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.
Both sales and service experiences with your team were outstanding. As a new boat owner who plans on upgrading every few years, I can say that Rayburn's has won my long term business. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for the friendly and efficient customer service experience. That is why I will keep coming back to Rayburns.
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