SOURCE: Florida Tile Inc.

October 03, 2007 13:45 ET

Florida Tile Announces Tom Graham Retiring After 35 Years of Service

LAKELAND, FL--(Marketwire - October 3, 2007) - Florida Tile announces that Tom Graham is retiring today as Vice President of Sales at Florida Tile after 35 years of service.

Tom has had a long and distinguished career with the company; he began in Human Resources and was responsible for Transportation and Traffic functions before moving to the Midwest as a Regional Sales Representative. He was promoted to National Sales Manager and later to Vice President of Sales, a position he has held for the last 25 years.

Tom was a track star in college, at Western Kentucky University, and served his country in Viet Nam in the United States Army. Tom also received the prestigious "Jerry Fischer Service to the Industry Award" in 2003. He has served on many committees in the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and was elected to their Board of Directors in 2004. He has also been very active in the Tile Council of North America, served on their Board of Directors for many years and was elected as President and served in that office for two years. His leadership and involvement in the entire ceramic tile industry will be further recognized next month when Tom will be inducted into the Ceramic Tile Hall of Fame.

Florida Tile celebrated Tom's departure last month in the presence of all its customers and the press during its new Porcelain Plant Grand Opening. Massimo Barbari, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Distribution at Florida Tile, said: "I had the pleasure to work with Tom for the last few months and I salute him as a great professional in our industry and a true gentleman." Tom coached and developed a great sales team during his career and said he is happy he is leaving Florida Tile in their knowledgeable hands; he is confident the new management team will keep and improve existing customer relationships. The entire team at Florida Tile wishes our friend Tom nothing but the best that life has to offer.

Massimo Barbari will assume Tom's responsibilities and he is already working to ensure a smooth transition and to reinforce the Florida Tile sales team. Massimo is well experienced in the US market and the tile industry in general. He was formerly Panaria's Sales Director for North America and Canada. Massimo holds an Economics Degree (Specialized in Finance) from Universita' Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan.

Florida Tile is a leading ceramic tile manufacturer and distributor serving the premium segment of the US market. With its central production site, its national distribution center, 25 directly owned branches and a number of strong distribution partners, Florida Tile is one of the most important players in the American building materials industry.

Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panaria Group, a public company on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM) and a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world, through six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and seven brands positioned in the high-end of the market.

Contact Information

  • For any additional inquiries about Florida Tile please contact:
    Luca Zerbini
    Tel: 863-284-4009
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    For any additional inquiries about Panaria Group please contact:
    Renato Martelli
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