As you know, we're very proud of our team here at FSI.
From our account managers to our team of factory trained installers, quality starts with the people and products we believe in.
Which is why we are so excited to introduce you to John Stewart, our new Ceramic Tile Division Manager who brings over 30 years of experience in the tile industry.
Below are a few questions to get to know John better!
1. How did you get started in the flooring industry?
A neighbor of mine was a tile setter and was looking for a helper. I was in between jobs at the time and that’s when my career started in the flooring industry at Tile Masters in 1988.
After working with Tile Masters for a year as an installer, business started to slow down. With my tile installation background, I was offered a warehouse position with DalTile in 1989. Promotions were later offered into sales as my experience and love for ceramic tile continued to grow.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have learned from the best in the business and help clients experience the benefits of Ceramic Tile.
2. I heard you owned your own business and actually installed tile yourself. How does that help you relate to the needs of your clients?
It helps with the ability to answer questions that the average person couldn’t answer if they never installed tile. You have an understanding not only on a product level but the installation level as well. For example, when should you use certain trim pieces and what types of tile would work best in what areas.
Perfect prep and layout is the most important part of your tile project. This helps to complete your project faster with less and often times no mistakes!
3. What is your favorite thing about tile?
The overall beauty when the job is complete and value for clients. By adding Ceramic Tile into your space, it raises the value of your real estate.
Ceramic Tile is very versatile and has the ability to withstand water and stains. Not only is it budget friendly, it’s durable, easy to clean, anti-slip and can be used in most areas.
With all those benefits, who wouldn’t want Ceramic Tile? I would know, my whole house is tiled!
4. If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering tile, what would it be? .
Durability …. Ceramic Tile lasts forever!
That is a LIFETIME of …
Environmentally safe products
5. What do you do when you aren't at work?
My first priority is my family. I’ve been married for 27 years and we have 3 kids (ages 18-25) and a dog!
When I find extra time, I really enjoy playing music. As a musician and active drummer in a band, you can find me playing at fund raisers and charity events.
I also love getting outdoors - golfing, fishing, or hiking with friends.