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Poolwerx Business Development Manager Phil Colburn has been recognised by the Franchise Council of Australia as the Field Manager of the Year QLD/NT in the industry association’s 2020 Regional Excellence in Franchising Awards.

Held virtually across Australia, the awards recognised high-achieving small businesses and franchise support staff across the nation.

After a 30-year career in franchising, in support roles and as a franchisee himself, Mr Colburn joined Poolwerx in 2016, where he is responsible for the growth of the Brisbane South and New Zealand regions, encompassing 27 partners, 45 territories and 25 stores. 

A leader within the business, Mr Colburn was awarded for his commitment to the network over the year, providing endless support, advice and coaching to franchise partners and fellow team members,  and his commitment to professional development within the broader pool and franchising industry.

John O’Brien, Poolwerx founder and CEO, said it was always a proud moment to have a Poolwerx team member recognised for their achievements, even more so by the Franchise Council of Australia.

“Phil is an undeniably remarkable member of our team and this award is very well deserved. It recognises his hard work across the business and industry. Phil truly embodies the Poolwerx values, putting people first, finding the better way and daring to succeed – always,” Mr O’Brien said

“In a challenging year, Phil has shown great resilience and strength for his network, driving his franchise partners to continue to grow, succeed, and support each other.”

Mr Colburn acknowledged his entire team of franchise partners and the broader Poolwerx network upon receiving the award. 

“I am very humbled to have received the Field Manager of the Year accolade, but it’s been a big team effort. I’m extremely proud of the hard work of all my partners and colleagues,” Mr Colburn said. 

“It is an honour to work with the people I work with and help their businesses flourish year after year. The home services industry is experiencing huge growth globally and I’m excited to help my franchise partners capitalise on this opportunity.”

Poolwerx was founded in Australia 27 years ago to become the world’s largest pool service brand with over 160 retail outlets and 600 mobile vans in 350+ territories across Australia, New Zealand and the United States.


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