Arizona Tile Fourth Quarter Press Release 2018
 
January 7th, 2019

John Huarte, University of Notre Dame Alumni, Gives Back

It is no secret that Arizona Tile founder, John Huarte, has strong and lasting ties with his alma mater. The shared legacy between John and the University of Notre Dame is one that is so profound, it can still be felt by many, years after the glorious revival of the 1964 Fighting Irish football team. Though his Heisman-winning battle to bring the University’s losing football team to victory has long been fought, his devotion to the University remains true. In November 2018, John along with his wife Eileen had the opportunity to give back to Notre Dame via a gracious donation of $1 million, intended to establish an endowment for grants in aid to student-athletes. Though generous, the gesture is a small way for a gracious graduate to give back to the school he loves most.

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John Huarte accepting Heisman Trophy, 1964

Growing up in a sports-loving family on his father’s citrus farm, John’s appreciation for Notre Dame began at a mere 12 years of age. Listening to Notre Dame radio at the time only heightened his admiration for the University. When his older brother decided to enroll he decided that he too would follow suit.

JHuarte3 Once enrolled at the University, John joined the football team but did not see much playing time. However, upon completion of his first few years and more notably, as a member of the unsuccessful football team, John suffered an injury to his shoulder that would have likely cost him his entire football career. Had he opted for surgery, as was recommended by three different doctors, the fate of John and his beloved team would have most certainly been altered. During his senior year, however, at the recommendation of one more doctor and urged by first-year coach, Ara Parseghian, John decided against surgery, allowing his shoulder to rest instead. This decision bought him time to regain strength and return to the football field, hailing an endless flurry of victories thereafter.

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With the help of his strategically “mined” team, John and Ara led the Fighting Irish to an impressive 9-1 season. At a crossroads where the course of his life could have changed, John found unwavering support and sound advice. The ripple effect of such advice led him to win coveted awards, play on more than five professional football teams, and grow his most beloved prize to date: his family. Now more than 54 years later, the gracious alumni has found the opportunity to give back.

About Arizona Tile

Founded in 1977 in San Diego, California, Arizona Tile has grown into a nationally recognized commercial and residential distributor with more than 25 showrooms throughout eight Western states. Arizona Tile is one of the largest independently-owned importers of stone in the United States, offering more than 230 varieties of granite, travertine, slate, marble, limestone and quartz, plus unique glass mosaics, porcelain tile and other design creations. Founded by John Huarte, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, the company is still family-owned after more than 40 years.

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Fishman Flooring Solutions Celebrates 100 Years of Business Success in 2019
 
January 7th, 2019

 

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BALTIMORE, MD., January 7, 2019 – Fishman Flooring Solutions, a leading distributor of flooring and flooring installation products, will celebrate 100 years of continuous business success in the distribution industry in 2019. By way of contrast, successful companies today typically exist for approximately 15 years.

“Over the next 12 months, we have two important centennial-related goals,” said Bob Wagner, president and CEO of Fishman Flooring Solutions. “First, we want to celebrate the past and current members of the Fishman team, as well as our customers, vendor partners and others who have contributed mightily to the success of the firm over the past 10 decades. Second, we want to identify the most important lessons that have evolved over the course of a century and make certain we continue to apply them to ensure the firm’s success well into the future.”

The company, then known as L. Fishman & Son, first opened its doors in Baltimore in 1919 selling thread and sewing supplies to workrooms. Four years later, the fledgling company became a distributor for the American Thread Company. In 1960, the company began selling carpet installation supplies for the Roberts Company. Its work for Roberts became the foundation for Fishman’s current flooring business. The firm’s name was changed in 2012 to Fishman Flooring Solutions to better reflect the value the company brings to the marketplace. The following year, the company became 100 percent employee owned.

Fishman has invested significant time over the past six months planning its centennial celebration, according to Wagner. Events to celebrate employees, customers, vendors and others have been scheduled throughout the year.

Fishman Flooring Solutions, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is the “Solutions Provider” distributor of flooring and flooring installation products. It has approximately 240 employees and 37 branches serving Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The firm, a division of L. Fishman & Son, Inc., distributes more than 36,000 products for approximately 75 vendor partners. For more information, please go to www.lfishman.com.

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