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Longtime pool industry member Mike Ramey remembered for respect and work ethic

Mike Ramey, president of Blake Sales Associates and long-time pool industry member, passed away at the age of 64 on January 9, 2021.
Mike Ramey, president of Blake Sales Associates and long-time pool industry member, passed away at the age of 64 on January 9, 2021.

Mike Ramey, a respected member of the industry, passed away on Jan. 9, 2021 at the age of 64.

Mike began his career in the pool and spa industry in 1982 working for Polaris Vac Sweep. It was here he met Bob Blake and John Grucky, both of whom worked at Polaris as well.

After a brief stint in new construction retail sales, Blake hired Ramey as a salesman for Anzen, a newly acquired company by Polaris. They worked together for a few years before Blake decided to start his own sales agency, Blake Sales Associates (BSA), in August of 1986. Ramey was his first hire in September of that year and Grucky joined in October of 1987. BSA grew to be one of the most respected agencies on the west coast.

When Blake passed in June of 2001, Ramey took the helm and the company never missed a beat. He loved this industry; he served on boards, treated his employees with utmost respect, and his work ethic was beyond comparison.

When diagnosed with cancer two and a half years ago, Ramey took it on in a manner that marveled those closest to him and from afar.

Ramey is survived by his wife Martha, daughters Sheree, Sharmane, and Sarah.

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