Arizona Tile Celebrates Opening of New Location in the Pacific Northwest
 
September 16th, 2019

Now Open in Seattle, Washington

On March 18th 2019, Arizona Tile opened the doors to its newest branch, located in Seattle, Washington. The site is home to an interactive showroom, slab viewing facility, and order desk, and highlights the use of modern technology in which customers can visualize materials in their own home by use of the on-site touch-screen. Customers can also fi nd inspiration via the wide variety of installation examples throughout the showroom floor.

CREATIVE MATERIALS CORPORATION WELCOMES STEPHEN BROOKE AS VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND SERVICES, ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATES
 
September 16th, 2019

Press Release
September 10, 2019

Addition of sales and services leadership, and adjustments to product management, position the company to stay focused on clients while accommodating continued growth.

Albany, NY – Creative Materials Corporation, a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry, welcomes Stephen Brooke as the new vice president of sales and services. In his new role, Brooke will manage all combined sales and service operations. Effective immediately, Brooke joins Creative Materials’ senior leadership team, and will be based out of Dallas, Texas.

“Stephen has deep roots and an exemplary history in the surfaces industry,” said Ryan Micklus, Creative Materials president & CEO. “We will look to Stephen’s leadership and experience as we lean into our vision of setting a new standard for surface material supply for our clients.”

Brooke comes to Creative Materials with close to 20 years of experience across the architect and design, construction, distribution, manufacturing and sustainability industries. Most recently he was responsible for the sales and marketing of Mosa products for the US market. He was instrumental in contributing to significant revenue growth over four years.  Brooke also served three years as NYC regional sales manager for Stone Source, its largest market, and has held numerous leadership positions within the industry throughout the course of his career. He has excelled in building high performing teams.

With the addition of Brooke, Creative Materials will align both sales and services under his leadership. The marketing and product management functions will also now be aligned under the leadership of Jennifer Barbic, director of product and marketing, with Scott Bocketti assuming ownership of product management and procurement of the company’s ceramic, porcelain and glass product category.  The changes in internal alignment directly support Creative Materials’ strategy to unify interactions with all clients and stakeholders throughout the end-to-end process of commercial projects.  The ultimate goal of the alignment is to help simplify the selection and supply of surface materials on commercial construction projects.

“Creative Materials has a rich history of caring about clients and offering industry-leading services. With growing momentum in the company, there is a tremendous opportunity to harness that momentum and innovate to benefit our clients” says Brooke. “I’m excited to join this amazing, creative team.”

Visit www.creativematerialscorp.com/executive-team for more information on Creative Materials’ executive team.

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About Creative Materials Corporation

Creative Materials Corporation is a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry. Utilizing extensive experience supplying materials to commercial construction projects, Creative Materials guides architecture firms, developers, and corporate multi-unit brands through product specification and the successful supply of materials to each and every project. Creative Materials adds value to client’s projects by offering an unmatched combination of product sourcing capabilities, nationwide supply chain solutions, and excellence in service. A committed, consultative approach enables clients to “Create with Confidence.”

Media Contact:
Jennifer Barbic
Director of Product & Marketing
jbarbic@creativematerialscorp.com
518.213.8011 | 800.207.2967


Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2
 
August 1st, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 25, 2019

Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2

New Haven, CT – One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Tile America launched a shoe drive to collect 1,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

The 1,007 pairs of donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.

“We were overwhelmed with the response we received. Shoes started pouring in as employees cleaned out their closets and solicited donations from friends and family members. We were very excited to reach our goal of over 1000 pairs and are thrilled to support this wonderful charity.”– Brian Knies, Owner & President of Tile America

The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty simply do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.

About Tile America Gives Back

In 2018 Tile America initiated Tile America Gives Back, a program with a Corporate Social Responsibility Statement of: “Tile America is committed to improving our local, national, and global communities. Our obligation is to consistently use our collective resources, intellect, and abilities as a successful company to improve conditions both socially and environmentally. Each quarter the employees of Tile America set forth on a mission to help those in need.

About Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization re-purposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.

Photo below:

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(L) Laurie Ruotolo, Tile America, Purchasing Manager & HR Administrator, (C) Brian Knies, Tile America President & Owner, (Right) Cailin Cerruto, Tile America Executive Assistant For more information please contact Cailin Cerruto, ccerruto@tileamerica.com


KB Tribe Chat topic: Bathroom Design Trends – A Mid-Year Review
 
July 31st, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

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Green Afoot: Environmentally Friendly Flooring
 
July 30th, 2019

“Few places in your home have a bigger impact on your family’s health and planetary footprint than your floors…Tiles made from recycled porcelain, concrete or glass are durable, low-maintenance and generally have low carbon footprints. Plus, its unique appearance can’t be replicated with any other material” (via @MotherEarthLiving)

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Read more here: https://www.motherearthliving.com/home-products/green-afoot-environmentally-friendly-flooring 


Five Reasons Tile is Trending in Hospitality
 
July 26th, 2019

“Tile is nonporous. This means that it’s easy to keep clean and hygienic.” He adds, “There’s a reason that this is the material used where cleanliness is an absolute necessity, like in operating rooms.” (via @Lodging)

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Read more here: https://lodgingmagazine.com/five-reasons-tile-is-trending-hospitality/


Are you Celebrating Christmas in July?
 
July 25th, 2019

Are you Celebrating Christmas in July? Let’s check in on our Elf on the Shelf, to see how he’s enjoying summer vacation.

WhyTile-Social-Media-Messaging-July-2019-7-25See more here: https://www.pinterest.com/whytileideas/elf-on-a-shelf-ideas-easy-to-elaborate/

 


KB Tribe Chat topic: Design with Living in Place in Mind – Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf
 
July 24th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

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Parental Warning: Harmful Chemicals in Vinyl Floors, Furniture
 
July 22nd, 2019

Researchers have found that children living in homes with vinyl flooring and sofas treated with fire retardant chemicals show increased levels of certain toxic chemicals.
These chemicals have been associated with serious health issues, including respiratory problems, neurological issues, skin irritation, and cancer.

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Read more here: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/vinyl-floors-expose-children-to-harmful-chemicals 


KB Tribe Chat topic: A Focus on Outdoor Living
 
July 17th, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at http://tweetchat.com/ using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

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