Statements Tile and Stone Announces the Retirement of Steve Calkins Founder of Statements Tile Retires After More than Four Decades in the Industry
February 26th, 2015

Statements Tile and Stone announces the retirement of Steve Calkins, its founder, original president and CEO. Calkins spent his entire career—over forty years—in the tile and floorcovering business. From 1972 to 1995, Calkins led Uniq Distributing, a family-owned distribution company with locations in Seattle, Spokane, Portland and Honolulu.
Steve Calkins founded Statements Tile and Stone in 1997 and quickly grew the company into one of the preeminent tile and stone distribution companies in the Pacific Northwest.
His retirement comes after a successful transition to new ownership under Renato Baldo and Joe Giusti, owners of Vancouver, BC-based Julian Tile. Ryan Calkins will continue to serve as the General Manager and US officer for Statements Tile and Stone. Ryan Calkins notes, “My father is known for his integrity, affability, and devotion to his staff. He is irreplaceable for us, but the foundations he built for this company ensure that we are on solid footing moving forward.”
In retirement, Steve Calkins plans to shave a few strokes off of his handicap, spend a lot more time with his grandchildren, and to stay involved in the industry as the principal owner of Status Ceramics, an artisan tile studio also based in Seattle.

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