Sol W. Schultz, an integral member of distributor All Tile for nearly 40 years, died Feb. 22. He was 71.

Schultz, who retired from All Tile in 2002 as vp sales, began his career in 1963 as an outside sales representative. His sales drive and business acumen helped propel All Tile from a small, local distributor into a regional force in the marketplace.

"Sol's quick wit was legendary, and his influence on colleagues, friends and family is still inescapable," the company said in a release. "Though he retired from the business almost 10 years ago, his maxims and principles live on today. He will always be remembered as a great leader who knew how to combine a serious focus and fabulous sense of humor to leave an indelible print on anyone who met him."