Dan takes the plunge in new profession

Joseph Bulmer

Local man honours ant national industry awards ceremony

A BARNSTAPLE swimming pool specialist has been honoured for throwing himself in at the deep end to get ahead in his profession.

Daniel Johnson, of Roundswell-based Golden Coast, has only been involved in the industry for 18 months but has been crowned “Pool Star of the Year” at a national awards ceremony.

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association (SPATA) and British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) awards are open to all British manufacturers, suppliers and builders of swimming pools.

Daniel, who joined Golden Coast from an automotive background, was aware of his lack of previous experience in the swimming pool industry but completely immersed himself in the subject in order to provide professional technical assistance to customers on a diverse range of subjects and products.

Jamie Adams, managing director at Golden Coast, said suppliers had commented on Daniel’s professional approach and his appetite for learning, not only about the benefits of a product but also seeking solutions to meet customers’ needs.

“Dan’s rapid development and understanding of both the products and services the company offers and the diverse nature of our customers, has allowed him to take a more proactive approach to his role,” he said.

“He now regularly visits customers at their premises and offers further advice and training when required.”