John was born and raised in Penticton. He spent all of his spare time working and playing at his dad’s marina on Skaha Lake. Following high school, he completed a 4 year marine apprenticeship and later became a Johnson Evinrude and OMC stern drive master technician. He also became MerCruiser certified.
He enjoys spending as much time as he can on the water; he spends 3-4 days a weeks water skiing and cruising on weekends with friends and family! John joined Rayburns in 1986.
Tony was born and raised in Penticton. He married his high school sweetheart Mona in 1985. They had two kids together and have enjoyed the boating lifestyle and all the pleasures it can bring to a family. Tony enjoys all aspects of his treasured Okanagan lifestyle and he believes it’s always been about family and being involved. Tony joined Rayburns in 1995.
Craig was born and raised in Penticton, BC. He grew up on Skaha Lake working for his father renting out boats most summers.
Craig spends a lot of his free time on the water surfing and waterskiing with his wife and two sons. Craig joined the Rayburn's sales team in 2014
John Vangolen "JV"
John was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He has boating in his blood starting from an early age spending his weekends and summers traveling to the Gulf Islands, San Jaun’s and Desolation Sound on his family’s cruiser. John learned how to sail at age 8 and operate a tender with a 9.9 at age 9. John purchased his first new 19′ boat at age 23 and has been on the water ever since. John has been a supporting member of the Kelowna Yacht Club since 1981 and has worked at Rayburn’s for the past 24 years. Did you know John sold the first Cobalt boat in Western Canada in 1995? So if you’re just starting your boat research or want some great advice John is here to help educate you.
John joined Rayburns in 1989.
Kit Crowe, Sales Delivery Specialist
Kit lived in Vancouver, BC as a youth, but his family had fallen in love with the Okanagan in the 1950′s and purchased a lakefront vacation property there. Summer holidays were spent largely on or in the water, boating, waterskiing, sailing, fishing and swimming. Kit’s grandfather built him his first sailboat when he was just 8 years old; he’s enjoyed sailing ever since. Kit has sailed throughout Hawaii and crossed the Pacific Ocean back in 1980. To this day, he savours his boating time spent on the water with family and friends.
Kit is an NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level 2 waterskiing, wakeboarding and wakesurfing coach, as well as an NCCP Level 1 downhill skiing coach.
Bev Orr, Sales Administrator & Reception
Bev, for the last nine years, has been the friendly face at the front counter and the lovely voice on the phone. As are many of our employees Bev has been a member of the Kelowna Yacht Club and enjoys friendships she's developed over the years.
Kevin manages our Calgary Store and handles Boat Sales and the Parts and Service Department. Kevin has been with Rayburns since 2011.
June 18th, 2016
I would like to thank you for my boat repair that you handled last week during my holidays! As you know, my family time when I have it is very important to me and the quick turnaround was very much appreciated and I will recommend you guys to all my boating friends and family!!! All the best and I will see you for my winterization this fall!
Jan. 6th 2017
Highly recommened Rayburns as they have gone above an beyond to make my first boat purchase a fantastic experience! Craig was able to answer all my questions via email through constant communication and responding with picture requests. I was considering this purchase from Calgary without a first hand visual myself so had to put some trust in them. After countless hours spent browsing the net for boats I felt confident in my dealings with them online. Also a huge shoutout to Shandelle who was able to secure not only financing at a great rate but also boat insurance at a price match on the spot as my local company was unavailable to due to the long weekend! Great service and true to their word on all counts. Super happy with my first boat and it was better than the pictures when I finally saw her in person! Thanks Rayburn for taking the worry out of my purchase! Our family can now create new memories together and I couldn't be happier!
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