Profiles

Nancy Epstein

Nancy Epstein

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Nancy Epstein has one goal: to make the world a better place, one tile at a time. Nancy began her career in the luxury stone and tile industry in 1987. After designing custom cabinets for her young son's bedroom, the cabinet maker was so impressed with the results that he asked Nancy to come work for him in his Tenafly, New Jersey showroom. Nancy quickly recognized that the cabinetry showroom could do more business if they would offer more products for the bath and kitchen, such as tile and stone! She took over the business and soon Artistic Tile was born.

By 1993, she had established an import and wholesale distribution company to service her showroom. Today, Artistic Tile has become one of the largest wholesale distributors of luxury tile and stone with nine showrooms nationwide and product distributed through more than 150 luxury tile and stone showrooms across the United States. In 2011 Artistic Tile acquired the esteemed Waterfall Bathroom Furniture line of sustainable bath vanities.

The firm's 110,000 square foot corporate headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey is comprised of a state-of-the-art production facility, warehouse, training center, customer service center, design studio, and in November 2014 was expanded to include an additional 25,000 square foot slab gallery.

Nancy makes numerous product development trips throughout the world including Tunisia, Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, China, Vietnam, Turkey, India, and Israel. Nancy's designs have been featured in top shelter media outlets and consistently win “Best of” awards.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Nancy and her husband Larry have three sons and nine adored grandchildren. Nancy sits on the board of directors of the JCC on the Palisades and IMPACT-se, an organization whose mission is to expose intolerance in school textbooks in the Middle East while advocating for positive change. She is an active supporter of the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and the Neve Joseph Community Center in Haifa, Israel.

Joshua Levinson

Joshua Levinson

CEO

Joshua Levinson, CEO, is a proud ambassador for the brand interfacing with both customers and suppliers globally. He finds great excitement in visiting the quarries of the natural stones that Artistic Tile offers, noting that the quarry is the heart and soul of the industry. “To visit a quarry is to truly know and appreciate the stone that is born there,” declares Josh.

Josh oversees the technical and logistical operations of the company. On a daily basis works to insure the timely, safe and successful installation of Artistic Tile’s beautiful product on job sites worldwide. To achieve this outcome, Josh is in direct communication with both the A&D community and tile & stone installers, working on projects both small and large.

Josh is a frequent presenter to the trade and homeowners as well. Years of practical knowledge gained through job site visits, quarry tours, factory inspections, and educational seminars have made him a sought-after resource.

Josh is currently a member of the Natural Stone Institute’s Board of Directors, and serves on its Technical committee. Josh is also a National Tile Contractor’s Association (NTCA) Technical Committee Member, and a voting member of The Tile Council of North America’s “TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation” committee. The TCNA Handbook Committee standardizes installation specifications for tile to ensure that installers have access to knowledge, guidelines, and techniques that make our products look and perform as perfectly as our clients deserve.

Josh is a graduate of the University of Colorado and is married with three children. In his spare time, he is an avid skier and sports enthusiast.

Lauren Cherkas

Lauren Cherkas

President and Chief Sales Officer

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, 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.

On a personal note, Lauren is married with two young children. She enjoys reading, skiing, travel and participating in races in support of a variety of causes.

Zachary Epstein

Zachary Epstein

President and Chief Product Officer

The youngest of Nancy Epstein’s three sons, it was only natural that Zachary Epstein would step into the family business. Throughout his life he has traveled with Nancy extensively in Europe and the Middle East visiting quarries and ancient ruins, gaining an appreciation for craftsmanship that created beautiful stone mosaics that have weathered thousands of years. He watched in amazement as Nancy turned her global inspiration into innovative designs, often times reinterpreting antiquated patterns with a contemporary eye, that have set new standards in the luxury tile industry.

Throughout his teen years, Zach worked at Artistic Tile. He spent summers in the warehouse and during the school year worked afternoons in the Paramus showroom. Upon graduating college with a degree in Business Administration, Zach assumed a full-time position at Artistic Tile managing assorted aspects of both the retail and wholesale operations. Zach is now President & Chief Product Officer.

