Pictured are (from left): Ken Wiedemann, Ron Cook, and Bob Hart

Ronald P. Cook and Robert W. Hart have been named managing partners of United Tile. The company distributes ceramic tile, stone, metal and glass products, as well as installation materials, through its four locations in Washington and Oregon.

Ken Wiedemann, United's Chairman, explained the announcement. "Ron, Bob and I have worked together as a management team for over 17 years. Ron has focused his attention on sales, marketing, customer and supplier relations. Bob has responsibility for finance, insurance, operations, information systems and human resources. As we consider succession planning and our future direction, this organization best reflects our responsibilities." Wiedemann remains Chairman of the Board and will continue to be active in the company. "We have been in business for over 40 years," he said. "The recession has had a significant impact on all aspects of construction. Bob and Ron are well qualified to address these challenges as well as the new opportunities we discover."

Cook has been in the tile industry for over 30 years. He installed tile to pay for his education while a student at the University of North Dakota, and started in Seattle with a family tile contracting business. He has been active in many industry organizations including the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, CSI and the Washington State Floorcovering Association. Hart joined the company as CFO after earning his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1992.

United Tile represents domestic and foreign manufacturers including Crossville, Walker Zanger, Sonoma Tilemakers, Oceanside Glass, Mandala, Royal Mosa, Casa Dolce Casa, GBI, Stone & Pewter Accents, Terra Green, Floor Gres, Monocibec, Century, Tagina, Rex, Panaria, Refin, Supergres. Orchid, Laticrete International, Schluter Systems, Wedi and Miracle Sealants.

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