NTCA 5 Star ContractoR & ARDEX CHOICE CONTRACTOR

Founded over 30 years ago with a focus on education and certification, J&R Tile has grown to become one of the most respected and credentialed commercial tile contractors in the U.S.

Our Story

There’s always something else to learn! That’s what John Kotara, along with his brother Raymond, told themselves when they founded J&R Tile, Inc. over 30 years ago. John was, and remains, convinced that a tile installation company should know how to handle all types of tile, marble, granite, and pavers. In addition, John believes all installers should work to continuously develop new and creative ideas to solve problems.

With John's philosophy setting the course, Erin Albrecht has taken the lead on continuing J&R's focus of educating our staff and the industry. We hold weekly product demonstrations and have ongoing education and certification programs.  We've joined the National Tile Contractor's Association and are proud to be recognized as a 5 Star Contractor as well as an ARDEX choice contractor.  It is our continued goal to constantly gain new resources and share them with our valued clients. This continues to be our motto, and every year more and more satisfied customers are happy to confirm it.

J&R Tile is a Woman Owned Small Business as well as HUB Certified. We are a SBE and ESBE according to the SCTRCA. Work with us and meet your SWMBE goals.

Leadership

 Christine with Erin oversees the entire J&R organization while also handling finance and administration.   Christine has worked as the Corporate Controller with Stanley Structures and Southern Steel before joining the J&R family over 20 years ago.  Her vast experience, business savvy, and knowledge has brought the stability financially for J&R to invest in education and training to establish J&R as an industry leader and one of the most qualified contractors in the country.  Chris is also a SPURS fanatic! Go Spurs Go!  University of Texas at San Antonio - B.A. Business     John has built his reputation in the tile industry on the quality and efficiency of his work. As one of the founders of J&R Tile, John built the company around those attributes.   Although he has begun passing the baton to the next generation, John enjoys staying involved in working with local community colleges and Construction Careers H.S., engaging youth on career in the tile trade with tradition methods he learned through Local #2 as a Tile Setter Journeyman.      

Christine with Erin oversees the entire J&R organization while also handling finance and administration. 

Christine has worked as the Corporate Controller with Stanley Structures and Southern Steel before joining the J&R family over 20 years ago.  Her vast experience, business savvy, and knowledge has brought the stability financially for J&R to invest in education and training to establish J&R as an industry leader and one of the most qualified contractors in the country.  Chris is also a SPURS fanatic! Go Spurs Go!

University of Texas at San Antonio - B.A. Business

 

John has built his reputation in the tile industry on the quality and efficiency of his work. As one of the founders of J&R Tile, John built the company around those attributes. 

Although he has begun passing the baton to the next generation, John enjoys staying involved in working with local community colleges and Construction Careers H.S., engaging youth on career in the tile trade with tradition methods he learned through Local #2 as a Tile Setter Journeyman.

 

 

Christine A. Kotara
CEO/CFO
Chris@jandrtile.com

 Joining J&R full time in 2014, Erin has been involved in the business since 1999. She is very involved  the Architectural and development community, as well as partnering directly with clients such as Frost Bank, Southwest Research Institute, Trinity University and Graystreet Partners. She brings 10+ years of education and management experience to the team and works with local and state wide organizations (Texas Workforce Commission/Austin Community College). Erin leads the continuous education and certification parts of the business, as well as pre-construction and designing roles with Sketchup Pro 3D renderings. She has quickly established herself as a thought leader in the Tile Industry and has design builds throughout the city. She herself is a Pro Wedi Installer. Her credentials include:  FOUNDER - Ceramic Tile Education Foundation - Texas · NTCA State Director-Texas · NTCA Education & Training Committee · NTCA Thin Porcelain Tile Subcommittee  Erin in her spare time, likes to travel with her wife Andrea, an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder who competes around the world.   Education:    University of Texas at San Antonio/Concordia University   Bachelor of Science/NCAA Athlete   Concordia University - Masters of Education            

Joining J&R full time in 2014, Erin has been involved in the business since 1999. She is very involved  the Architectural and development community, as well as partnering directly with clients such as Frost Bank, Southwest Research Institute, Trinity University and Graystreet Partners. She brings 10+ years of education and management experience to the team and works with local and state wide organizations (Texas Workforce Commission/Austin Community College). Erin leads the continuous education and certification parts of the business, as well as pre-construction and designing roles with Sketchup Pro 3D renderings. She has quickly established herself as a thought leader in the Tile Industry and has design builds throughout the city. She herself is a Pro Wedi Installer. Her credentials include:

FOUNDER - Ceramic Tile Education Foundation - Texas
· NTCA State Director-Texas
· NTCA Education & Training Committee
· NTCA Thin Porcelain Tile Subcommittee

Erin in her spare time, likes to travel with her wife Andrea, an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder who competes around the world.

