Barta’s father, Bob Sullivan, founded 21st Century Pools & Spas in 1979. She grew up working in the store part time and came back to the store full time after studying political science and business at Arizona State University. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the pool and spa industry, working as the showroom manager, service department manager and now the operations manager for the company. In addition to its pool building, remodeling and service branch, 21st Century also has a retail store that sells hot tubs and swim spas, pool and spa chemicals and outdoor living products such as saunas and patio furniture. In the winter, the company ramps up its spa service; its spa service department is growing every year.