Ron Nash

Laticrete International, Inc.has promotedRon Nashto the position of regional sales manager for the California Southern region (CAS). In his new position, Nash will oversee Laticrete sales efforts in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Hawaii and Southern California.

Nick Macrino

Laticrete has also namedNick Macrinoas architectural group manager. A 26-year veteran of sales and management in the ceramic tile industry, Macrino has been with Laticrete for two years, educating architects and designers on the Laticrete system.

Walt Stivers

Lastly, Laticrete has promotedWalt Stiversto the position of sales manager for the Indiana region. Stivers will manage the company’s sales efforts in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Giorgio Napoletano, president of the Italian Republic (2nd from left) awards Dr. Giorgio Squinzi, MAPEI Group ceo (far right) with the Leonardo Quality Prize for Italy.

Giorgio Squinzi, ceo of the MAPEI Group, was officially awarded the Leonardo Quality Prize for Italy by Giorgio Napoletano, president of the Italian Republic. The prize was given by the Italian Quality Committee “Comitato Leonardo.”

Crossville, Inc. has appointedFrank Douglasvp of business development. Douglas has been at Crossville for 10 years, most recently as director of national account sales. Prior to Crossville, Douglas owned a tile distribution business.

Jeanne Nichols

Italian stone and tile manufacturerGranitiFiandrehas promotedJeanne Nicholsto vp – sales and marketing, andMarcello Sassito vp – national accounts. 

Marcello Sassi

Nichols and Sassi work for TransCeramica, the marketing and sales arm of GranitiFiandre in the United States. Both will report directly to Graziano Verdi, ceo of the GranitiFiandre Group.

Robert Walker

SpecCeramics, Inc. announces its newest Los Angeles sales team member,Robert Walker. He will be the Western Los Angeles County architectural sales representative, teaming with Will Sapp, SpecCeramics’ general sales manager, who will continue to focus on Downtown L.A. clients. Walker arrives at SpecCeramics with more than 20 years of tile and stone industry experience.

Jane Boynton

Best Tile Distributorshas recently namedJane Boyntonas vp of sales for its new Warwick, R.I. location. In her new position, Boynton will be responsible for all outside sales in the Rhode Island area with her husband John, who manages the Warwick location.

Ron Spezzaferri

Florim USAhas addedRon SpezzaferriandGene Dingmanas regional vp’s of sales. Spezzaferri brings over 20 years industry experience to this position, including 13 years as a regional manager at Crossville, Inc. 

Gene Dingman

Dingman, an industry veteran of 25 years, comes to Florim from StonePeak.

Buck Burwell

Subsequent to its earlier acquisition by Panariagroup Industrie Ceramiche,Florida Tile, Inc. has announced its following changes.Buck Burwell, ceo, has departed. On March 31,John Corcoranwill transition out as chief financial officer, andBill Powerswill transition out as sr. vp of sales and distribution May 31. Moving forward,Bernie Schwartz, vp, will continue responsibilities for manufacturing,Massimo Barbariwill be vp of sales and distribution, andLuca Settiwill be vp/cfo for finance, accounting and business operations.

TJ Ceramic Tile Sales, Inc. has namedJessi Dakota Ciakas design consultant. Ciak’s responsibilities include assisting homeowners, interior designers and architects to select tile with matching marble or granite for kitchens, bathrooms, fireplace surrounds or floors.