About Premier Ponds

Our Culture

Here at Premier Ponds, we live by one statement:

Change Lives & Have Fun.

Well, maybe that’s two statements wrapped into one.

Either way, we want to bring the nature and beauty of ponds to homes around the DC metro area.

The serenity of ponds and water features really does change a person after just a couple minutes of sitting by one.

Our History – The “Epiphany Moment”

After Steve built his first pond for a friend’s company back in 2001, he knew nothing was going to be the same. Once they experienced how moving the final product was, it changed their lives.

When we say how “moving” this pond was, we mean it was finished on September 12, 2001.

That afternoon the sky was completely still as Steve and Robin (the homeowner) sat on her back patio in Bethesda, MD watching and listening to her brand new pond run for the first time.

As they both sat there silently reflecting on the previous day, a bird flew in and started to play in the waterfall. That’s when the epiphany moment happened.

How amazing would it be to bring this peace to homes across the area?

That was the start of Premier Ponds.

Enjoying-A-New-Koi-Pond-In-Burtonsville-MD

Since that moment in 2001, Premier Ponds has built or renovated over 600 ponds around the MD, DC & NoVa areas.

In that timespan, it’s grown from just Steve and a helper to now 7 full-time employees, including 2 more partners.

Enjoying-A-New-Koi-Pond-In-Burtonsville-MD

Steve built his first pond for a friend’s company back in 2001 and saw how moving the final product was for both the homeowner and himself.

When we say how “moving” the final product was, this pond was finished on September 12, 2001. That afternoon, as the sky was completely still, Steve and Robin (the homeowner) sat on her back patio in Bethesda, MD watching and listening to her brand new pond run for the first time.

As they both sat there together in silence reflecting on the previous day, a bird flew in and started to play in the waterfall. That’s when the epiphany moment happened.

How cool would it be to bring this peace to homes across the area?

That’s when Premier Ponds started. Since 2001, Premier Ponds has built or renovated over 600 ponds around the MD, DC & NoVa areas.

In that timespan, it’s grown from just Steve and a helper to now 7 full-time employees, including 2 more partners.

Our Team

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Andrew Lingan, Co-Owner

Mike Kurylo, Co-Owner

Nilo Lopes, Foreman / Marketing

Steve Shinholser, Co-Owner / Founder

Tery Lively, Foreman

Thomas Shinholser, Foreman