Celebrating 10 YEARS of rewarding excellence in the pool service industry.

Pleatco launches the 2017 Perfect Pool Guy/Pool Gal Search with GENESIS and NSPF®.
GLEN COVE, N.Y. – July 26, 2017
Pleateco and NSPF 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 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 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.”
The contest opens July 17, 2017 and all entries are accepted online at Pleatco.com.
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Pleatco Press Contact:
Battista Remati, CMO
Phone: 1-516-609-0200
At Pleatco, through science and innovation, we strive to bring great new products and technologies to the market that provide the cleanest water filtration possible for the health, safety and happiness of every pool and spa owner. We pride ourselves on quality, service and teamwork and carry over 700 products, including filter cartridges, DE Grids and filter cleaning products, backed with rapid turnaround shipping and great customer support. Today, we are industry leaders working everyday to find new smart solutions to help all our customers in both business & leisure.
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About the National Swimming Pool Foundation® and GENESIS:
At the National Swimming Pool Foundation, we believe everything we do helps people live happier and healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. To further this mission, in 2016 we combined forces with GENESIS, an educational leader for designers and builders of residential pools and spas. Together with GENESIS we offer products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. In 2012, we launched the Step Into Swim™ Campaign, a 10-year initiative to create one million more swimmers. Founded in 1965 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. Visit nspf.org or genesis3.com; or call 719-540-9119 to learn more
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