Imagine Pools & Waterscapes is an A+ BBB rated company in the Okanagan Valley, specializing in the design and construction of vinyl liner, composite Latham, and Imagine Fibreglass swimming pools and waterscapes. The company is owned and operated by Ron Yavis and his wife Katie. Ron Yavis is in charge of designing, marketing, selling and supervising all projects, from the idea stage to project completion, in a hands-on capacity. He has spent the last 37+ years in the pool industry, involved in all aspects of the business. His experience includes labourer, trainer, sales person, manager, designer, general contractor and project estimator. Ron specializes in the custom design and construction of residential swimming pools, landscaping, and renovations. Ron is also a specialist in custom liner measurement. He takes great care to ensure an exact fit, which extends the life of the liner to its maximum potential. Imagine Pools & Waterscapes prides itself on being environmentally responsible by using Natural Chemistry products.
Imagine Pools & Waterscapes’ designs have won numerous national awards, and we have been featured in national and international magazines such as Pool and Spa Marketing, a Canadian magazine, and Watershapes, a California-based magazine. Imagine Pools & Waterscapes is a Totally Hayward dealer, a BioGuard dealer, and a member of the Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada.
Since starting his own business in 2004, Ron has won a Silver Award at the Pool and Hot Tub Council Awards in Toronto for “Automatic Pool Cover Design & Installations” and in 2005, his very own show pool was honored with a gold medal, winning “Best Family Recreational Center in Canada” at the Pool and Hot Tub Council Awards held in Toronto. The show pool has also been recognized as an Emerald Award winner for “The Ultimate Backyard” at the Art of Water Awards for Canada, also held in Toronto. These awards have been recognized in national and international magazines, such as Pool & Spa Marketing, Pools Spas & Patios, BC Homes, and Kelowna Homes. Ron was nominated for “Best New Business of the Year” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the 2006 Annual Business Excellence Awards for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Ron won “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Business Excellence Awards. He was also awarded the “Grand Go Getter” Award in 2007 from the Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
The company provides sales in above ground and vinyl in-ground pool kits, custom vinyl liners, pool equipment, accessories, chemicals, renovations, pool maintenance, and spas/hot tubs. This versatile company also offers a do-it-yourself consultation program and a mobile pool building vehicle that will travel to locations others may not venture. Along with the basic services as outlined above, Imagine Pools & Waterscapes will general contract a backyard project from conception to creation, as required by the consumer.
The onsite project manager/chief pool builder, Jordan, works closely with Ron and follows his lead to manage the pool crews in an efficient, professional and quality-centred manner. The pool crews are led by Jordan Yavis, Ron’s oldest son, who has 17 years of experience in the pool and spa industry. Jordan’s specialties include pool liners, plumbing and pool equipment hydraulics, pool building, installations, maintenance, carpentry, water features and renovations. He is a qualified water analysis specialist, and is very knowledgeable about all your maintenance issues and water quality problems. Jordan’s right-hand man is his brother and Katie’s son, Sawyer Mick, who assists in all aspects of the pool build. He holds his Occupational First Aid Ticket and is the onsite safety and first aid coordinator. Rounding out the Imagine Pools & Waterscapes crew is Randy Russell, who is learning the business from the ground up and excited about the industry. Kailea Kibblewhite, Katie’s daughter, is our tarp and filter cleaner expert and also helps Katie in the office whenever needed. As you can see, our crew is family and everyone is extremely important to the efficient operation of Imagine Pools & Waterscapes.
Ron’s wife Katie takes on the role of secretary of the company, and is directly involved in the management of the office and control of the finances of the company. Her 29 years of experience in the commercial banking industry is an asset to the financial management of Imagine Pools & Waterscapes, and her attention to detail and customer service complements the overall concept of this service-oriented business.
Imagine Pools & Waterscapes strives to keep quality control as our first priority along with efficiency in production and completion. This allows a comfort level for the client, which is backed by a 5-year workmanship warranty. Imagine Pools & Waterscapes works diligently at maintaining a reputation of integrity, quality workmanship, and approachable management.
The owner is involved in community organizations, such as Vernon Minor Hockey, Vernon Slo-pitch and 100 Men Who Give a Damn. Supporting minor sports in their hometown of Vernon, Ron and Katie are sponsors of mixed slo-pitch ball teams and figure skating in Vernon. Katie is a member of a Provincial Gold and Silver Medal winning synchronized figure skating team.