Our Team

We have strategically assembled some of the best and brightest professionals in the industry. Our team of Salesman, Project Manager, Selection Specialist, Scheduling Coordinator and Supporting Staff bring unparalleled experience and creative process to Sunset’s distinctive backyard designs. The team at Sunset Pools is a fresh mix of talented designers who are savvy to yesterday’s beauty, today’s styles and tomorrow’s innovations.


Adam Traugott | President

Adam Traugott, has been active in the Pool and Spa industry since 1991. He is a Certified Pool Building Professional through the APSP, Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. In addition to certifications in Pebble Tec, Pentair Pool Systems and Laticrete. Adam is highly esteemed among his peers within the swimming pool and construction industry.

Adam is a long standing member of The National Pool and Spa Society formally Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. He was Regional advisory board member 2009, Board Member of Construction 2001 and 2005, Treasurer 2006, 2007 and 2008 and Vice President 2009. He has been recognized in The Pool and Spa News Magazine several times and was honored to be ranked as a top 50 Pool Building Professional Nationwide in 2013 by The Pool and Spa Magazine.

Community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Katy High School FFA, member of Katy Chamber of Commerce, member of Katy Economic Development Counsel; supporter of various Katy school programs and athletic organizations.



Sonia Traugott | Vice President

Sonia Traugott has been actively involved in the swimming pool business since 1999. She brings well rounded experience in accounting, sales and office management. Her love for design has recently brought her to pursue her certification from New York Institute of Art and Design. Allowing her to further assist clients with selections and bringing while bringing in the newest most sought after materials for all aspects of their backyard. As well as supporting the inner office scheduling and job management.

Community involvement includes Katy Chamber of Commerce, Katy Economic Development Counsel. She also contributes too many of the local Katy area schools, swim team programs, athletic departments and has volunteered in various Katy schools for over 15 years.





Jessica Essner | Scheduling Coordinator

Jessica Essner | Production Manager

Jessica Essner joined Sunset in the spring of 2012. She attended American Intercontinental University and comes with a background in residential construction and remodeling. Jessica is responsible for scheduling all phases of pool construction with our tradesman and Project Managers. As well as communicating with customers on a daily basis as our main point of contact through-out construction. She always earns rave reviews from our clients and is very respected by all of our team.








Tanr Ross | Sales Manager  
Lead Designer

Tanr Ross joined Sunset in 2009. He is a three time Nationally Award winning designer, recognized by Pool Studio the leading computer design software used nationwide in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was just recognized in 2014 as the first Designer of the Year for the Houston Area, by the The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. He has also been awarded Best of Design from Las Vegas AIA Chapter of American Institute of Architects. His passion for design is apparent & clients seem to share his enthusiasm. Another passion of Tanr’s is training for NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and this year (2015) he was chosen to compete in Orlando, FL.








Eric Brasseux | Sales Designer

Eric Brasseux | Sales Designer

Eric joined Sunset Pools in early 2014. He is a graduate of Texas State and brings years of experience with customer relations and management to his position. With this experience he has transitioned into Sales and Design with ease. He has surpassed his first year goals and his talent for design continues to flourish. Clients love seeing Eric bring their backyard dreams to life with his creative designs.








Kevin Knott | Sales Designer/Project Manager

Kevin Knott | Sales Designer

Kevin Knott recently joined our team in 2015. He is a Texas Tech graduate and has an extensive background in construction management. His sense of design comes naturally and he is exceling in design with Pool Studio Software. With years of experience in high end home building he will be bringing our outdoor living areas to new heights. Kevin instills confidence in his clients with his strong work ethic and construction knowledge.









Francisco Escobar | Shop Manager/Designer Assistant

Francisco Escobar | Construction Manager

Francisco Escobar joined Sunset in 2013. He is a Graduate of ITT Technical Institute of Houston in Computer Drafting & Design of Applied Science. As a Sales Design Assistant, Francisco uses his strong auto cad background to provide Salesman with essential support in Pool Studio. Additionally, he oversees all equipment delivery and disbursement of equipment to client job sites.