LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Waterscapes Pools & Spas (WaterscapesPools.com), one of Florida’s largest residential pool builders and a subsidiary company of Neal Communities, recently hired Rob LaGasse and Kari Osnes as pool designers.
In their new roles, LaGasse and Osnes will work with clients to design their new custom pools or spas. LaGasse will be based in the Lakewood Ranch office while Osnes will service Lee and Collier counties.
A third generation pool contractor, LaGasse brings 30 years of experience in the pool business to Waterscapes Pools & Spas. He worked for his family’s pool company as a teenager and began his own pool cleaning business at 16 years old.
The Sarasota native joined Waterscapes Pools & Spas’ Lakewood Ranch office to be a part of a large team that creates a quality product, he said.
Osnes has over 20 years in the construction and design industry and has consulted on and completed numerous new construction and remodeling projects. Prior to joining Waterscapes Pools & Spas, she was a design associate for a licensed interior designer and worked in sales for high-end remodeled homes in Naples, Fla.
“I am excited to design custom pools and spas for Waterscapes Pools & Spas and be part of their successful team,” said Osnes, originally from Minnesota. “Our business is growing in Lee and Collier counties, and I look forward to meeting the needs of the clients in this region.”
Sales for Waterscapes Pools & Spas increased by 43 percent in 2015, selling 459 pools compared with 320 pools sold in 2014. Waterscapes Pools & Spas President John Collier plans to increase sales in 2016.
Waterscapes Pools & Spas has already been honored with several awards for excellence in 2016. The company won two Reader’s Choice First Place awards for Best Local Pool Builder from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune – one for Manatee and one for Sarasota.
The company was also given three honors by the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association’s 2016 Parade of Homes, including Best Overall awards for the Silver Mist 2 model pool at the Silverleaf community in Parrish, the Barbados II model pool at the Highfield community in Lakewood Ranch and the Dominica II model pool at The Concession in Bradenton.
About Waterscapes Pools & Spas
Since 2010, Waterscapes Pools & Spas has grown to be one of southwest Florida’s largest residential pool builders. A subsidiary company of Neal Communities, Waterscapes is based in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and builds pools from Hillsborough County south to Naples. The firm has won 14 Parade of Homes awards and other accolades include several Sarasota Herald-Tribune Readers’ Choice awards. Waterscapes Pools & Spas is a family-owned company. For more information, visit WaterscapesPools.com or call 941-479-6076.