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Pleatco Announce 2017’s Perfect PoolGuy And PoolGal Winners
Pleatco, LLC, a leader in pool and spa filtration products, and longtime co-sponsor GENESIS®/National Swimming Pool Foundation®, have announced the winners of the 2017 Perfect Pool Guy and Gal Search! The annual Pleatco PoolGuy/Gal Search is an innovative way to honour the hard-working men and women of the pool and spa service industry. With over 100 contestants, this year’s entrants were as impressive as ever.

This year, Paul Oliver, of Austin, Texas, won the prestigious title of Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy 2017. “When we made the calls to Paul’s references in the final judging stage every single person commented on his great customer service, honesty, and integrity, and they universally testified that he is one of the most passionate and dedicated pool guys in the industry,” remarked Howard Smith, CEO of Pleatco. In response to winning the award, Paul replied: “The quest for perfection has no final destination, it's a continuous journey that I'll forever be on. The Pleatco Family and Patriot Pool and Spa have let me know that I'm truly on the right path and where I need to be.”

This year’s Perfect PoolGal 2017 is Roberta Prygon, from North Cranbury, New Jersey. “Roberta brings her "A" game to work every day and she makes all her co-workers feel wanted, happy and part of the team! She has chlorine for blood and her PH is always perfect,” said John Migliaccio who nominated her. About winning, Roberta remarked: “I am stoked to have been chosen as this year’s winner. To be recognised and regarded so highly by my co-workers, clients, peers, family, and friends is overwhelming and humbling. I love my job and the amazing people I encounter on a daily basis! Thank you all again for this honor and everything associated with the contest. I look forward to the whirlwind of adventure.”

With so many worthy entrants, Pleatco once again expanded the contest and created additional awards. "During our final interviews, we were impressed by the caliber and diversity of so many individuals that we felt it was proper to recognize the outstanding achievements of several other entrants,” said Battista Remati, CMO. "In that spirit, we selected contestants for Special Awards based on their contribution to their community and the pool and spa industry."

Bryan Norris - Pleatco Community Leadership Award

Justin Word - Pleatco Big Heart Award

Josh Kopischke - Pleatco Future Leader Award

Jessica Sanders - Pleatco Customer Service Award

Bob Barzilay - Pleatco Industry Leadership Award

Cathy and Mike Snyder - Pleatco Perfect Partnership Award


“The service industry is extremely important when it comes to helping owners fully enjoy and appreciate their pools,” added GENESIS® Ambassador and co-founder Brian Van Bower. “Skip Phillips and I started our careers in pool service and it has always been near and dear to our hearts. We are proud to help honor our hard-working service professionals through the Pleatco contest!”

“We also are fortunate to be the co-sponsor of this wonderful contest. At NSPF we fully support initiatives that keep pools safer, keep pools open, and ensure more people can enjoy the water. We recognise the crucial role every pool service technician plays, we are honored to celebrate them, and we are pleased to offer our ASTCM Certification as a major prize for each and every finalist, to nurture their continued growth,” said NSPF® CEO Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D.

This year’s Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal will each receive a trip for two to the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo held in Orlando, November 2017. Both winners may attend the GENESIS® Basic Pool Construction course free of charge ($5,000 value) being held at the show. Winners (and finalists) will receive NSPF’s ASTCM Certification course ($1,100 value) free of charge, also offered at the show. To celebrate with Pleatco the 10th anniversary of the contest, NSPF® will offer their ASTCM Certification course free of charge to all Perfect Pool Guy/Gal alumni.

"On behalf of Pleatco, GENESIS®, and NSPF®, we’d like to thank everyone who entered, nominated, and voted in our 10th anniversary ‘Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy Contest’” remarked Mary Villegas, VP Operations Pleatco. "We have been truly overwhelmed by the sheer quality of the nominations and the thousands of votes cast. The entries were compelling and heartfelt across the board. And we look forward to a great awards presentation."

The official awards ceremony will be held Thursday 2 November at the Pleatco booth #931 at 1:00pm at this year’s PSP Expo in Orlando. Everyone is welcome to attend and congratulate the winners in person.

For more information on Pleatco, LLC visit www.pleatco.com





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