A graduate of the University of Hartford, Zach is married and has a daughter and two sons. He is an enthusiastic home cook and can often be found in the kitchen or behind the grill.

Michael Epstein

Michael Epstein

President and Chief Marketing Officer

Michael is a graduate of New York University and began his career in politics, starting with an internship for a New Jersey Congressman in 2004. By 2007 Michael was Deputy District Director, responsible for managing the Congressman’s district schedule, meetings, events and NJ offices.

In November of 2007 Michael joined Obama for America, and by early 2008 he was traveling across the country to produce events for then-Senator Obama.

Michael worked as an advance consultant to the 2008 campaign, as a media logistics coordinator for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and as an advance associate for the White House from early 2009 until early 2012, when he became a full time Advance Lead. In each role, Michael spent a majority of his time away from home, traveling the world to produce a variety of events for President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Attention to detail, sharp aesthetics, and extremely strict quality standards defined the work Michael performed for the White House, just as they are defining characteristics of Artistic Tile in the luxury tile industry.

In the summer of 2012 Michael met his wife on an advance trip to Florida. Michael and Kiera were married in January of 2014 and the couple moved from Washington, DC in March of that year. Michael started as VP of Marketing in April of 2014. Today, Michael and Kiera are parents to three wonderful children, Abraham, Eve, and Samuel, and live in Tenafly, NJ.

 Karen Lofton

Karen Lofton

Director of Business Development

Karen Lofton, Director of Business Development, is responsible for building Artistic Tile Sales through the management of the architectural and outside sales teams. Before joining Artistic Tile the first time, Karen was a multi store manager for Ann Sacks in New York City. She left Artistic Tile when her family relocated, but in her heart, had always hoped to return in some capacity. After 13 years, Karen returns to a business and company she loves with more than 25 years of Retail Management, Human Resources and Operations experience. Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband Rodney, son Bryce and her fur baby Bailey the Standard Poodle.

In her spare time, she enjoys family time, singing, interior design and travel. Karen can be reached at karenlofton@artistictile.com.

 Marybeth Brintz

Marybeth Brintz

NJ Regional Rep

Marybeth Brintz is the customer service manager for artistic tile and was one of the first employees of the company. She is responsible for ensuring that every customer receives the best individual attention and service possible. Marybeth has a business degree from St. Peter's college in jersey city, NJ. Marybeth can be reached at (201)864-7000 or at marybethbrintz@artisticle.com.

Ernesto Diaz

Ernesto Diaz

West Coast Regional Rep

Ernesto Diaz, architectural sales, has been in the tile & stone industry for more than 13 years. Before joining artistic tile, Ernie spent 10 years working and managing Los Angeles based tile & stone showrooms. He also has 3 years of experience in tile & stone outside sales through California and bordering states. Ernie is based in Los Angeles, CA. Ernie can be reached at (201)875-0185 or ernestodiaz@artistictile.com. He currently covers the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Jason Berube

Jason Berube

Canada Regional Rep

As a Montreal, Quebec native, Jason Berube is fluent in French and English. His passion for design started at a very young age. Jason began his career in fashion working for renowned brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and French Connection, before transitioning into interior design after graduating from Dawson College with an emphasis on Interior Design. Beyond the exquisite product, Jason loves working with the team and the relationship he has with his clients. His clients continue to challenge him to keep innovating and problem solving. When not working Jason enjoys practicing the French approach to the simple pleasures of life: walking the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal with his dog, savoring a glass of good wine paired with fine cheese and taking inspiration from the city and people that surround him. Jason can be reached at jasonberube@artistictile.com.

Phil Varlese

Phil Varlese

Regional Sales, Central NJ to Northern VA

Phil has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the tile & stone business (retail/management/wholesale/A&D). He has written a CEU, and was the Natural Stone Institute's Speaker of the Year in 2017. Phil covers Central/Southern NJ, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC & Northern Virginia. Phil can be reached at (609)372-7078 or philvarlese@artistictile.com. 

