About Us

Central Iowa Pool & Spa was founded in 1996 by John and Nora Mosher in Des Moines, Iowa. John and Nora began the company primarily installing above ground swimming pools and portable spas. Recently Mario Alba took over operations allowing John and Nora to work in a semi-retired capacity. Mario started out installing above ground swimming pools for CIPS in 1996. From there he moved up to crew foreman, service tech, service manager, general manager, and now President. Working closely with John over the past 15 years has helped Mario continue the tradition of hard work that has made CIPS so successful.

Over the past 13 years CIPS has expanded to include in ground pools, billiard tables, and other outdoor and indoor accessories. Central Iowa Pool & Spa is a BioGuard Platinum dealer, Sundance Spa Premier Dealer, Pacific Pool Showcase Builder, an Aqua 100 award winner, and a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. All of Central Iowa Pool & Spa employees are trained and have over 50 years combined experience in the industry.

The team at Central Iowa Pool & Spa knows individuality is important, which is why they pay special attention to the interests of each customer throughout the entire purchasing experience. From the minute the customer walk through our door, meeting their needs is our top priority. Founded, not only on excellent customer service, but also on the principals of hard work and a focused attitude Central Iowa Pool & Spa works to build long term relationships. The team at Central Iowa Pool & Spa guarantees you’ll purchase the best product of all……FUN!!!

Meet the Team

Mario has been in the business for 16 years and has worked from the bottom up, installing and repairing in the beginning, working his way up to sales, and eventually to owning the shop.  He has a true passion not only for the business, but for making sure the business is done right.  If you want to meet someone honorable, respectable, and true to his word in this business, look no further.

Pet Peeve:  Anything done poorly.  Whether you’re cleaning a spa or installing a pool, every detail needs taken care of.

Contact:  mario@soakandswim.com



Kate is our Store Manager and Retail Director, but she also manages those that work in the Water Department.  With an eye for detail and a mind for factual data, Kate is great at not only making sure that we keep the water in your pool as spectacular as possible, in the simplest way, but she also keeps the store full of fun toys, useful accessories, and great aromatherapy.

Pet Peeve:  None, she’s a happy person!

Contact:  kate@soakandswim.com


Mike is our Service Manager and also helps run the store.   With almost 8 years on the job, he knows how to get done what needs done.  Whether your pool is leaking, you’re missing a part from a pump, or your spa is making funny sounds, Mike can help diagnose the problem and get it taken care of in the most efficient way possible.

Contact: mike@soakandswim.com

Gary, Jesus, and Luis

Typically busy, slightly dirty, and slightly grumpy, these guys work hard to keep everything running in tip-top shape.  They drive all around the state to do repairs and installations, so you’re bound to see them driving in one of our CIPS Vans around town sometime.  When you want a job done quickly and a job done well, this team will have you taken care of.  They are trained and certified for all pool and spa service need that needs to be met.

Taylor & Cari

These ladies are here for all your water care needs.  With extensive training in testing and innate problem solving abilities, they will help you get your water crystal clear and keep it that way!  You can bring in water samples or just ask for recommendations on your pool or spa.  They can also look up your history with us to help you choose items based on what worked for you before!  These ladies are the backbone to the store and are here to help you with any of your questions or concerns.