Every year, the competition is fierce, and this year was no exception.
Filtration products maker Pleatco named its Perfect PoolGuy and Perfect PoolGal, voted by the industry and public. The winners received a trip for two to the 2019 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in New Orleans, where they also attended a Genesis school free of charge. Winners and finalists were offered a free Pool & Hot Tub Alliance course.
This year's Pleatco Perfect PoolGal is Averi Edwards.
Just five years ago, Edwards entered the industry as a rookie. But her never-ending hunger for knowledge led to an expanding leadership role and growth of her company’s service department.
Her father — Steve Edwards, owner of Edwards Pool Construction in Wichita, Kan. — offered her a job in 2014 after he struggled to find quality service techs to maintain the pools he had built. She now splits her time between managing the service department, assisting with day-to-day operations and running her own service and repair route three days a week.
Edwards most enjoys educating clients through “pool schools” that teach them how to operate and treat their pools.
She has relished the educational opportunities offered to the Perfect PoolGal, especially the construction sessions. “My father has incredible talent and is a great teacher,” she says, “but for a few years, I was hesitant to learn the construction side of the business. Now that I have some solid experience in the field and a working knowledge of pools, I feel more confident ...”
She also hopes to continue the reputation her father created as a high-end custom gunite pool builder.
Although a self-professed workaholic whose work is never far from her mind, Edwards also enjoys playing with her three-year-old daughter, tackling home improvement projects and spending time at the lake.