Bliss Rich 

Bliss Rich

Regional Sales for New England and Upstate New York

Bliss Rich is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a degree in fine art. After a diverse range of experiences that included living in Japan teaching English and working in the fashion industry in New York City, Bliss discovered her passion for tile and natural stone in her hometown of Manchester, Vermont. Bliss joins Artistic Tile with 8 years’ experience in both retail and wholesale. As Regional Sales Representative, her territory covers New England and Upstate New York. Bliss currently lives in Massachusetts and in her free time enjoys painting, drawing, or visiting contemporary art museums.

Bliss can be reached at (347)585-8181 or blissrich@artistictile.com.

Gerard Esmail

Gerard Esmail

Vice President of Operations

Gerard Esmail came to Artistic Tile in 2005. Prior to joining Artistic, he spent over 15 years in large wholesale and retail corporations. During that time he developed expertise in operations management with an emphasis in strategic planning, inventory and efficiency. Gerard can be reached at (201)864-7000 or gerardesmail@artistictile.com.

Lance Boddie

Lance Boddie

Slab Gallery Manager

Lance Boddie works in Artistic Tile's client service department and has more than 10 years of customer service industry experience. Before joining the company, he spent a number of years working in the wholesale flooring industry. Lance has a degree in business administration from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. Lance can be reached at (201)864-7000 or at lanceboddie@artistictile.com.

Stephanie Rakotz

Stephanie Rakotz

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager for Artistic Tile, Stephanie Rakotz is responsible for managing the Imports team at Artistic Tile’s distribution center in Secaucus, NJ. While the Imports department collectively is responsible for the importing, exporting, and purchasing of stone and various materials from around the world, Stephanie specializes in transportation, purchasing, logistics, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and customs compliance. Stephanie’s academic credentials include a BA in Psychology from Mercy College and an MBA from Long Island University. Stephanie can be reached at (201)864-7000 or at stephanierakotz@artistictile.com.

Carol Schreck-Butsko

Carol Schreck-Butsko

VP of Sales, Wholesale Division

Carol E. Schreck-Butsko, V.P. Sales Artistic Tile’s Wholesale Division, has twenty years of experience in all aspects of the import and distribution of natural stone and tile. For several years her duties have included quality control inspections geared at assuring the end user of a superior product. Carol has endeavored to learn the underlying geology of natural stone products and related installation methods so that she may educate and inspire others within the industry. She has completed the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Intro to Substrate/Subfloor Inspection and looks forward to continuing her formal education in this area. Carol can be reached at (201)864-7000 or at carolbutsko@artistictile.com.

Jimmy Stolz

Jimmy Stolz

VP Retail

Jimmy Stolz began working for Artistic Tile in 2007. After four years of working in the Wholesale Division, Jimmy transitioned to the Retail Division. Flash forward four roles later, Jimmy now serves as the Director of Sales for Retail for the eight Artistic Tile retail stores. Jimmy has enjoyed traveling to showrooms in Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco as it has enabled him to expand his appreciation for design and sales in different markets. On a personal note, Jimmy is married with two young children. He enjoys musical theater, great food, and participating in a charity that helps children with cancer. Jimmy can be reached at jimmystolz@artistictile.com. 

Marisa Bellish

Marisa Bellish

Design Associate

As a graduate of The Ohio State University, Marisa obtained her Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and was an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers. While in school, she was fortunate enough to have three internships in the industry, which is how she fell in love with Kitchen and Bathroom Design. After graduating, Marisa decided to further her education by studying under the National Kitchen and Bath Association and working towards becoming a certified designer.

Not only does Marisa love sharing her creativity and passion for design with clients but also loves being inspired by the work of designers and architects she works with. Marisa can be reached at (312)670-0612 or at marisabellish@artistictile.com.

Meghan Murphy 

Meg Murphy O'Connor

Design Associate

Meg Murphy O’Connor joined Artistic Tile at the opening of the Chicago showroom in 2008. Prior to joining Artistic Tile, Meg earned her Bachelor's degree from DePauw University with a major in Communications and concentrations in Art History and Studio Art. Her time studying abroad in Italy solidified her passion for the arts which ultimately brought her to Artistic Tile.

