Young Professional of the Year

The Young Professional of the Year Award is a peer-nominated award recognizing a forward-thinking leader under the age of 40 who will be the voice and next generation of pool, spa, and hot tub professionals.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominee is committed to being a positive role model for the profession and peers.
  • Nominee is currently under the age of 40.
  • Nominee has been employed in the pool, hot tub, or spa industry for at least three years.
  • Nominee actively participates with PHTA at a local or national level.
  • Nominee is a current employee of a PHTA member company in good standing.

2024 Nomination Deadline: June 30
Winners will be recognized at PSP/Deck Expo in Dallas, TX, this November.

Click here to complete the online nomination form.


Past Winners:

  • 2023: Lance Irby, Premier Pools & Spas - Sacramento
  • 2022: Caley Gibbs, Gib-San Pool & Landscape Creations
  • 2021: Allen Jerabeck, Tarson Pools & Spas
  • 2020: Julie Kazdin Boucher, Kazdin Pools
  • 2019: Justin Ivey, Blue Wave Pool Service & Supplies, Inc,; Reid Schindler, Schindler Design Co; Travis Thompson, Cascade Custom Pools
  • 2018: George Barnett, KB Custom PoolsStephen Neville, CBP, CSP, PPSO, Island Construction CorporationErik Taylor, Chlorine King Pool ServiceMallory Wachowski, DesRochers Backyard Pool Co.
  • 2017: Alexa Dal Pino, CBP, Dal Pino Quality PoolsBen Cook, Superior Pools of Southwest Florid; Jeffrey Campbell, United Aqua Group/Aquatech; Joshua Henderson, Memphis Pool Supply Co.Joshua Sharitz, HHHuntMichael Gesmond, Heritage PoolsMitch Katz, CBP, CSP, Elite Landscaping, Inc.
  • 2016: Ben Bock, SCP Distributors, LLCBrian Porter, Premier Pools & SpasBrandon Miller, Cajun Pools & SpasJason Vaughan, CBP, National Pools of RoanokeJacob Durand, J & M  Pool Services; Jon Krawczyk, Superior Pools of Southwest Florida; Michael Ament, Town and Country PoolsJoseph Varone, CBP, CST, All-Island Group; Stephanie O’Neil, Contemporary Watercrafters, Inc.


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  • Biolab
  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Heritage Pool Supply Group
  • Lou
  • Lyon Financial
  • Pentair
  • WatkinsWellness
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