Pleatco Crowns the 2017 Perfect PoolGuy & PoolGal!

PAUL OLIVER and ROBERTA PRYGON are the final winners of this year’s Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy / PoolGal Search. 

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – October 12, 2017
Pleatco, LLC, a leader in pool and spa filtration products, and longtime co-sponsor National Swimming Pool Foundation®(NSPF®)/GENESIS® today announced the winners of the 2017 Perfect Pool Guy and Gal Search! The annual Pleatco PoolGuy/Gal Search is an innovative way to honor 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,” remarks 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.”
The 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.” says John Migliaccio, who nominated her. About winning, Roberta remarked, “I am stoked to have been chosen as this year’s winner. To be recognized 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,” says Battista Remati, Pleatco 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 & Mike Snyder Pleatco Perfect Partnership Award
“The service industry is extremely important when it comes to helping owners fully enjoy and appreciate their pools,” says 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.  
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. 
“On behalf of Pleatco and NSPF/GENESIS, we’d like to thank everyone who entered, nominated, and voted in our 10th anniversary Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy Contest,” remarked Mary Villegas, VP of Operations at 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 at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 2nd, at the Pleatco Booth #931 at the PSP Expo.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME to attend and congratulate the winners in person.
Pleatco, based in Glen Cove, N.Y., has served the pool and spa community for the past 40 years and leads the industry in filtration products through science, innovation and a mantra of constant improvement. For more information, visit us on the Web at
Pleatco Press Contact: 
Mary Villegas 
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 every day to find new smart solutions to help all our customers in both business and leisure.
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About the National Swimming Pool Foundation 
We believe everything we do helps people live 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, Colorado, NSPF proceeds go to fund education, research and to help create swimmers. Visit,,, or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.
About Genesis 3, Inc.
Since 1998, Genesis has elevated an entire industry by offering a comprehensive set of educational programs tailored to the specific needs of the pool and spa professional. Through the Genesis 3 University established in 2012, Genesis continues to nurture designers and builders trained in the multiple technical and creative disciplines required to create top-shelf installations that not only look fantastic but also function efficiently, reliably and safely. To that end, Genesis-trained design and construction professionals are the global standard for the watershaping industry. For more information, visit, or email
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