Arizona Tile kicks off 40th anniversary celebration events in San Diego

Arizona Tile celebrated its 40th anniversary with an event on June 15, 2017 commemorating its first branch and first lease in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Arizona Tile is hosting celebrations for employees and customers at all of its locations this year in celebration of its 40th anniversary. On June 15th 2017, the company hosted an event for its San Diego branch. This branch is the  company’s first location, and the location where its first lease was signed, so this event represented a milestone for the company. Originally the party was scheduled to take place at the company location on Morena Blvd, but the response was so outstanding that it outgrew the venue and the celebration was moved  to Town and Country Resort.

 

John Wirtz of Wirtz Quality Installations (l. to r.); Mark Huarte, Arizona Tile (son of founders John and Eileen Huarte) and George Gasaway of Custom Building Products.

Jack Penny on the drums!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several of the company’s former employees were in attendance at this event, including Jack Penny. Jack Penny was a branch manager and outside sales rep at the San Diego location for over 20 years and retired a few years ago. Not only did he attend the party, but his band, The Shenanigans, provided musical entertainment at the event.

 

Arizona Tile executive team members were also in attendance including:

  • John and Eileen Huarte (founders)
  • Bob Traxler (President)
  • Gary Skarsten (Executive Vice President and CFO)
  • Beth Gaughan (VP of Sales)
  • Don Kesteloot (Vice President of Finance)

Founders John and Eileen Huarte outside the San Diego branch store.

The company was thrilled to see so many team members, former team members, and customers at the event. Many of the customers in attendance of this specific event have been shopping with Arizona Tile since the company began in 1977.

As part of the celebration, Arizona Tile raffled off a steak dinner as well as a Notre Dame football signed by owner and founder, John Huarte, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1964 while playing for Notre Dame.

Following is a schedule of remaining 40th Anniversary events this year:

June 15th, 2017 – San Diego CA

June 22, 2017 – Dallas TX

July 11, 2017 – Rancho Cordova, CA

Aug 25, 2017 – Albuquerque, NM

September 14, 2017 – Salt Lake City, UT

September 21, 2017 – Houston, TX

October 12, 2017 – Livermore, CA

October 19, 2017 – Denver, CO

October 25, 2017 – Roseville, CA

November 2, 2017 – Tucson, AZ

December 6, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

December 7, 2017 – Anaheim CA

Welch Tile and Marble and Noble Company Team Up To Host Quality Five Star Event in Michigan

NTCA Five Star Contractors who attended the summer meeting in Grand Haven, Michigan June 7th-9th were welcomed with open arms by management and employees of Welch Tile and Marble and the Noble Company.  The two-day event offered a variety of educational programs, including a plant tour and live demonstrations by the Noble Company, and a complete company interactive session between Five Star Contractors and Welch Tile employees.  By doing this, the Five Star members were exposed to some new ideas for managing a contracting business.  Equally important, Welch Tile was exposed to some different and exciting ways of operating that the Five Star Members were able to share.  Everyone came out of the session energized and supporting this concept. NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox presented new strategic objectives and received feedback from the group.  Capping off the program were presentations on developing a culture in your company that embraces change and outstanding performance by a local general contractor and a lively contractor and distributor roundtable discussion.
The NTCA Five Star summer meeting for 2018 will be hosted by Daltile in Nashville, Tennessee and is currently being planned.

The Noble Company hosted the members with a plant tour and dinners on the shores of Lake Michigan

Small Groups of Contractors met with Welch Tile Employees for a unique sharing experience.

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iQ Power Tools introduces New Line of Safety Gear

iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, introduces a new line of protective eye and ear gear that is the perfect balance of comfort and safety.

Two sleek and stylish safety glasses deliver good looks, comfort and advanced vision protection required to take on any challenge.  They are durable enough to withstand the demands of the jobsite while the ultra lightweight design provides all day comfort. Features include scratch resistant coating, impact resistant and polycarbonate lenses.

iQ Powertool’s hearing protection gear, with a NNR29 rating, offers superior comfort and is designed to be a high noise reducing/protection earmuff. The adjustable headband and premium ear cushioning provide all day comfort and can be folded at the end of the day for storage.

“We are thrilled to be launching this new line of safety products as safety is our number one priority at iQ,” said Joel Guth, president of iQ Power Tools. “We’re focused on identifying and reducing risk from job sites with the development of professional tools and technology and of course, education.”