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Young Professionals 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 and spa 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.

The submission period for the 2021 Awards is now closed. The winner will be announced soon.

Past Winners:

2020 Young Professional of the Year:

  • Julie Kazdin Boucher, Kazdin Pools

2019 Young Professionals of the Year:

  • Justin Ivey, Blue Wave Pool Service & Supplies, Inc.
  • Reid Schindler, Schindler Design Co.
  • Travis Thompson, Cascade Custom Pools

2018 Young Professionals of the Year:

  • George Barnett, KB Custom Pools
  • Stephen Neville, CBP, CSP, PPSO, Island Construction Corporation
  • Erik Taylor, Chlorine King Pool Service
  • Mallory Wachowski, DesRochers Backyard Pool Co.

2017 Young Professionals of the Year:

  • Alexa Dal Pino, CBP, Dal Pino Quality Pools
  • Ben Cook, Superior Pools of Southwest Florida
  • Jeffrey Campbell, United Aqua Group/Aquatech
  • Joshua Henderson, Memphis Pool Supply Co.
  • Joshua Sharitz, HHHunt
  • Michael Gesmond, Heritage Pools
  • Mitch Katz, CBP, CSP, Elite Landscaping, Inc.

2016 Young Professionals of the Year:

  • Ben Bock, SCP Distributors, LLC
  • Brian Porter, Premier Pools & Spas
  • Brandon Miller, Cajun Pools & Spas
  • Jason Vaughan, CBP, National Pools of Roanoke
  • Jacob Durand, J & M  Pool Services
  • Jon Krawczyk, Superior Pools of Southwest Florida
  • Michael Ament, Town and Country Pools
  • Jospeh Varone, CBP, CST, All-Island Group 
  • Stephanie O’Neil, Contemporary Watercrafters, Inc.

Pool & Hot Tub Strategic Partners:

  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Lou

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