Gary Grant has been named general manager of American Tile and Stone (ATS), replacing the retiring Robert “Bob” Hendon who served as ATS president for nearly 4 years following a 40-year career in the flooring products industry.

“For a little more than three and one-half years, Bob has worked tirelessly to create new customer relationships, reengineer our product offerings, and build an energized sales team,” said Dennis Knautz, Acme president and CEO. “Given his vast experience in the tile industry, we have agreed that he will be available to us on a consulting basis through the end of 2018. Soon after Bob arrived, he brought Gary on board. He came to us with considerable experience in the building materials industry, serving in varied managerial roles at major companies. In my conversations with Bob, he highly recommended that Gary succeed him. After discussing American Tile and Stone’s future opportunities and challenges with Gary, I concluded that Bob had made a solid recommendation.”

Grant has been in the building materials industry for more than 30 years. Most recently, he was the general sales manager of ATS, having joined the company in 2013 as a regional sales manager. From 2010-2013, he held the position of president and general manager of Lighting Unlimited. Prior to 2010, Grant was in several management positions at Emser Tile, Oldcastle, Acuity Brands, and Home Depot.

“The flooring industry is changing and evolving more today than it ever has,” said Grant. “At ATS, we have progressed from a 50 year old tile company into a full service flooring distributor. As we move forward we must continue to embrace new products and categories but not lose focus on the basics that have made us successful. I have spent most of my career striving to ensure that my employees and customers are the top priorities of my business. At American Tile and Stone, we are fortunate to have some of best and brightest in the industry. I am proud to be leading such a great organization and look forward to a dynamic future.”

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