Pleatco, LLC, a leader in pool and spa filtration products, and longtime co-sponsor GENESIS/National Swimming Pool Foundation®, today announce the launch of the 2017 search for the best of the best pool and spa service technicians across the country, and extending as far as Canada and Europe. This year’s search marks the 10th anniversary of the contest. Since 2007, Pleatco and co-sponsors have been shining a spotlight on this segment of industry professionals who are more accustomed to working in the shadows. The contest is an innovative way to honor the hard-working men and women of the pool and spa service industry.
“Over the past nine years of the contest, we’ve learned that being a professional pool or spa service technician is more than a job…it’s a passion. Many homeowners treat their service guy or gal like family; it’s a special relationship," says Pleatco CEO Howard Smith. "A pool or spa is an integral part of a home—a way to relax—and it’s a place for a family to share time together. Homeowners trust their service professional to keep their “backyard oasis” safe. The relationship with the homeowner is much deeper than that of the mailman or local handyman, in most cases. Essentially, the Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal are the unsung heroes of the neighborhood."
This year’s Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal will each receive a trip for two to theInternational 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 AST 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 AST Certification course free of charge to ALL Perfect Pool Guy/Gal alumni. Add in a high-profile awards ceremony, gala dinner, nationwide advertising campaign and thousands of dollars of free Pleatco products, and you have an amazing incentive to nominate yourself or a colleague for 2017’s Perfect PoolGuy/Gal contest.
“The service industry is extremely important when it comes to helping owners fully enjoy and appreciate their pools,” adds 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 recognize the crucial role every pool service technician plays, we are honored to celebrate them, and we are pleased to offer our AST Certification as a major prize for each and every finalist, to nurture their continued growth,” says NSPF CEO Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D.
With over 200 contestants, last year’s entrants were as impressive as ever and the contest was coined by an industry reporter as the “Oscars of the Pool and Spa Service Industry.”
“This year’s theme is ‘We’re looking for a perfect 10!’” says Pleatco CMO Battista Remati. “This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of our search, and the amazing array of nominees and winners who have wholeheartedly supported the contest over the years, which is something we are extremely proud of. We are looking forward to our best contest ever and urge everyone, even if they have entered in previous years, to nominate either themselves or a colleague for the reward and recognition they so duly deserved.”
All entries are accepted online at Pleatco.com.