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About Premier Ponds

Building custom ponds, waterfalls, and water gardens throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC since 2001.

Premier Ponds, based in Burtonsville, Maryland, specializes in building and maintaining ponds and water gardens.

We design, build and maintain hundreds of ponds and water gardens each year throughout the Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia area.

In 2014 and 2016, we were recognized as the #1 Certified Aquascape Contractor in the nation. The Premier team has proven to be some of the biggest educators in the water garden industry across the nation and frequently instructs other industry professionals in the art of pond building.

Our Staff

Steve Shinholser – Founder & Co-Owner

Steve Shinholser-Premier Ponds

Steve has been in the aquatics field for his entire life. He has a very unique set of skills with an extensive knowledge of everything “water.” Originally from Richmond, VA, he was a lifeguard and attended University of Maryland on a Springboard Diving scholarship. This love for the water carried over into his professional life as he Co-founded the nation’s largest swimming pool management company in 1984.

On September 12, 2001, he completed his first pond. With tragedy going on across the nation, the experience was so moving that he decided water features would be his next passion. This was how Premier Ponds, LLC was founded. Since then, he has built hundreds upon hundreds of water features. He is a regularly invited as a speaker at numerous pond conventions all over the nation. In 2013, he was awarded the “Business Man of the Year” by Aquascape Inc.

Mike Kurylo – Co-OwnerVP Construction

Mike Kurylo-Premier Ponds

Mike has been in the field of Design and Construction for over 25 years. Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, he attended The Ohio State University and received his degree in Industrial Design. In the fall of 1993, Mike built his first pond with Greg Wittstock, the Owner and CEO of Aquascape, in Columbus, Ohio. Greg plays “The Boss” on Nat Geo Wild’s reality show “Pond Stars.” Mike has worked all sorts of construction jobs and spent 14 years working as an Architect prior to ponds. With Mike’s experience, knowledge, and creativity, he is the perfect guy to bring paradise into your yard! Mike joined Premier Ponds in 2006, and has since helped develop it into one of the best pond companies in the nation.

Andrew Lingan – Co-OwnerForeman

Andrew Lingan-Premier Ponds

Andrew has been with Premier Ponds since June 2007. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Green Engineering. His knowledge of sustainability continues to be unmatched amongst the water landscaping community. His education and passion for water features makes him a great fit with Premier Ponds.

Nick Hondros

Nick Hondros-Premier Ponds

Nick has been with Premier Ponds since early 2013 and has been a fantastic addition to the team. Growing up an elite baseball player in the Silver Spring, MD area, he brings a “team first” mindset and continues to be one of the hardest working employees in company history. With his charm and sense of humor, Nick is Premier Ponds’ biggest cheerleader and you will always find him making the crew laugh.