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 Rayburns 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 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 29 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 10 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 joined Rayburns in 2011.
July 23rd, 2016
Dear Rayburns, What a fantastic dealership you have! I just helped a friend buy a used boat from your dealership. This is the second time I have checked out one of your used boats for a friend and recommended they purchase the boat. On Friday I had a chance first hand to see how everyone at your dealership dealt with my friend when he purchased the boat. Everyone of your staff were so helpful, it was a great experience. Even down to the hitching of the boat to the truck. I simply cannot say enough about Rayburns. As Immediate Past Commodore of the Summerland Yacht Club, I have been getting asked for years where to go to buy a boat or where to go to receive service for their boat and I have in the past and will continue to recommend Rayburns. Yesterday, seeing the service you provide from all your departments was a very enjoyable experience. You deserve the the awards you have been given and I am sure will continue to receive more awards in the future. It was the attitude of every staff member that was so impressive. You are doing a great job running this dealership. Keep it up please! Thankyou,
Dear Kevin, A note to you and your staff for sending me the bimini top for my Cobalt 226. It was more than I expected and am very pleased. I was very impressed with the time and effort Cam Switzer and Curt put in to make the top complete for me. You have a great staff. It goes without saying that I do not hesitate in recommending Rayburns to any prospective buyers.
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