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...
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.
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.
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.
Michael (will not be) here...but will always be an Artisan.
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 is, and always will be, an Artisan.
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.
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.
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.
In recognition of outstanding projects in both commercial and residential tile installations.
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.
In Recognition of Outstanding Achievements in Design and Construction; sponsored by the International Masonry Institute.
And he can fire everyone in the company,
from the chairman on down,
spending his money somewhere else.
- Sam Walton