PoolWerx chief wins management award

By Sarah Stowe | 29 Oct 2015 View comments

The founder and chief executive officer of pool care franchise business PoolWerx, John OÕBrien, has won the Australian Institute of ManagementÕs (AIM) 2010 Owner/Manager of the Year Award.

The award was open to managing partners and owners of businesses across all industries and seeks to recognise hard working individuals who have channelled their experience and vision into viable businesses.

Since the foundation of the PoolWerx business in 1992, OÕBrien has grown the national pool and spa care network from six pool vans to an international franchise network with 263 active mobile service vans and retail hubs.

“Building PoolWerx into a successful international company has been a challenge, but also my biggest passion,” he said. “We recently made some large scale adjustments to our business model including reducing our franchise fees by almost $500,000 across the group and injecting an extra $500,000 in support services into the system.

“We see these as important initiatives in making the PoolWerx system even more accessible to new franchisees.”