Lauren Cherkas began working at Artistic Tile in the newly established wholesale division. On her third day of employment, her cousin Nancy Epstein offered Lauren a position for life, based upon how impressed she was that Lauren had already developed and was leading a product training course for the warehouse workers after being there just three days herself.
With a career already in the making, Lauren returned to Pennsylvania State University where her petition to create a personalized major was accepted and she began her focus on Management, Marketing, Art History, and Italian. Her Italian studies lead to a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, where she had the pleasure of interacting with Artistic Tile’s suppliers. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and came to appreciate the design inspirations found in cathedrals, gates, ceiling details, and, of course, flooring.
After graduating from college in 1998, Lauren launched her full-time career in tile and stone, but switched her concentration from wholesale to the retail segment of Artistic Tile. She started in sales in the White Plains showroom, moved on to management at the flagship showroom, and became the President of the Retail division in 2005. Lauren directs the nine Artistic Tile retail stores. One of her most important contributions to the company to date is institutionalizing a formal training program, inspired by her college summers working with the wholesale staff so many years ago.
On a personal note, Lauren is married with two young children. She enjoys skiing, travel and participating in runs/walks in support of cancer research and early detection. Lauren is also an active member of the YJCC of Bergen County and proudly serves on their Board of Directors.