After emigrating from Naples Italy, Anthony enlisted in the U.S. Navy. On return from military service, he worked as a floor covering contractor to finance his college education. He quickly gravitated toward ceramic tile installation; a flooring niche well suited to him. His European childhood and fluency in Italian proves useful in an American tile industry heavily influenced by the tradition of Italian and European ceramic tile manufacturing.
He quickly moved to ceramic tile retail, wholesale and sales management. He mastered importing, distribution, operations management and logistics, while operating a U.S. tile sales and marketing agency. Over the years, he’s represented numerous Italian, European and other tile factories. As a result, product development and manufacturing processes round out Anthony’s comprehensive expertise.
In 1997, the tile industry prompted relocation to Brevard County when Anthony assumed an executive position with Ricchetti, an Italian tile manufacturer. One of the largest Italian tile manufacturing groups, holding 13 European tile brands, Ricchetti selected Melbourne, FL for its U.S. home base. Anthony’s work with tile importers, other tile manufacturers and the Ricchetti Group continued and ultimately lead to founding Studio Tile. At first, it was a means to provide back-up inventory and sales support for a network of U.S. tile distributors.
He is a decades long member of the CTDA, Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, a national organization of ceramic tile manufacturers, importers and distributors. He is a Certified Tile Consultant (CTC); a distinction earned through the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA). The CTIOA honored him in 2009 by publishing his field report on Green Building and Ceramic Tile entitled, Ceramic Tile; Missing In Action on the Green Building Front.