In 2008, Elite Landscaping, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., was honored with five awards at the Northeast Spa and Pool Association. The competition included more than 200 submissions from designers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

“I am honored to have received these five awards,” said David Katz, Elite Landscaping’s president. “Our commitment to pool design and construction excellence was also recognized by 13 other awards received in 2008 by Elite’s very talented and committed staff.

“We are determined to listen to our clients and understand their needs, and then deliver a product that is Beyond Expectation. We treat every project as if it was at our own home and every customer like family.”

Most people think about sitting near the pool or swimming. Katz, a Certified Building Professional, looks at its visual impact, and also considers safety, hydraulics, simplicity of maintenance and low energy use. He is one of only 220 Certified Building Professionals in the United States. Katz’s experience over 30 years makes each of Elite’s environments more than just water and nice patios. His designs consistently bring the environment, architecture, client’s lifestyle and needs together in a cohesive and dramatic (but not ostentatious) presentation.