With her foundational knowledge of art and design, Meg has guided countless residential and boutique-commercial projects to completion. She has a keen awareness for inventive ways of using existing and emerging Artistic Tile products. Meg finds great joy in being part of a collaborative design process that incorporates the client’s specific aesthetic aspirations and her own desire to make things beautiful and unique. Meg can be reached (312)670-0612 or megm@artistictile.com.

Mark McElligot 

Mark McElligott

Design Associate

Mark brings to Artistic Tile a strong understanding of great customer service. He possesses long history in the Hospitality Industry and has been fortunate to work for some of New York’s top Chefs and Restauranteurs in a variety of positions including Maitre’ d.

In addition to his work in demanding Three Star Restaurants, Mark freelanced as a stylist for some of New York’s Top Galleries and Retail establishments. He has done visual work for Bergdorf Goodman, Alfred Dunhill, Bazaar Sabado, Portico Home and Cole Rigg’s photography. He possesses a BS in Communications from Boston University. Marc can b reached at (212)727-9331 or at markmcelligott@artistictile.com.

Silvana Romano 

Silvana Romano

Design Associate

Having an opportunity to straddle the beautiful worlds of Italy and NYC has had a strong influence on Silvana’s extensive work in the fashion industry. As a buyer, store owner and designer of fine Italian fabric belts, Silvana developed her passion for style and beauty. Today, Silvana leverages her knowledge of aesthetic with a deep understanding both business and industry trends, to create unique, highly sophisticated spaces. When she’s not busy creating inspiration boards, Silvana can be found enjoying life with her three children. Silvana can be reached at (732) 212-1616 or silvanaromano@artistictile.com.

Irma Collin 

Irma Collin

Design Associate

Irma attended the Technical University in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she graduated with BA in Civil Engineering, going on to earn a Master’s in Art History from Moscow State University. After graduation she joined 21st Century Development in Moscow as a managing engineer and designer. Following her immigration to the United States, Irma became involved in the US design industry, in which she has been working for the past 15 years. Her education, years of practice and deep appreciation for art from around the world has established Irma as an expert in the world of tile. Irma can be reached at (212)727-9331 or irmacollin@artistictile.com.

Sharon Green

Sharon Green

Showroom Manager

Sharon can be reached at (201)670-6100 or sharongreen@artistictile.com.

Susan Jarblom 

Susan Jarblum

Design Associate

Design Associate, Susan Jarblum, is a graduate of Hunter College in New York where she majored in psychology. Before joining Artistic Tile, Susan owned her own gift shop in Westwood, NJ. Susan has a passion for design and enjoys interacting with clients to help make their dreams a reality. Susan can be reached at 201-670-6100 or at susanjarblum@artistictile.com.

Jeffrey Perry 

Jeffrey Perry

Design Associate

Jeffrey is our newest addition to the Artistic Tile team at the 21st Street Flagship location. Jeffrey can be reached at (212)727-9331 or jeffreyperry@artistictile.com.

Lynn Anderson 

Lynn Anderson

Design Associate

Lynn studied Fine Art and Jewelry Design at Brookdale College and has pursued a creative professional career ever since. Her many talents include throwing pottery, designing unique jewelry pieces and of course, finding the perfect blend of tile and stone. Lynn is passionate about the natural elements and color. Combined with her many years of design experience, Lynn’s drive and creativity offer her clients a creative edge and the ability to fashion a design tailored to their unique taste. Contact Lynn at (732)212-1616 or  lynnanderson@artistictile.com.

Gina Librandi 

Gina Librandi

Design Associate

Design Associate Gina Librandi has a degree in interior design from the University of Delaware. She has been with Artistic Tile since 1998 and is known in her showroom as being the custom queen and computer guru! Gina can be reached at (914)422-0041 or ginalibrandi@artistictile.com.

