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ARTISAN TILE & MARBLE
CO. OF NJ, INC.

CELEBRATING MORE THAN
55 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

KudosPress, Awards, and Citations

We here at Artisan Tile & Marble are often asked by new potential business associates to supply references. The following awards, articles, etc. should introduce you to some of our work and achievements.

We are not just working "tile people" trying to run a business, but rather, professional business people working in the tile industry. Our accomplishments speak for themselves...

Michael Kearns.
Michael Kearns

A W(hole) In One

On April 1st 2018 Michael Kearns, Vice President of Construction and Field Superintendent, retired from the Artisan Tile & Marble family.

Way back in 1971, who would have thought that Michael’s life would change so dramatically when Arnold Hess and John Sekora stopped to give a lift to rain-soaked hitchhiker in a torrential rainstorm? The next day Michael’s life as an artisan began and as they say - the rest is history. Many things have happened since that fateful day 47 years ago - and Michael has logged in over 1 million miles traveling on behalf of Artisan.

Michael Kearns.
Michael Kearns

In 1974, he married his beautiful wife Patti. Blessed with two wonderful children, Beth and Matthew, he also has two fabulous grandchildren - Lowen and Vanessa.

Ken Sekora, COO, pictured with Michael Kearns.
Ken Sekora, COO, pictured with Michael Kearns

Throughout his almost 50 year career with Artisan Tile, Michael has led the outside forces. Scheduling manpower and materials, making initial site inspections and acting as the overall designated "Mike" of all trades.

Michael has been a valuable member of the ATM team and the quiet power behind countless successes. He has been instrumental in Artisan’s numerous awards and recognitions of excellence.

The Sekora family and the Artisan family will always be grateful for Michael’s years of dedication and integrity. He will be greatly missed and will always be remembered as one of the key reasons for our many achievements and longevity.

Michael intends to spend his retirement enjoying his family and, of course, golfing as much as possible. As he says, my hobby (no, make that my passion) is golf and I enjoy playing whenever I can. You may want to know (in case you are looking for a fourth) that I am Artisan’s ’house’ golf pro.

Ken Sekora, COO, pictured with Michael Kearns.
Ken Sekora, COO, pictured with Michael Kearns

Michael (will not be) here...but will always be an Artisan.

Congratulations Mike!

Retirement

Paul Vigna.
Paul Vigna

After 51 years in the tile and stone industry, including 21 years at Artisan Tile & Marble Co. of NJ, Inc., Paul Vigna retired on September 26, 2014.

Paul was the president of the Stone Divison of Artisan Tile & Marble Co of NJ, Inc. He was also the past-president of the Marble Institute of America, and was the recipient of their highest recognition - The Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Vigna was responsible for many award-winning projects.

Paul Vigna.
Paul Vigna

Paul is, and always will be, an Artisan.

Continued...

The Road to SignificanceRadio Interview, June 2005

John and Doris Sekora were featured on June 11, 2005 on the hit radio show, "From Success to Significance," hosted by Sal Salvo on WMTR-AM radio. Located in Morristown, New Jersey, the station is enjoyed by over 90,000 listeners.

WMTR.
WMTR.

The interview was part of a weekly radio program which interviews successful leaders of corporate America about their transition to significance, how they became successful and what barriers or hardships they overcame along their journey. The show focuses not only on how each individual became successful, but who their company is and what it does, and how each is working hard to make a difference in their community.

Doris and John were the first "couple" ever interviewed on the program.

New Jersey Monthly’s Family
Business of the Year Awards

In both 1999 and 2000, the Artisan Tile & Marble Company and the Sekora family (et al) were selected as finalists in the New Jersey Monthly’s Family Business of the Year Award.

Articles appeared in the November 1999 issues of that magazine, as well as the November 2000 issue.

Tile Contractor’s Association of
America Project of the Year Award

In recognition of outstanding projects in both commercial and residential tile installations.

2007 TCAA Tile
Project of the Year Award,
First Place,
Commercial Project
TCAA.

The Pursuit of Excellence

The TCAA’s March 2007 newsletter, 9300 Contractor, featured a cover article written by Artisan’s John Sekora.

View a copy of the newsletter to read John’s thoughts on what it takes to become a respected industry leader.

TCAA.

New Jersey Golden
Trowel Masonry Awards

In Recognition of Outstanding Achievements in Design and Construction; sponsored by the International Masonry Institute.

Hudson County Plaza ReconstructionJersey City, New Jersey
2009 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition,
Tile/Marble/Terrazzo
2009 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Best in Category,
Tile/Marble/Terrazzo
2007 TCAA Tile
Project of the Year Award,
First Place,
Commercial Project
The Professional BuildingOcean Township, New Jersey
1997 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
1997 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
AT&T Learning CenterBasking Ridge, New Jersey
1996 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Best In Category, Interiors
Continental Plaza Building #3Hackensack, New Jersey
1996 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
1550 Route 10Parsippany, New Jersey
1996 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Liz ClaiborneNorth Bergen, New Jersey
1996 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
1996 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Saks Fifth AvenueMillburn, New Jersey
1996 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Tiffany & Co.Millburn, New Jersey
1996 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Princeton
Medical Center
Princeton, New Jersey
1994 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Best in Category, Interiors
Rockaway Towne SquareRockaway, New Jersey
1994 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
1776 on the GreenMorristown, New Jersey
1993 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Detail, Marble
BM Squibb Fitness
& Medical Center
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
1993 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Indian Fields ElementaryDayton, New Jersey
1993 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Ruby Tuesday'sParamus, New Jersey
1993 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Super FoodtownWhippany, New Jersey
1992 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Home Insurance CompanyJersey City, New Jersey
1992 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
1992 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
1st Place, Tile
1992 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Count Basie TheaterRed Bank, New Jersey
1991 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
1991 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
104 Interchange PlazaCranbury, New Jersey
1991 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
1st Place, Marble
NordstromParamus, New Jersey
1991 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
1991 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Forsgate Country ClubJamesburg, New Jersey
1990 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Jersey Shore
Medical Center
Neptune, New Jersey
1990 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
First Place, Tile
Newport Center MallJersey City, New Jersey
1990 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
The Trust CompanyJersey City, New Jersey
1990 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
1st Place, Marble
Wick PlazaEdison New Jersey
1990 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
Special Recognition
Colgate Office CenterBridgewater, New Jersey
1989 NJ Golden Trowel
Masonry Award,
1st Place, Marble

There is only one boss...

The customer.

And he can fire everyone in the company,
from the chairman on down,
simply by
spending his money somewhere else.

  - Sam Walton