We are open to the logo stating "Empire Pool Co." if it works best with the design. We'd also like to stay away from your typical pool logo. It seems like every logo we see is exactly the same. Instead, we are looking for something eye-catching and memorable. We come from the automotive industry and would love to incorporate a classic, hot rod, automotive feel. We don't want our company to be confused with an automotive company, but we love the look and feel of something related. Possibly something like a hood ornament, car emblem, pinstriping, door art, etc.
I've attached a picture of our work truck so that you can see what the logo will be up against. The picture also shows our old logo to give you an idea of the automotive influence we are looking for (Von Dutch). We do not want to replicate this logo, but love the concept.
We've also created a Pinterest board to show sample logos that we like. We've added some descriptions to discuss what we like, don't like, etc.