Jennifer Quinn 

Jennifer Quinn

Design Associate

Jennifer Quinn graduated from Long Island University C.W. Post with a BFA in Painting. Jennifer is a decorative fine artist devoted to the design and sales of creative home furnishings. She launched her own firm creating custom finishes and murals to personalize residential and commercial spaces. Jennifer joins the Artistic Tile team after assisting interior designers and architects with fabric and wallpaper at Osborne & Little. She enjoys working collaboratively to come up with innovative solutions and beautiful designs. Jennifer can be reached at (212)838-3222 or jenniferquinn@artistictile.com.

Audra Bock 

Audra Bock

Showroom Manager

Audra graduated from Hendrix College in 2013 with a degree in American foreign war history. After working at a law firm throughout college and post-graduation she decided the law was not for her and made the change to a more creative field. Audra's love of history, travel, and interior design come together seamlessly at the artistic tile showroom in Dallas where she helps clients realize their vision. Audra can be reached at (214)760-1753 or audrabock@artistictile.com.

Natalie Casden 

Natalie Casden

Design Associate

Natalie can be reached at (201)670-6100 or nataliecasden@artistictile.com.

Shane Borde 

Paul Cardenas

Showroom Manager

Paul can be reached at (415)366-6147 or paulcardenas@artistictile.com.

Roy Marcus 

Roy Marcus

Brand Ambassador

Roy Marcus has the unique pleasure of sharing with the world all that makes Artistic Tile so special. His current post as the company’s first Brand Ambassador follows his experience in managing two of the company’s showrooms, including the NYC Flagship. Although he majored in American Studies at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, Roy's first job was designing footwear at the last surviving shoe factory in Manhattan. After holding sales and marketing posts and working for Fortune 500 companies, Roy became part of the home décor world where for over two decades, he's used his keen eye to create great designs for clients. Roy can be reached at (201) 864-7000 or roymarcus@artistictile.com.

Shane Borde 

Shane Borde

Design Associate

Shane has always had a passion for art and design and chose to major in fine art and art history. While in college, he also held a part-time job in retail. Applying his eye for great design, Shane quickly progressed to visual merchandising and launched a career that spanned nearly two decades. His prior work in fashion apparel and "fashion for the home", as well his years of attentive customer service, all guide his design decisions for clients at Artistic Tile's NYC Flagship showroom. Shane can be reached at (212)727-9331 or shaneborde@artistictile.com.

Anna Georgalis 

Anna Georgalis

Design Associate

Design associate, Anna, has sales experience in the luxury NYC market for over 20 years, 10 of those years were spent in our NYC A&D location. She left to start a family and to pursue a career selling luxury furniture and fabrics at Donghia, but always missed designing with tile. When she and her family moved to New Jersey, she happily returned to Artistic Tile to continue her career and is enjoying discovering all that the state of NJ has to offer her children. Anna can be reached at (201)670-6100 or annageorgalis@artistictile.com

Don Pannell 

Don Pannell

Design Associate

Don has over 30 years of experience in a variety of sales and service industries, the last ten of which have been in the luxury tile and stone industry. This exposure has provided him with a deep appreciation for the intricacies of the industry, and a rich understanding of the needs and challenges faced by industry-leading designers and architects in the specification of bath and tile products. Don is excited to bring his expertise to our 21st street flagship location. Don can be reached at (212)727-9331 or donpannell@artistictile.com.

Michal Abehsera 

Michal Abehsera

Architectural Sales New York

Michal Abehsera works out of Artistic Tile’s flagship New York City showroom, and is an integral part of our Architectural Sales department. She holds a degree in Psychology and Biology from Stern University, as well as a degree in Interior Design from Parsons The New School. In 2013, Michal joined Artistic Tile and quickly became a rising star--working with NYC's top developers and architectural firms. Michal's knowledge, work ethic and passion for design, coupled with her experience in business and real estate make her a truly unique sales representative. Michal lives with her husband and their three children in Westchester, NY. She is an Olympic triathlon finisher and can be found many a morning at Soul Cycle. She also loves to travel, cook, and blog about design. Michal is also currently working on publishing her own cookbook. Come on in to the showroom and meet Michal, you’ll be happy you did!

