A 17-year veteran in the aquatics industry, Jesse Benavidez has experience in municipal, competitive and waterpark venues. He began his career as a lifeguard, quickly rising in the ranks as a LGI and WSI. After completing training as a mechanic for the U.S. Army Reserves, Benavidez was selected as the Aquatics Coordinator for the City of Texas City, where he opened a new natatorium, and managed four additional pools. From there, Benavidez went on to be the Assistant Coordinator at the Conroe ISD Natatorium, where he also assisted in its opening. He managed the maintenance for the facility, leasing programs and swim meet operations. After 7 years with CISD Natatorium, he was selected as the Director of Facilities for Typhoon Texas in Katy, Texas. He was first assigned as an Aquatic Consultant, assisting in the construction of the aquatic sections of the waterpark. His duties now include overall facility maintenance management, chief pool operator and duty manager.