Meet the folks at AZ DECK.

Vaughn Walter:  Lead Estimator

Vaughn is the driving force behind AZ DECK, providing estimates to homeowners and commercial clients alike all over our great state of Arizona.  With over 20 years in the flooring industry, Vaughn pretty much knows it all. Any given day you will find Vaughn traveling to all  four corners of our state to provide our clients with a written quote. There is no cost for getting a quote at AZ DECK. Vaughn will gladly measure the patio or pool and provide you with a competitive quote on the spot and always with a smile. Vaughn is a father of two and happily married. On his off-time he loves to listen to music and detail his cars. He is an avid fan of Nascar and loves to spend time with his family. 

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Vaughn Walter:  Lead Estimator

Anne Marie Mejia : Office Administrator

When calling the office you will no doubt talk to Anne Marie who is the one woman wonder at our front office. Anne takes pride in providing our customers with the best experience possible. She has worked in the pool industry since she was just a kid following in the footsteps of her dad who has been a fixture of the pool industry here in Arizona for over 30 years.  First having worked with her father in her teen years Anne Marie moved on to work for various landscape companies in the valley of the sun and finally landing here at AZ DECK in 2015.  We are very proud to have Anne Marie on board here at AZ DECK.  If you have any questions about billing, scheduling, estimates, or just want to ask a Cool Deck question just call our office where you are sure to talk to our rockstar office administrator, Anne Marie!


Anne Marie Mejia : Administrative Assistant

Paul  Schaakelar  -  Estimator and Sales

Paul is ready to take on a challenge on a moment's notice to make himself available to homeowners and get them an accurate estimate. Paul is usually described by customers as "friendly and very knowledgeable".  Paul has been with AZ DECK 2 years and is a cherished member of the AZ DECK family.  

Richard Larios :  Founder

Construction is Richard's passion and first love. " I have been building something since I can remember", says Richard , owner of AZ DECK.  By age 13,  Richard helped his father build their home from the ground up. By age 16, Richard built his first outdoor kitchen in his dad's backyard. By age 18, Richard was Arizona's bricklaying champion in the 18 and under category.  Between 19 and 30 years of age, Richard pursued his other love - teaching, and was employed at Mesa High School, Tempe High School, and eventually Glendale Community College.  In addition, a little known fact about Richard is that he was employed with the Boy Scouts of America as a district executive helping young men grow to be strong self reliant young men.

At age 30, Richard decided to return to construction and founded AZ DECK. Since 1997, AZ DECK has been helping homeowners achieve their backyard dreams by either renovating their landscapes or their pools. These days, Richard can be found helping other entrepreneurs by growing AZ DECK to create jobs here in Arizona. Richard is also the founder of, an online contractor directory, that connects homeowners and contractors. "It is a cross between Angie's List and Craig's List", says Richard.

On off days, Richard enjoys playing live music with his band, traveling, boating, and spending time with his two sons.

We are very proud to have the best crews in the Cool Pool Deck and pool resurfacing industry here in Arizona. "If there was a Cool Pool Deck Olympics our crews would consistently take the gold", says Richard L., owner of AZ DECK.  Our teams are dedicated, trustworthy individuals whose aim is to provide our customers with the best Cool Pool Deck available. With over 20 years in the industry, our crews have the experience required to get the job done on time and to industry standards.  We have attracted the best in the industry because of our reputation of treating our crews with dignity and respect. Our employees know that landing a job at AZ DECK means they are joining the best. For that reason, "the word is out" among Cool Pool Deck installers around the valley that a spot with AZ DECK is a coveted job.  It is for this reason that when a crew works on your home or business, you can be assured that these crews are qualified, trained, screened, and experienced.  If you see them in your backyard, say hello.

The Crews

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