Hello...My name is Ken Sekora and as the Chief Operating Officer of Artisan Tile & Marble Co. of New Jersey Inc. I’d like to welcome you to this latest version of our web site.
2019 marked Artisan’s 55th year in business and my personal 34th year in the tile industry.
We’ve created this site for your information education and above all enjoyment. We’re always "Under Construction" so we hope you’ll stop by often.
- Ken Sekora
Congratulations to the Artisan teams for their extraordinary work with Structure Tone at Bristol-Myers Squibb, J.T. Magen & Co. for Ralph Lauren, and Turner Construction’s LG Electronics.
Our artisans will be working on many new projects in the upcoming year including:
We would like to thank some of our great general contractors for their continued support. They include: Turner, Structure Tone, Torcon, Gilbane, Wm. Blanchard, Frankoski and Terminal Construction.
As I quietly try to slip into retirement I realize we have done our best to update our website and keep you informed of the company’s and family’s changes. And yes there have been many.
Reading some of our old newsletters found in the Addenda portion of our website I realized just how many changes. So I invite you to take a trip with me to the past and enjoy a chuckle or two by re-reading some of these old gems. It proved to be a real eye opener as to how time has flown by.
So many memories flooded back to me; the people the laughter the tears and the good times.
From the Desiderada (one of my favorite poems) at the end of Issue 10 to the all too soon loss of my brother Bob honored in Issue 11. Share my deepest thoughts in Issue 15 and Issue 17 as I pondered my typical day. You’ll enjoy the signs over everyone’s office doors in Issue 19. Daffy-nitions in that same issue put things in their proper perspective for me. My final advice will be to read 4th & 99 in Issue 11 when answers are short in supply.
It’s a shame that we stopped these newsletters back in 2001 but there just wasn’t enough time to keep them going. Its bittersweet to look back on all the people and times that have meant so much to me over the years. But time marches on and we should always look ahead to the future. I’ll still be around but I’m leaving you all in good hands.
Thank you all and of course - Enjoy!
In one of the many praises we have received in the past year for exceptional work a recent project completed at Seton Hall University garnered the following:
As we are wrapping up the project I wanted to compliment you and your team on the really nice work. The craftsmanship was outstanding and received numerous compliments from The University’s team. I had the opportunity to meet your foreman Tom (Thomas Arthur Jr.) and some of his team. They put tremendous pride into their work. Tom was particularly proud of the work involving the pirate head just inside the main entrance.
Thank you and we all look forward to working together in the future.
Steven H. Kessler PE
President Legacy 7 Construction LLC Red Bank NJ
In 2004 John Sekora was awarded the prestigious Carl V. Cesery Award at the 96th annual TCAA convention held in Olympic Valley California at Lake Tahoe. John was the 40th recipient of this prestigious award which recognizes individuals who have served the American tile trade with great distinction.
The Trowel of Excellence, sponsored by the Tile Contractors’ Association of America is designed for union tile contractors as tangible evidence that from estimating to finishing they offer the very best in products and professional installation services.
The first class of Trowel of Excellence certified contractor companies was recognized at the 2006 annual TCAA convention in San Francisco. This certification clearly demonstrates that Artisan Tile & Marble has superiority in the marketplace.
And he can fire everyone in the company,
from the chairman on down,
spending his money somewhere else.
- Sam Walton