Alejandro Mejia 

Alejandro Mejia

Architectural Sales

Alejandro began his career in the tile and stone industry in 2003. He acquired a broad knowledge of stone and mosaics through his passion for the industry and his five years at Artsaics Studios. Alejandro subsequently accepted a position with Nemo Tile as a sales associate, earning him the product knowledge and customer service skills necessary to confidently guide clients in their design. In 2010, he accepted a new position with Artsaics, as an architectural and interior design representative. In this role, he helped open the market and reach new customers. Alejandro joined Artistic Tile in 2013, with an excitement that is contagious. He’s not afraid of hard work and always gives his best to help the team succeed.

Arielle Small

Arielle Small

Architectural Sales

Arielle Small joined Artistic Tile in 2014 as part of the newly minted Architectural Sales team. Since her arrival, Arielle has been vital to increasing the company’s exposure in the commercial market. With a focus on customer service and material expertise, Arielle has developed strong relationships with top architecture and design firms throughout New York City; she takes great pride in her ability to assist clients in finding just the right materials for each project, regardless of size or aesthetic. Arielle can be reached at (917)620-4932 or ariellesmall@artistictile.com.

Meagan Zachary 

Meagan Zachary

Architectural Sales

Meagan Zachary’s design journey began in 2014 when she started at an interior design firm. One of the firm’s projects was a Highland Park home in Dallas, Texas in which they needed tile for 7 bathrooms. She and her colleagues brought their client to the Artistic Tile Dallas showroom, where Meagan’s Aunt Saz was the Showroom Manager, to make their selections. Meagan was so impressed with the products, that it inspired her initial interest in tile. Meagan subsequently decided to work for a local Fort Worth tile showroom to bolster her experience in the tile industry. Today, Meagan’s passion for and experience in both Interior Design and the tile and stone industry culminates in what she considers her dream job, serving as the new Artistic Tile Architectural Rep for Fort Worth and Western Dallas!

Maisie Evans

Maisie Evans

Design Associate

Maisie graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Studio Art. While in school, she discovered her passion for interior design along with painting and ceramics. A native Mississippian, Maisie planted her roots in Dallas, where she has excelled in her career in the stone and tile industry. With her previous slab gallery experience, Maisie has a great eye for combining tile and countertops to make an exquisite space. In her spare time Maisie enjoys traveling and spending time with her two dogs, Tucker and Stella.

Maisie can be reached at (214)760-1753 or maisieevans@artistictile.com.

Claudia DiFabio 

Claudia DiFabio

Showroom Manager

Claudia DiFabio has served as the showroom manager for Artistic Tile's A&D Building location since joining the company in 2002. Prior to joining Artistic Tile she spent years working in the fashion industry for shoe manufacturer Joan and David, and for the luxury handbag and accessories company Coach. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in the history of art. Claudia can be reached at (212)838-3222 or at claudiadifabio@artistictile.com.

Pam Katz 

Pam Katz

Design Associate

Pam Katz is a design associate in Artistic Tile's San Francisco showroom. Pam is a graduate of San Diego State University where she received a degree in comparative literature. Before joining Artistic Tile, Pam spent twelve years working at Country Flooring. Pam enjoys helping clients select the perfect products for their projects. She also loves the creative process as well as brainstorming and problem solving with clients. Pam can be reached at (415)366-6147 or at pamkatz@artistictile.com.

Cheryl Borsina 

Cheryl Borsina

Client Services

Before joining Artistic Tile as a project manager, Cheryl Borsina worked as a design consultant for five years at Ethan Allen. She loves developing relationships with her clients and helping them to find design solutions for their space. Cheryl can be reached at (201)864-7000 or at cherylborsina@artistictile.com.

