Celebrating 30 Years with KZP

Recently, Ray Salinas, Renovation Manager at Keith Zars Pools, was nominated as Most Valuable Player for the Pool and Spa News national Top 50 Builder Award.

“Every other year, we ask each Top 50 Builder to name one employee as their Most Valuable Player — the one person whose contribution had a profound impact on the company’s success,” Pool and Spa News.

As Ray celebrates 30 years with Keith Zars Pools, we would like to share the many reasons why his nomination is so special to our company and all those who have been a part of his professional journey.

Ray Salinas joined Keith Zars Pools 30 years ago. He began his career with our company working in New Residential Construction on the Deck Crew. Ray stood out because of his incredible work ethic and attention to detail. Ray was reassigned to different crews over the next 10 years to further his knowledge and expertise of the pool construction process. Eager to learn more, Ray began working for our Maintenance Department and soon transitioned to our Service Department. As Ray continued to show his leadership potential, his proficiency and talents soon solidified themselves at Keith Zars Pools. The time had arrived to use all of this experience and take Keith Zars Pools in a new direction.

Ray’s next endeavor at Keith Zars Pools would be starting what would be become our Renovation Department. After working in every facet of our company in some capacity, Ray had accumulated a wealth of experience. His unmatched skillset was the perfect fit for this new endeavor. With just one assistant, Ray started reaching out to individuals that needed pool repairs, whether the pools were Keith Zars Pools or pools built by another company. He realized the incredible potential in this untapped arena of quality pool repair, and soon he was hiring more staff, purchasing more equipment, adding trucks and trailers to the fleet, and building a dedicated office space for his team.

Today, the Renovation Department continues to grow at an average rate of 12% a year, employs two full-time crews, three full-time Sales Designers, a full-time Administrator, and two seasoned Field Supervisors. The hard work and dedication of the team, led by Ray, has made the Renovation Department a pivotal part of the success of Keith Zars Pools. With Renovation in-house crews that have been have a part of the Keith Zars family for many years, customers trust the quality and value brought to each project.

“These crews are hands on from the start of a pool renovation to the end of the renovation project,” says Ray Salinas, the Renovation Manager. “The amazing thing is that these skilled crews can do anything from prepping a pool for a re-plaster to simply retiling a pool.”

Seeing familiar faces is a testimony to the longevity of the team that Ray has assembled and brings more value and credibility to his department. His team adores him, his dedication to his customers and his scommitment to the vision of Keith Zars Pools.  

“I am excited for what 2020 holds for our department! Our success would not be possible without my incredible team,” says Ray Salinas, “We have a culture that thrives on excellence and comradery. We all want Keith Zars Pools representing the best in the pool industry!”

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If you have questions about a commercial or residential project or would like to schedule a no-obligation, one-on-one consultation with one of our designers, please call us at 210-494-0800. If you prefer, you can e-mail us at info@keithzarspools.com, or fill out the form right here on this page.

  • Coping/Decking: 
    • Keith Zars Pools delivers a wide range of coping and decking edges and finishes, and our stone masons will construct your coping and decking to flawlessly fit your pool. 
    • For a more contemporary look, consider clean, square-cut edges paired with a stunning array of elegant cut stone, travertine and porcelain finishes. 
    • For a more traditional look, consider bullnose-edge coping and freeform deck shapes coupled with the soothing textures and colors of flagstone, salt and cool coat finishes.

Water & Fire Feature Additions

The addition of water and fire features can enhance your entire outdoor experience in a variety of ways. The soothing sights and sounds of a new waterfall or water feature, or the warmth and light created by a fire bowl or fire pit, can create striking visuals, new focal points, and add a heightened level of symmetry, originality, functionality and luxury to your overall pool design.

  • Water Features: 
    • Adding water features, such as delightful bubblers on an existing sun shelf, lively deck jets around your pool’s coping, and stunning sheer descents or scuppers that allow water to gently cascade down a raised pool wall, provides gorgeous highlights and accents to your pool that you can marvel at.  
    • Waterfalls create a cozy, perennial and soothing look and feel to any pool. The beautifully colored stones and gently flowing water can bring balance and harmony to your outdoor space and transform your entire outdoor experience.
  • Fire Features: 
    • Fire bowls, fire pits and custom fire accent features give way to a spectacular display of color, vibrancy and light that allow you and your family to enjoy your pool day and night. Discover how the elements of water and fire combined create a magnetic and harmonious balance and produce a gorgeous chemistry that’s both subtle and bold.

Decking & Spa Additions

  • Added Deck Space
    • Expanding the amount of decking in your back yard can allow for more space to entertain and relax poolside. Imagine a new patio addition around your pool to place a set of comfortable lounging chairs, a stylish outdoor dining spot, a stunning outdoor kitchen area or a striking fire pit and seating area. 
  • Add a Spa
    • Adding a spa to your existing pool is a great way to bring a new level of functionality and enjoyment to your personal outdoor retreat. Spas offer a therapeutic experience and, with vast array of styles and custom features from which to choose, your new spa will not only relax and invigorate you, it can become the focal point of your pool and serve as an energetic and complementary addition to its entire design. 

New Pool Amenities

  • Are you looking to find new ways to spend time in your pool? Adding a swim-up bar, a sun shelf, and umbrella anchors can boost your experience and bring a new level of luxury to your outdoor space. 
  • For added recreational fun, consider incorporating a water slide, a diving board, a basketball goal or a volleyball anchor. 
  • You can even add or relocate steps and seat benches in your pool, or have new LED lights installed to broaden your pools functionality and visual appeal.

Alone you can dream of your ultimate backyard sanctuary. Together we can achieve it. Contact Keith Zars Pools today to schedule an appointment with one of our renovations experts and begin your pool remodeling project.

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We had a cocktail pool installed by KZP and the pool turned out fantastic. We received quotes from two other pool companies, and while KZP was the higher, they were also the only ones willing to work with our custom design. They use top-quality materials and offered a huge selection of pool fittings/finishes. Kent Ely in sales was easy to work with and was pressure-free at making the sale. Bill Sturgis was our site supervisor (we didn't see him very often but was very responsive to email, phone calls, or text messages). Elizabeth, in the design department, was fun to work with while we picked color scheme and tiles. They had a very small space to work with and they did what they had to do to make it work. I would recommend KZP to anyone.

- Roberto Garcia | Google Review

We are very excited to start using our Kieth Zar's pool this summer. They turned our backyard into our dream. Tony came out and answered all our questions on the initial visit, and measured everything in our backyard, including trees. He returned the next week with an outstanding design on paper and a 3-D model on the computer that made it come to life. We had some delays and struggles with HOA, but knowing that Zar's was in our corner and doing all the work to get everything approved, we had no worries. Work was completed on schedule, even with weather delays. John and Toby walked us through and answered all our questions along the whole build process. We also know we can still call with any more questions we have along the way, even though the job is complete.

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Keith Zars Pools is dedicated to designing and constructing breathtaking custom pools and spas that transform each customer’s backyard into their own personal retreat. We are committed to total customer satisfaction, not only with the end result but with every step of the design and construction process. Our attention to detail is second to none.

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