John Huarte

last updated 11/5/2017

John Huarte

Chief Executive Officer and Owner at Arizona Tile LLC

Location:
10576 Industrial Avenue, Roseville, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(916) 782-3200

General Information

Education

Mater Dei High School

Bachelor of Science - Business Administration , University of Notre Dame

Affiliations

Board Member - The Wuerffel Trophy

Board Member - All Sports Association Inc

Member of the Board of Trustees - Saint John's Health Center

Member of the Board of Trustees - St. John Health

Board Member - Matt Leinart Foundation

Recent News  

About Us - Arizona Tile

In 1977, after 10 years of playing football at the collegiate and professional levels, Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte decided to focus his leadership and team-building skills on a new business endeavor.
He took a leap and signed a lease on the back of a cardboard box and opened the first Arizona Tile location in San Diego, California. Forty years later - With hundreds of employees, nearly half of which have been with the company for over a decade, and many who have been with the company since the beginning, unparalleled customer service, and products from around the world - Arizona Tile has become one of the leading tile and slab distributors in the U.S. "Our success solely comes from the vision that John and (his wife) Eileen Huarte had for this company when starting it - the sensibility that our relationships with our customers and our fellow employees are the most important aspect of what we do," said company President, Bob Traxler. John Huarte, CEO and Owner of Arizona Tile, founded the company in 1977. Beginning with a small store in San Diego, California, the company has since grown to more than 25 locations in 7 western states. John and his wife, Eileen, have five children, including sons Matt and Mark and son-in-law Joe Kennedy, who are part of the Management Team and involved in the day-to-day management of the company. Prior to founding Arizona Tile, John spent almost ten years playing football. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1964 as quarterback of the Fighting Irish. In 2006 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he played professional football for eight years with Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Chicago in the NFL, as well as Memphis in the WFL, before retiring from professional sports in 1975. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, John is involved with several philanthropic organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. John's Health Foundation in Santa Monica, California. John Huarte John Huarte John Huarte, CEO and Owner of Arizona Tile, founded the company in 1977. Beginning with a small store in San Diego, California, the company has since grown to more than 25 locations in 7 western states. John and his wife, Eileen, have five children, including sons Matt and Mark and son-in-law Joe Kennedy, who are part of the Management Team and involved in the day-to-day management of the company. Prior to founding Arizona Tile, John spent almost ten years playing football. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1964 as quarterback of the Fighting Irish. In 2006 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he played professional football for eight years with Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Chicago in the NFL, as well as Memphis in the WFL, before retiring from professional sports in 1975. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, John is involved with several philanthropic organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. John's Health Foundation in Santa Monica, California. As a son of the founders, John and Eileen Huarte, Matt spent many years learning about the company and industry, even prior to beginning his employment in 1989. As a son of the founders, John and Eileen Huarte, Mark spent many years learning about the company and industry, even prior to beginning his employment in July of 1995.

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March 15, 2013 Archives | Notre Dame Club of San Diego

Guest Speaker : John Huarte ('64 Heisman Trophy Winner), CEO and Founder of Arizona Tile.

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Heisman Winners Who Achieved Business Success

John Huarte, Notre Dame, 1964
As a senior, quarterback John Huarte won the 1964 Heisman, beating out the likes of Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus and Brian Piccolo (who's crying now, Piccolo?). Huarte signed with the New York Jets, but ended up as the back-up QB, behind Joe Namath, who probably tried to make out with his girlfriend at some point. Nowadays, Huarte is the CEO of Arizona Tile Supply, which distributes tiles through more than 20 branches in Arizona and California.

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