David Bessenbacher 

David Bessenbacher

Showroom Manager

Showroom Manager David Bessenbacher’s love for the art and the logic that create great interiors led him from his Kansas City upbringing to Chicago’s International Academy of Design. Armed with a BA in Interior Design, he joined the Chicago design community, and over the next decade became adept at several design disciplines, working as a draftsman, administrator, project manager, and kitchen designer. All of that has prepared him to ensure that Artistic Tile’s Chicagoland clientele have a showroom experience at once enjoyable, creative, inspiring, and beyond expectation. When not working with his team in the Mart, he is a dedicated indoor gardener, with over 60 plants that love their Lakeview sunshine. David can be reached at (312)670-0612 or davidbessenbacher@artistictile.com.

Lisa Rotunno

Lisa Rotunno

Design Associate

Lisa Rotunno is the architectural sales representative for Artistic Tile's Chicago location and has been with the Chicago team since it opened in 2009. Lisa started her career working for a mid-sized architecture firm handling the interior design for Fortune 500 companies, law firms and banks. She later started her own design firm specializing in residential design and serving Chicago's North Shore suburbs. Lisa can be reached at (312)670-0612 or lisarotunno@artistictile.com.

Meghan Murphy O'Connor

Meg Murphy O'Connor

Design Associate

Meg Murphy O’Connor joined Artistic Tile at the opening of the Chicago showroom in 2008. Prior to joining Artistic Tile, Meg earned her Bachelor's degree from DePauw University with a major in Communications and concentrations in Art History and Studio Art. Her time studying abroad in Italy solidified her passion for the arts which ultimately brought her to Artistic Tile.

With her foundational knowledge of art and design, Meg has guided countless residential and boutique-commercial projects to completion. She has a keen awareness for inventive ways of using existing and emerging Artistic Tile products. Meg finds great joy in being part of a collaborative design process that incorporates the client’s specific aesthetic aspirations and her own desire to make things beautiful and unique. Meg can be reached at (312)670-0612 or megm@artistictile.com.

Marisa Bellish

Marisa Bellish

Design Associate

As a graduate of The Ohio State University, Marisa obtained her Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and was an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers. While in school, she was fortunate enough to have three internships in the industry, which is how she fell in love with Kitchen and Bathroom Design. After graduating, Marisa decided to further her education by studying under the National Kitchen and Bath Association and working towards becoming a certified designer. 

Not only does Marisa love sharing her creativity and passion for design with clients but also loves being inspired by the work of designers and architects she works with. Marisa can be reached at (312)670-0612 or at marisabellish@artistictile.com.

Jon Gudmonson

Jon Gudmonson

Showroom Coordinator

Jon can be reached at (312)670-0612 or at jongudmonson@artistictile.com.

Carly Anderson

Carly Anderson

Showroom Manager

Carly joins the Artistic Tile team as the company opens its latest showroom at the Nashville Design Collective. Carly relies on passionate leadership to guide her team to actualize a client’s vision. Carly studied Music and Audio Design at Keene State College and Columbia College Chicago respectively. Carly brings her understanding of the creative process, as well as a passion for interiors, to luxury retail. Carly began her career in Chicago, and now in Nashville, where she continues to refine her business acumen through the lens of design. When not at the showroom, Carly can be found exploring national and state parks, adventuring around the world, and spending time with her new rescue pup, Archie.

Carly can be reached at (615)763-5725 or at carlyanderson@artistictile.com.

Kylee Chatham

Kylee Chatham

Design Associate

Kylee majored in Residential Design at Virginia Tech. Kylee began her career in the casework and architecture world, where she gained valuable experience as a project coordinator, managing relationships with contractors, designers, vendors, and clients. For the last several years, Kylee has been focused on tile and stone. Prior to joining Artistic Tile, Kylee was a designer at one of the company’s dealer showrooms in Washington, DC. Kylee’s relationship-oriented approach puts her clients at ease, while her project management background helps the vision come to life.

Kylee can be reached at (615)763-5585 or kyleechatham@artistictile.com.

