss, Scotland, and various countries throughout the Middle East. Following his naval service he worked with the Federal Government with the Department of the Interior and has private sector experience in sales and logistics. Ryan currently resides in Robbinsville, NJ with his wife and two children.
Cooper Powers, BS – Green Media Manager
Whether exploring the creeks behind his home in Mississippi or taking in river views at state parks, Cooper has always enjoyed the serenity that natural water bodies provide. After earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Mississippi State University, he was employed by the U.S. Forest Service, a Gulf Coast research laboratory, and as a pond-builder with landscape contractors. Cooper grew up around natural forest pools in his surrounding woodlands and has wanted to share that swimming sensation with everyone. His enthusiasm for telling people about the miracles under every rock or between cattails led him to join the team at BioNova. Cooper lives in Indianapolis, where he enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, cooking, and playing tabletop games.