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 and opened 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 success solely comes from the vision that John and (his wife) Eileen Huarte had for this company when starting it - the sensibility that our relationships with our customers and our fellow employees are the most important aspect of what we do,” said company President, Bob Traxler.
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 25 locations in 7 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.
Arizona Tile was founded on the concept that goodwill towards others, including our fellow employees, is good business. We are committed to supporting our employees in providing an outstanding experience for our customers. With many employees choosing to spend 10, 20 and 30 years of their career with us, we value the family we have created within our team members.
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Every product we purchase must pass a detailed inspection before it is shipped to Arizona Tile and ultimately, our customers. All products undergo a rigid quality control process including both automated and human inspection, utilizing the most advanced technologies available in the market today.
Our years of experience in the international market allows us to select only the top suppliers with which to work. Our suppliers must adhere to the same ethics and quality standards we expect of ourselves.
Arizona Tile stocks an unparalleled breadth of inventory, thereby allowing us to provide exceptional service to our customers. Commercial developers, designers and architects look to us as a resource for technical information; while designers and builders entrust their clients to us. For customers, the experience we create while taking them through the selection process is the essence of Arizona Tile.