Pleatco Crowns the 2016 Perfect PoolGuy & PoolGal!


CORY EAGLES and JENNIFER DE VAGLIO are the final winners of this year’s Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy / PoolGal 2016 Search.

Pleatco, LLC and co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, today announced the winners of the 2016 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, Cory Eagles, of Moncton NB, Canada, won the prestigious title of Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy 2016. “Cory not only has a heart of gold, he has the work ethic of steel! Cory is celebrating the 10th anniversary of opening his own business and his success in Canada is due in large part to his determination, great customer service, honesty and integrity,” remarks Howard Smith, CEO of Pleatco. In response to winning the award, Cory replied, “ I am deeply honored and humbled, to be receiving one of the top awards in the industry!”

This year’s Perfect PoolGal 2016 is Jennifer Del Vaglio, our Perfect Pool Gal comes from Southold, New York. From building pools to excelling in perfect water chemistry to maintenance and retail expertise, there is nothing Jennifer does not do. She takes a lot of pride in being able to excel as a woman in the pool industry. “Her customers rave about her and say she is upbeat, positive and caring.” says Smith. Jennifer remarked” I am overwhelmingly thrilled to be honored with recognition from my clients, peers, and an industry leader like Pleatco for my dedication and hard work. It is heartwarming to know I do make a difference.”

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, CMO. "In that spirit, we selected contestants for Special Awards based on their contribution towards their community and the pool and spa industry."


Backyard Hero Award - Todd Riddick, Outer Banks NC

Outstanding Service Award - Erin Thibodeau, Pace FL

Industry Leadership Award - Jason Lehmann, North Richland Hills, TX

Lifetime Achievement Award - Douglas Hoerber, Lake Worth, FL

Big Heart Award - Mark Howard, Phoenix, AZ



“Over the nine years that Pleatco has held the contest with co-sponsor Genesis3, and the highlight of this year’s contest is the inclusion of the National Swimming Pool Foundation as co-sponsor. NSPF will award their new Advanced Service Technician™ (AST) Certification Course to each and every finalist. This significant contribution raised the level of the contest to impressive new heights.

“The service industry is extremely important when it comes to helping owners fully enjoy and appreciate their pools”, adds Brian Van Bower, Genesis Ambassador and Co-founder. “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 new co-sponsor of this wonderful contest. At NSPF we fully support initiatives that keep pools safer, keep pools open, and assure 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 new AST online course as a major prize for each and every finalist to nurture continued growth.” says Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF.

This year’s Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal will each receive a trip for two to the International Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo hosted by New Orleans in November 2016. Most important, both winners may attend the Genesis Basic Pool Construction Course free of charge ($5,000 value) being held in New Orleans. This year the contest winners (and all finalists) will receive access to NSPF’s AST Certification Course ($1,100 value). Included is a high profile awards ceremony, gala dinner, nationwide advertising campaign and thousands of dollars of free Pleatco products and for the winners.

"On behalf of Pleatco, Genesis and NSPF, we’d like to thank everyone who entered, nominated, and voted in our ninth annual ‘Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy Contest’” remarked Mary Villegas, VP Operations Pleatco. "We have been truly overwhelmed by the sheer quality of the nominations and the thousands of votes cast. The entries were extremely powerful and heartfelt across the board. And we look forward to a great awards presentation at this year’s PSP Expo in New Orleans."

The official awards ceremony will be held Thursday November 3rd, at the Pleatco booth #2101 at 1pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to attend and congratulate the winners in person.

CORY EAGLES and JENNIFER DE VAGLIO are the final winners of this year’s Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy / PoolGal 2016 Search.

Pleatco, LLC and co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, today announced the winners of the 2016 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, Cory Eagles, of Moncton NB, Canada, won the prestigious title of Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy 2016. “Cory not only has a heart of gold, he has the work ethic of steel! Cory is celebrating the 10th anniversary of opening his own business and his success in Canada is due in large part to his determination, great customer service, honesty and integrity,” remarks Howard Smith, CEO of Pleatco. In response to winning the award, Cory replied, “ I am deeply honored and humbled, to be receiving one of the top awards in the industry!”

This year’s Perfect PoolGal 2015 is Jennifer Del Vaglio, our Perfect Pool Gal comes from Southold, New York. From building pools to exceling in perfect water chemistry to maintenance and retail expertise, there is nothing Jennifer does not do. She takes a lot of pride in being able to excel as a woman in the pool industry. “Her customers rave about her and say she is upbeat, positive and caring.” says Smith. Jennifer remarked” I am overwhelmingly thrilled to be honored with recognition from my clients, peers, and an industry leader like Pleatco for my dedication and hard work. It is heartwarming to know I do make a difference.”

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, CMO. "In that spirit, we selected contestants for Special Awards based on their contribution towards their community and the pool and spa industry."

Backyard Hero Award - Todd Riddick, Outer Banks NC

Outstanding Service Award - Erin Thibodeau, Pace FL

Industry Leadership Award - Jason Lehmann, North Richland Hills, NJ

Lifetime Achievement Award - Doug Heouber, Lake Worth, FL

Big Heart Award - Mark Howard, Phoenix, AZ



“Over the nine years that Pleatco has held the contest with co-sponsor Genesis3, and the highlight of this year’s contest is the inclusion of the National Swimming Pool Foundation as co-sponsor. NSPF will award their new Advanced Service Technician™ (AST) Certification Course to each and every finalist. This significant contribution raised the level of the contest to impressive new heights.

“The service industry is extremely important when it comes to helping owners fully enjoy and appreciate their pools”, adds Brian Van Bower, Genesis Ambassador and Co-founder. “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 new co-sponsor of this wonderful contest. At NSPF we fully support initiatives that keep pools safer, keep pools open, and assure 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 new AST online course as a major prize for each and every finalist to nurture continued growth.” says Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF.

This year’s Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal will each receive a trip for two to the International Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo hosted by New Orleans in November 2016. Most important, both winners may attend the Genesis Basic Pool Construction Course free of charge ($5,000 value) being held in New Orleans. This year the contest winners (and all finalists) will receive access to NSPF’s AST Certification Course ($1,100 value). Included is a high profile awards ceremony, gala dinner, nationwide advertising campaign and thousands of dollars of free Pleatco products and for the winners.

"On behalf of Pleatco, Genesis and NSPF, we’d like to thank everyone who entered, nominated, and voted in our ninth annual ‘Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy Contest’” remarked Mary Villegas, VP Operations Pleatco. "We have been truly overwhelmed by the sheer quality of the nominations and the thousands of votes cast. The entries were extremely powerful and heartfelt across the board. And we look forward to a great awards presentation at this year’s PSP Expo in New Orleans."

The official awards ceremony will be held Thursday November 3rd, at the Pleatco booth #2101 at 1pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to attend and congratulate the winners in person.
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