Master of Design Award

Pool & Spa News

Mike Giovanone, Owner of Concord Pools, Recipient of Masters of Design Award

Mark Laven, C.E.O. of Latham Plastics, Inc., has ample reason to congratulate Mike Giovanone, CPB, of locally based Concord Pools and Spas. Giovanone was recently awarded the Master of Design as a Pacific Pools Showcase Builder. The Master of Design is the most prestigious award in the pool industry, presented for excellence in custom design and innovation by the editors and managers of the Los Angeles-based magazine Pool & Spa News, the industry’s leading publication. Pacific Pools (a division of Latham Plastics, Inc.) is North America’s largest manufacturer of vinyl-liner pools, and Concord Pools is the largest dealer of Pacific Pools in the nation.

Mike Giovanone, a resident of Saratoga Springs, has been on the cutting edge of pool design for over 36 years and is recognized as an innovative force in the industry. Giovanone is the most decorated pool designer in upstate New York, having been inducted into the Aqua Magazine Swimming Pool Hall of Fame and named a Top 50 Swimming Pool Retailer nationwide, among many other bestowals.


Of the thousands of designers to participate worldwide, Giovanone was one of only four in North America and two in the U.S. to receive the Master of Design award and is the only designer in New York State ever to have been so honored.

Concord Pools has locations in Latham, Saratoga, Clifton Park, and Guilderland. According to Giovanone, “We have built over 11,000 pools in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. We employ approximately 150 local people, and Pacific employs over 1,000.”