PHTA Honors Greg Garrett Scholarship Award Winners

Greg Garrett scholarship winners 2023
Lee Comer, Carolina Pools and Backyards (left); Kaitlyn Bierce, Neave Group (right)

The PHTA has awarded the 2023 Greg Garrett Scholarship Awards to Kaitlyn Bierce, pool service technician for the Neave Group, and Lee Comer, owner and operator of Carolina Pools and Backyards. The winners were announced during the PHTA Awards of Excellence Reception at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo on Nov. 12, 2023, in Las Vegas.

Given in memory of Greg Garrett, who dedicated 45 years to the pool and hot tub industry and served in many leadership roles, this $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a PHTA member in the builder or service sector for PHTA educational or certification fees to increase professionalism and provide an opportunity for continuing education. The scholarship was presented last year by the PHTA Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee. This year, PHTA was able to offer two scholarships thanks to a sponsorship from Periodic Products, Inc.

Bierce, who received the scholarship sponsored by Periodic Products, Inc., is known by her colleagues as a hard worker with a drive to grow and learn as much as she can. She understands the important role education and certification play in her success, especially in interactions with clients. Her professional experiences and training thus far allow her to speak to clients with confidence and knowledge.

Bierce became a certified pool and spa maintenance specialist last year and plans to use her scholarship to expand her wiring, electricity, construction and design skills.

“I have come to learn that there is always something new to learn each and every day,” Bierce says. “My goal is to always keep learning.”

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Comer, who was selected by the Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee, is dedicated, diligent and detail-oriented. She is a natural leader who understands the importance of staying current on industry trends, safety standards and guidelines. Comer cares deeply about customer service and earning her clients’ trust and business.

With her scholarship, Comer plans to take additional PHTA and GENESIS courses focused on construction, standards and design trends.

“My goal is to not just meet but exceed my client’s expectations, and relevant education and certification make that possible,” Comer says. “I take all education seriously and will use the knowledge gained through this scholarship to further educate my team.”

For more information about the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award, visit https://phta.org/garrett-award.

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