Pleatco to Celebrate 2023 Pool Tech Search Winners in A.C.

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Pleatco, in partnership with GENESIS / Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and AQUA Magazine, recently announced the 2023 Pleatco Pool Tech Search awards. This year, the contest had a number of outstanding entries but, in the end, only a select few of hardworking backyard heroes were named winners.

To commemorate their fine achievements, the grand finalists will receive a roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations to The 2024 Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City, where an awards ceremony and cocktail reception will take place on Monday, January 22 at Harrah's Resort: Atlantic City Pool from 6 to 7 p.m. While the awards ceremony is by invite only, all attendees are invited to congratulate the winners at The Pool & Spa Show Welcome Party, taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Harrah's Resort: The Avalon Room.

Winners will also be featured in AQUA Magazine's nationally publicized ad campaign, receive Pleatco product, and a complimentary GENESIS course registration, provided by PHTA, to further their business education. 

Thanks to everyone who participated, making the contest's 15th year a great success. Please join us, once again, in celebrating the 2023 Pleatco Pool Tech Search winners: 

Cristina Forcione 65788481d25daGrand 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.”


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Grand 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.” 


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Lifetime 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.”


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Young 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.”


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Customer 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!” 


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Advancing 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.” 

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