Staff

Spencer Meinburg

General Manager

Spencer Meinburg was born in California and has lived in Idaho, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Australia and Thailand. In 2013 he founded Travel for God Ministries and spent time in 27 countries over 7 months. 

Educationally he earned his Master’s in Business Administration with a Finance Specialization from Louisiana State University Shreveport and earned his bachelor’s degree with four majors and three minors from the University of Idaho. While at the University of Idaho, Spencer ran track for five years capturing two team titles and served as the Scholar’s President. He was the valedictorian speaker and selected for the prestigious Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year award at the conclusion of high school which earned him a spot at Walt Disney World on their wall of fame and was featured on the cover of USA Today and in the Sports Illustrated magazine.

Spencer’s professional background includes a start in the Aquatics industry in 2004 and managing teams to excellence since 2007. He was hired during the construction phase of the Plunge being rebuilt in 2019 and created the business model for restoring the Historical Landmark back to its glory. In addition to aquatics, he has experience with amusement park management, waterpark management, hospitality management, food and beverage management, fitness management, business start-ups, pre-construction, construction projects, community boards and other humanitarian efforts. In 2018 as the Waterpark Director at Laguna Splash, his team won the highest honor in Aquatics achieving the Platinum Safety Award from Ellis and Associates. He created the Swim Monkey Swim Lesson Curriculum and has taught thousands of students worldwide. Spencer has also worked in Australia in the mining and civil engineering industries. Some of his certifications include: American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor with Title 22, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, CARMP (Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program) Instructor License, ILTP (International Lifeguard Training Program) Instructor, NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO), NRPA Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO), Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification with Category 24, Central District Health Certified Pool Operator, NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Construction White Card, Electrical Safety Awareness, and USA Track and Field Certified Official. He has also served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and is always seeking out opportunities to give back to the community and to partner with other businesses. 

Spencer met his beautiful wife Hanelle in 2014 in Thailand and they were married at Laguna Beach in 2017. They have a gorgeous daughter and look forward to making many more family memories in San Diego!

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Niki Jones

Director of Events and Marketing

Niki Jones was born in Hawaii and raised in various states across the country. Daughter of a Football Coach, Niki had the opportunity to live in various states including Atlanta, Texas and Michigan.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Portland State University in 2006 and took her career down the West Coast to Las Vegas, Orange County and LA before making San Diego her permanent home in December of 2017. One flight from Hawai’i, Niki has always felt San Diego is the next best place to raise a family outside of the warm islands she grew up in.

Niki’s professional background spans from event planning to marketing and sales from a variety of Fortune 500 companies like Dave & Buster’s, Reyes Holdings and MillerCoors. She prides herself on providing the same level of service for a client who is hosting a $300k corporate buyout or the mom celebrating their child’s birthday and assisting them in bringing their vision to life on a budget. In addition to her role at Plunge, she is also the owner of San Diego Moms, the county’s premier online resource and lifestyle blog for families. 

Her biggest accomplishment in life has been her daughter Kaialani Hope (5). The title of “Mother” is one of the hardest jobs you will ever encounter, but the reward is one that is greater than any financial payout or title a company can give.

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Arthur Atkinson

Director of Operations

Arthur has lived in San Diego for over 10 years and loves every part of living in America’s Finest City. He has spent most of his life working in higher education and working with students. He did a B.A. in Media Studies, an M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Affairs, and went on to pursue his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he lived for 2 years.

 

He is passionate about connecting people to other like-minded folks and seeing them grow, whether that be in the classroom or in the swimming pool for lessons.  Arthur has also spent a good portion of his life abroad having traveled to 40 countries, working with several NGO’s and international non-profit organizations.  Growing up in Oklahoma City, Arthur taught private swim lessons, lifeguarded, and coached a swim team throughout high school and into college with his first job out of college as a science camp director on Catalina Island leading environmental excursions for middle and high school students. Arthur went on to manage an environmental non-profit organization at USD and then went on to teach sociology courses at UCSD before landing at the Plunge in 2021. Passionate about personal growth and development and caring for the environment, Arthur brings a lot of energy and positivity everywhere he goes.

Arthur has lived in San Diego for over 10 years and loves every part of living in America’s Finest City. He has spent most of his life working in higher education and working with students. He did a B.A. in Media Studies, an M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Affairs, and went on to pursue his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he lived for 2 years.

 

He is passionate about connecting people to other like-minded folks and seeing them grow, whether that be in the classroom or in the swimming pool for lessons.  Arthur has also spent a good portion of his life abroad having traveled to 40 countries, working with several NGO’s and international non-profit organizations.  Growing up in Oklahoma City, Arthur taught private swim lessons, lifeguarded, and coached a swim team throughout high school and into college with his first job out of college as a science camp director on Catalina Island leading environmental excursions for middle and high school students. Arthur went on to manage an environmental non-profit organization at USD and then went on to teach sociology courses at UCSD before landing at the Plunge in 2021. Passionate about personal growth and development and caring for the environment, Arthur brings a lot of energy and positivity everywhere he goes.

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Darion Garrison

Director of Internal and External Relations

Coordinators

Neil Franka | Cesar Galvan | Colin Mitchell | Vincent Panzetta

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