Colleen Ramme

Colleen Ramme

Design Associate

Colleen Ramme, a native New Yorker, recently planted roots in Nashville. Her love for hospitality drew her to interior design, creating spaces homeowners and their guests will equally admire. Colleen’s natural inclination to cultivating relationships, logistics, and planning makes her an ideal partner at Artistic Tile. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to find innovative and unique solutions. Colleen has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Dayton, loves the challenge of a new recipe, and is most passionate about designing kitchens, the heart of the home!

Colleen can be reached at (615)763-5725 or colleenramme@artistictile.com.

Beth Hickey 

Beth Hickey

Client Services

Before working for Artistic Tile, Beth worked in client services for a promotional advertising firm specializing in screen printing and embroidery. Fast paced was her middle name! The majority of her clients provided services for “hot market” - orders mostly for the NFL and MLB. Quick turnaround was a must, especially during playoff season. Since starting with Artistic in 2014 in the order entry/reception department, Beth has quickly advanced to client services, and on to become the team lead/training specialist. Beth can be reached at (201)864-7000 or bethhickey@artistictile.com.

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Michael Wu

Client Services

Michael Wu works in Artistic Tile's client services department. He has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University. Prior to joining the company, he spent five years working in the decorating apparel industry. He makes sure to assist the clients and help them find the right products and services needed. Michael can be reached at (201)864-7000 or michaelwu@artistictile.com. 

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Reinaldo Griman

Client Services

Following in his father's footsteps, Reinaldo has an extensive background in translation. In 2013, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Escuela de Idiomas Modernos (Modern languages school) where he learned to speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Italian. He joined Artistic Tile in 2015, beginning in the logistics department, and then soon moved to client services where he assists on a day-to-day basis with order processing. He can be reached at (201)864-7000 or reinaldogriman@artistictile.com.

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Dolores Goncalves

Client Services

Before working for Artistic Tile, Dolores worked for Ideal Tile Importing and then moved on to work in their new Ideal Tile showroom. Working in the showroom was only supposed to be a temporary position, with the expectation that she'd return to Importing. As it turns out, she discovered she enjoyed working with clients and helping to plan their projects, so she stayed. Dolores finds it especially rewarding when a client leaves happy and they return to work with you again. After four years in a showroom, she's moved onto work on the Artistic Tile customer service team, where she now lends her attentiveness, kindness, and expertise to remote clients. Dolores can be reached at (201)864-7000 or doloresgoncalves@artistictile.com. 

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Kymberli Gann-Hoolahan

Project Manager

Kymberli can be reached at (201)864-7000 or kymberlihoolahan@artistictile.com.

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Lisa Hacker

Project Manager

Lisa can be reached at (201)864-7000 or lisahacker@artistictile.com.

Salome Mumladze 

Salome Mumladze

Design Associate

Salome has passion. Born in Georgia to a family of engineers and artists, she chose a different path: finance. After a few years, however, Salome had a change of heart, following her passion for design. She established a thriving career in her native country before moving to the US with her husband and two boys. At Artistic Tile, Salome brings her unique eclectic taste and knowledge of traditional design to each project. She loves her job every day at every minute. Salome can be reached at (201)670-6100 or salomemumladze@artistictile.com.

Amira Duck 

Amira Duck

Architectural Sales

Amira is excited to be a part of the Artistic Tile team. She has over twelve years’ experience in the luxury goods/furnishings/furniture market. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at SMU she worked in high end residential hospitality in Beaver Creek, Colorado where she was a member of the executive team. After 5 years she eventually moved back to Dallas, Texas to work for her family company, Dahlgren Duck and Associates. It is a Special Markets company specializing in bespoke china, crystal, silver, and linens for private aircraft, yachts, and five star hotels for an elite international client base. After her father sold the 30 year old business, she was hired as the Showroom Manager for Adriana Hoyas, a contemporary luxury furniture line, also located in the Dallas Decorative Center. She expanded her network of designers and regional clientele and looks forward to introducing them to Artistic Tile. Amira's interests include art, photography, snow skiing, and travel. Amira can be reached at (214)760-1753 or amiraduck@artistictile.com.