Origins of Imagine Backyard Living

With a rich history, Imagine Backyard Living is one of the most respected hot tub and backyard living retailers in Arizona. Specializing in a range of services that includes landscape design and installation, patio furnishings and accessories, hot tubs and spas, backyard kitchens, heating/cooling amenities, and weekly pool service and repairs, at our one-of-a-kind, experiential showroom, our team delivers a stunning retail experience.

Speaking of our team, President and Owner, David Ghiz came to the business under the tutelage of his father, George Ghiz. George started Paddock Pools, a small Phoenix storefront in 1958. This business quickly grew with a line-up of quality pool products and offerings and eventually evolved into Paddock’s Garden Town on 65th Street & Thomas Rd in Scottsdale in 1964. Paddock’s Garden Town boasted the world’s largest display of pools and was headquarters for Paddock’s huge growth. Davids’s father passed away in 1988 and he and his brothers built Paddock in the largest pool and backyard living company in the US, with 17 locations in Phoenix and Las Vegas. In 2005, the brothers sold Paddock to a private equity firm out of New York.

George’s son, David, and our fearless leader grew up with the opportunity to learn from his dad and then expand that vision into the 17 store Paddock chain. And that’s something that he’s brought with him to Imagine Backyard Living. Assembled of an exceptional team comprised of individuals with decades of experience with David at Paddock, our showroom delivers an experience unlike any other in the country.
Located just east of Scottsdale Quarter near the Greenway-Hayden Loop, Imagine Backyard Living brings together everything you could ever want in a 15,000-square-foot showroom.
In addition to David, our one-of-a-kind team includes:

  • Sharon Van Tassel, CFO/COO-8 years at Paddock
  • Nancy Duffy, Showroom Manager-17 years at Paddock
  • John Amato, Sales Associate-21 years at Paddock
  • John Bryan, Sales Associate
  • Mike Shell, Sales Consultant and Orientation Specialist-6 years at Paddokc
  • Martha York, Processing Coordinator-21 Years at Paddock
  • Buddy Andrews, Owner of Blue Water Pool Chemical Co.
  • Joel Vanzant, Service/Warranty Manager &Certified Service Technician-3 years at Paddock
  • Keil Conley, Certified Service Technician-10 Years at Paddock
  • DJ Ghiz-5 Years at Paddock and Davids’s nephew!
  • Kurt Gruendler, Sales Associate
  • Brianna Laniga, Administrative Assistant and Sharon’s daughter!

Come meet our team and allow yourself to Imagine the possibilities!

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