For those who don’t know, D&B Tile Distributors deals with more than 40 manufacturers and imports more than 70% of its product from Italy, Spain, South America, and the Far East.
D&B’s objective is to provide everything contractors need to install tile and plenty of it. “We maintain an inventory worth more than $5 million in our Sunrise operation, which also serves as our headquarters,” said GM Harold Yarborough. “D&B Tile Distributors purchases more than 2,000 containers each year with each container holding as much as 10,000 square feet of tile.”
The family-owned D&B Tile has been active in all areas of the construction industry. Both father and son have served as President of the Florida East Coast chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national construction trade association comprised of more than 80 chapters and more than 25,000 member companies.
In addition, David Yarborough (father) was installed in the Hall of Fame in the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA). All of the family has been involved in the CTDA. Dave and Harold (son) served on its board of directors, and daughter Cindy, manager of the Palmetto Bay store, has been an active board member and past president. The CTDA also recognized the Yarborough family with their Lifetime Achievement Award for their service to the industry.
From the earliest days, D&B Tile Distributors stressed the importance of quality installation and, to this day, conduct a number of seminars and workshops throughout the year to instruct tile contractors and their installers on new material, equipment and techniques.
In addition to their efforts in improving skill levels in the industry, D&B Tile Distributors is active in the communities they serve. They quietly donate tile and other materials to Habitat for Humanity, the Jack & Jill House for abused children, and the Trojan House, built by high school students. In addition, they are a long-time sponsor of a charity golf tournament sponsoring the James Jr. Fund and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. More than $150,000 has been raised in this effort. The company also contributes to the Chris Evert Hospital. D&B Tile Distributors is grateful to their vendors and customers who make it possible to raise funds for these worthwhile causes.
There are nine locations throughout the region, including Palm Beach, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Palmetto Bay, Miami, Port St. Lucie, and Hialeah, as well as the headquarters location in Sawgrass.
It was a pleasure to sit down with George Apakian, Branch Director for D&B. for a mini-interview to find out more about this thriving company.
What do you think are the reasons for D&B’s success?
D&B Tile has been in business for over 50 years, with a well-trained professional staff to serve our customers’ needs. We carry a huge varied selection of tile, stone and glass at competitive pricing.
What can D&B offer that no other distributor can?
We are the only distributor that focuses on industry training events to keep up with the latest advances in tile, setting materials and allied products to better serve our customers. We have nine store locations from Palmetto Bay to Port St. Lucie.
What does the future hold for D&B?
D&B Tile is striving to be a source not only as a tile distributor, but [we also want] to offer our customers access to kitchen cabinets, vanities and other remodeling products. Along with that, we are setting it up so our customers will be able to purchase online.
For more information on D&B Tile, stop in at one of their nine convenient locations or go to their website at DBTile.com.