Pleatco a leader in pool and spa filtration products, and longtime co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, announce the launch of the 2017 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal contest.

This year marks a big milestone: 10 years of honoring the best pool and spa service technicians across the country, extending as far as Canada and Europe.

“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 in Orlando this November. Both winners are invited to attend the Genesis Basic Pool Construction course free of charge (a $5,000 value) at the show.

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To celebrate the big anniversary, Pleatco has some surprises up its sleeve: All winners, finalistsand all Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Alumni will receive NSPF’s AST Certification course ($1,100 value) free of charge, also offered at the show. 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 Pool Guy/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.

Last year's contest saw more than 200 entrants, and the candidate pool was as impressive as ever.

“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.”

For more information and to enter the contest, click here.