Master Pools Guild Honors Gib-San Pools, Ltd.

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Forever setting new trends in the pool and spa industry Gib-San Pools, Ltd, strives to provide their clients with unique, custom swimming pool environments and this pool and spa combination is an award winning example.    

Gib-San Pools Outstanding Spa DesignWhile a current trend in pool design is having an attached spa that flows into the swimming pool, this design does the exact opposite – the swimming pool appears to flow into the spa which sits a bit lower than the pool.  The pool uses an underground reservoir to store the excess water needed and the effect is quite unique and certainly visually appealing.  The spa measures 8 feet in length and is 3 ½ feet deep.  The seats in the spa are contoured which required special forms be pressed into the concrete during construction.  Contoured spa seating, traditionally found primarily in fiberglass spas, conforms to your body and offers increased comfort.  Custom spa design also allows for jet placements to be varied providing the customer options for enhanced hydrotherapy benefits. 


As part of The Master Pools Guild annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013), this spa by Gib-San Pools, Ltd., was honored with the first Outstanding Spa Award.  This new series of awards for outstanding designs were presented to entries scoring the highest points in their category during the judging process. Gregg Price, of A & A Manufacturing, an annual sponsor of Master Pools Guild, presented the award to Gib-San Pools.

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Master Pools Guild Honors Claffey Pools of Texas

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 26, 2013

Claffey Pools Texas

Overlooking a private lake, this Claffey Pool design is a beautiful reflection of natural design expertise.  The client’s request?  To build a pool 75 feet in length that complimented the 10,000 square foot log cabin home.  What did the Claffey design team deliver?  A breath taking natural design that could make Mother Nature herself stop & take notice. 

One key component to the overall plan was to ensure visibility of the waterfalls from the house as well as from the outdoor area.  Then, there is the 150 foot river.  It gives the appearance that the pool is gushing toward the lake, when in reality, the river is circulating from the lake.  The waterfalls around the pool are seamlessly woven into the pool system and the entire poolscape blends so well into the setting it is difficult to see where Mother Nature stopped & the Claffey team began.  Add the custom elements of fire features, in pool fountain, grotto, attached spa stools & table and a captivating vanishing edge and your journey to paradise is more than complete.

The Master Pools Guild, during the annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013), announced a new series of awards.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their category during the judging process.  Claffey Pools of Texas was awarded the first Outstanding Natural Pool Award for this design.  The Tiffany trophy was presented by annual sponsor Zodiac Pool Systems’, Bruce Brooks & was accepted by Brian, Charlie & Shelly Claffey for Claffey Pools.

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Patio Pools & Spas, Finalists for the 2013 BBB Torch Awards

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 05, 2013

Master Pools Guild member, Patio Pools & Spas, has been selected as one of only three businesses to be considered by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona for the 2013 Torch Awards – Ethics Award. 

The Ethics Award honors a business for its trustworthy and honorable business practices in four primary categories. The nominated business maintains a solid commitment to ethical business practices in every aspect of its operation. This award is open to any for-profit company in southern Arizona that is in good standing with BBB.

Patio Pools & Spas has a long standing reputation of being a trusted builder in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Southern Arizona. They are internationally recognized as one of the best pool builders in the world.   They are members of the Master Pools Guild as well as being members of the Aqua 100 Hall of Fame.  Founded by Gene Ragel, Sr. in 1969, the company today continues to be owned and operated by the Ragel family.


“Patio Pools is honored to be chosen as a finalist for the BBB Ethics Torch Award.  We are extremely proud of the members of our organization that their work ethics are not only appreciated by management but the community as well.  There is no greater achievement in business than being a trusted resource for the community we serve.” –  Nicole Ragel of Patio Pools.

Finalists for this year’s awards were selected by two panels of judges independent of BBB, representing both non-profit and for-profit organizations in Southern Arizona.  The awards ceremony will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 9 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson. 

The Master Pools Guild extends our congratulations to the team at Patio Pools & Spas!

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Master Pools Guild Bestows First Ever Industry Icon Award

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Apr 03, 2013

Every March, members of the Master Pools Guild gather for their spring meeting and the Master Pools Guild annual Excellence Awards.  The Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievements in many areas including design and technical engineering.  This year, there were a few special additions to the award’s ceremony, the first of which was an award not for swimming pool design or technical engineering achievement but for contributions made to the Master Pools Guild over the past several decades.  For contributions of guidance, inspiration, and partnership Vance Gillette was awarded the Master Pools Guild’s first Industry Icon Award.  

Master Pools Guild Award

“It is with much appreciation that we recognize Vance Gillette with the first Master Pools Guild Industry Icon Award”, announced Jeff Clarkson, Chairman of the Guild Board of Directors, at the awards ceremony (pictured above to the left of Vance Gillette). 

“We wanted to recognize the incredible contributions Vance has made to our members.  His positive message and the partnership we have enjoyed with Vance and Zodiac were the inspiration for this award.  The phrase industry icon fits so well and this was a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize Vance’s relationship with the Guild.” – Dick Covert, Executive Director.

“The Industry Icon Award was created to enable us to recognize individuals who have made contributions that have greatly impacted our organization and our members in outstanding ways.  The recipients can be members of the Guild or individuals in any area of our industry that have made contributions of this scale.”

The night was filled with celebrations of achievement and well wishes to Vance on his future endeavors.  

Zodiac Team

The Zodiac Team in the photo above from left to right:

Bruce Brooks - Global CEO, Troy Franzen - MD Americas,  Vance Gillette - VP of Business Development, Jon Damaska - Regional Mgr Cover Pools, Barry Greenwald - VP Cover Pools and Craig Goodson - National Accounts.

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Master Pools Guild Member Barrington Pools to Build Stingray Pool

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Apr 01, 2013

Barrington Pools, based in Chicago, Illinois, has been selected to build a new Stingray Touch pool at the Shedd Aquarium.  The pool will be approximately 1,500 square feet and will hold 18,000 gallons of water.  Barrington Pools built a similar tank in 2007 at the Brookfield Zoo. 

The pool design will allow guests to interact with the 40 stingrays who will call the tank their home.  The pool will have a depth of 2.5 feet at the edges allowing guests the opportunity to engage with the rays and the center will be much deeper offering the rays a private area of retreat.

Barrington Pools Stingray Touch Pool

Mike Murrillo, Sales and PR Director for Barrington Pools, stated "This is an amazing honor to have been selected for the opportunity to help build this amazing Stingray Touch exhibit. Our experience with building specialty pools for aquariums as well as the quality and customer service that our commercial and residential customers have come to expect will make this a project that kids and families from across the United States will enjoy for years to come."

Barrington Pools designs and manages the construction process to provide outdoor living possibilities customized for homeowners and commercial clients in search of the best quality and technology in swimming pools, spas, patios and landscapes.  Barrington Pools is a long standing, award winning member of the Master Pools Guild.

For more information visit the Barrington Pools website at

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