In 1977, after 10 years of playing football at the collegiate and professional levels, Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte decided to focus his leadership and team-building skills on a new business endeavor. He took a leap and signed a lease on the back of a cardboard box, opening the first Arizona Tile location in San Diego, California.
Forty years later – With hundreds of employees, nearly half of which have been with the company for over a decade, and many who have been with the company since the beginning, unparalleled customer service, and products from around the world – Arizona Tile has become one of the leading tile and slab distributors in the U.S. Our products are distributed to residential and commercial customers throughout the Western United States.
John Huarte, CEO and Owner of Arizona Tile, founded the company in 1977. Beginning with a small store in San Diego, California, the company has since grown to more than 26 locations in 8 western states. John and his wife, Eileen, have five children, including sons Matt and Mark and son-in-law Joe Kennedy, who are part of the Management Team and involved in the day-to-day management of the company.
Prior to founding Arizona Tile, John spent almost ten years playing football. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1964 as quarterback of the Fighting Irish. In 2006 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he played professional football for eight years with Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Chicago in the NFL, as well as Memphis in the WFL, before retiring from professional sports in 1975.
In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, John is involved with several philanthropic organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. John’s Health Foundation in Santa Monica, California.
John HuarteFounder and CEORead Bio
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Randy MorreimVP OF STONE AND SLAB DIVISIONRead Bio
Roy KunihiroVP OF QUARTZ, STONE AND TILERead Bio
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