Pleatco Announces 2023 Pool Tech Search Winners

Pleatco, owned by Pentair, and longtime co-sponsors GENESIS / Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), along with AQUA Magazine, are proud to present the winners of the 2023 Pleatco Pool  Tech Search. These outstanding achievers stood out in the pool and spa industry and were nominated and voted for by their peers. Please join us in congratulating the Pleatco Pool Tech Search winners. 


Cristina ForcioneGrand Finalist

Cristina Forcione β€” Seychelles Pools & Spas; Lasalle, Quebec, Canada

β€œI am feeling immensely grateful and honored to receive recognition from the  Pleatco Pool Tech Search. I have put in a lot of sweat, tears, and effort to reach this milestone, and this recognition validates my unwavering belief in my abilities. It is a testament to my skills, knowledge, and expertise in the field, and I am truly humbled by this honor.”



Wes KaneGrand Finalist

Wes Kane β€” Pools Unlimited Incorporated - Ellicot City, Maryland

β€œI am feeling absolutely thrilled to have received recognition from the Pleatco Pool Tech Search. This is the first time that I have won an award or been a part of such a prestigious event, and I must say that it feels truly humbling and exhilarating at the same time. Being acknowledged for my work in this field is an incredible honor, and it gives me a renewed sense of purpose to continue striving for excellence in everything that I do.” 



Robert Stewart2Lifetime Achievement Awards

Rob Stewart β€” ROBCO Water; Hammond, Ontario, Canada 

β€œIt’s an honor and a feather in my cap, plus it’s nice to be a part of something bigger. Winning this gives me an opportunity to share my wealth of knowledge, the value of education and understanding water chemistry, as well as the importance of communicating with your customers.”



Ben Gardea2Young Leader Award Winner

Benjamin Gardea β€” Cody Pools; San Antonio, Texas

β€œIt means so much. The ability to have a platform to bring education and awareness to my fellow pool pros is incredible. Watching my friends,   family and coworkers support me in getting here also makes this award mean so much more.”



Joe PuccioCustomer Service Award

Joe Puccio β€” Clean & Clear Pools; Houston, Texas 

β€œI think it’s pretty cool to receive this honor! It’s more than just about me. My customers voted to support me and my business. I’m also excited about the training that is offered. Everyone involved will have some bragging rights! It’s all about teamwork – it takes a team!” 



BrandenlewisAdvancing Technology Award

Branden Lewis β€” Lewis Pool Service; Centerville, Tenn. 

β€œI am thrilled to have received this honor! The grand prize is truly amazing – not only does it come with an unforgettable experience, but also with a set of classes that will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to take my company to the next level. Learning more is crucial to becoming a better entrepreneur.” 



Honoring the Winners! 

Winners will be honored at the 2024 Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City, N.J.

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