Education:
University of Texas at San Antonio/Concordia University
Bachelor of Science/NCAA Athlete
Concordia University - Masters of Education

        

Erin Albrecht, M. Ed.
Executive Vice President

Erin@jandrtile.com
 

 Jim Jaco has been a business consultant for over 30 years specializing in small and medium-size businesses.  Having encountered firsthand the struggles and successes of hundreds of companies across the US, his experience is second to none.  He has consulted companies during the pre-recession, the recession and the comeback and has watched his clientele grow and succeed using proven strategies, activities and processes.    Jim's unparalleled passion is helping owners achieve their goals and improve their quality of life by putting in place the processes, human assets, procedures and systems that allow their businesses to run more efficiently while increasing their ROI and cutting their costs.  Jim passes this on to our customers and clients!  

Jim Jaco has been a business consultant for over 30 years specializing in small and medium-size businesses.  Having encountered firsthand the struggles and successes of hundreds of companies across the US, his experience is second to none.  He has consulted companies during the pre-recession, the recession and the comeback and has watched his clientele grow and succeed using proven strategies, activities and processes.  

Jim's unparalleled passion is helping owners achieve their goals and improve their quality of life by putting in place the processes, human assets, procedures and systems that allow their businesses to run more efficiently while increasing their ROI and cutting their costs.  Jim passes this on to our customers and clients!
 

Jim Jaco
Custom Mosaics & Import Sales
Jim@jandrtile.com

 Linda handles all of our Estimating, and budgeting.  She works with the project management team to ensure customers get the best value, and warrantied systems for J&R's Tile & Stone Installation.  She can quickly put together estimates with our Cloud based estimating system.  She is your contact for ITB's! She played NCAA Collegiate Division I basketball, and is very competitive, which is a great fit for our culture.  University of Texas - San Antonio - Construction Science  Wedi Pro Installer/Ardex Academy Tile & Stone 

Linda handles all of our Estimating, and budgeting.  She works with the project management team to ensure customers get the best value, and warrantied systems for J&R's Tile & Stone Installation.  She can quickly put together estimates with our Cloud based estimating system.  She is your contact for ITB's! She played NCAA Collegiate Division I basketball, and is very competitive, which is a great fit for our culture.

University of Texas - San Antonio - Construction Science

Wedi Pro Installer/Ardex Academy Tile & Stone 

Linda Baneulos
Estimating Manager

Linda@jandrtile.com

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Claudia Lilly-Rodriguez
Executive Assistant

Claudia@jandrtile.com

John Kotara
Co-Founder/Consultant
 

        Triniti is one of the most educated and trained craftsmen in the industry and holds many certifications and accreditation leading to quality assurance written in specifications. Who better to run the show?   He partners with estimating personnel to ensure installations are to Tile Council of North America Standards, and helps Erin educate architects on correct specifications with hands-on demonstrations.  He is also a Regional Evaluator for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, so more installers can be certified in Texas!  Triniti is an avid Rodeo Man, trail rider and Team Roper.  Him and his lovely wife Blanca have horses and trail ride together in his leisure time.                                   Education:   Certified Tile Installer/Advanced Certified Installer (Thin Porcelain Tile, Large Format Tile, Mud Floors, Mud Walls, Substrate Preparation & Shower Receptors)/Stonepeak Plane F.A.C.T. Certification/Ardex Academy Moisture Remediation/Dekton Certified Installer/Wedi Pro Installer/OHSA 10 Certified/Schluter Shower System Certified/Heated Underlayment Certification 

 

 

 Triniti is one of the most educated and trained craftsmen in the industry and holds many certifications and accreditation leading to quality assurance written in specifications. Who better to run the show?   He partners with estimating personnel to ensure installations are to Tile Council of North America Standards, and helps Erin educate architects on correct specifications with hands-on demonstrations.  He is also a Regional Evaluator for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, so more installers can be certified in Texas!  Triniti is an avid Rodeo Man, trail rider and Team Roper.  Him and his lovely wife Blanca have horses and trail ride together in his leisure time.                                

Education:

Certified Tile Installer/Advanced Certified Installer (Thin Porcelain Tile, Large Format Tile, Mud Floors, Mud Walls, Substrate Preparation & Shower Receptors)/Stonepeak Plane F.A.C.T. Certification/Ardex Academy Moisture Remediation/Dekton Certified Installer/Wedi Pro Installer/OHSA 10 Certified/Schluter Shower System Certified/Heated Underlayment Certification 

Triniti Vigil, ACT/CTI
Operations Manager

Triniti@jandrtile.com

 

 Mylo knows how to perform under pressure.  He has served in the U.S. Army and done tours in Iraq for our Armed Forces.  He has a background in Project Management from the Hardscaping & Landscape World, and has a background in Tile & Stone.  His passion and attention to detail make him an asset to J&R, and his passion to learn and grow have been proven as he has completed our Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship for TIle Installers.  He is currently working with the Veteran Office of Education and Texas Workforce Commission to have our Armed Forces use thier G.I. bill to work toward Apprenticeships with J&R and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation - Texas.  He is an Avid fisherman and involved in the Coastal Conservation Association.   Education:    United States Army    Stockdale H.S.

Mylo knows how to perform under pressure.  He has served in the U.S. Army and done tours in Iraq for our Armed Forces.  He has a background in Project Management from the Hardscaping & Landscape World, and has a background in Tile & Stone.  His passion and attention to detail make him an asset to J&R, and his passion to learn and grow have been proven as he has completed our Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship for TIle Installers.  He is currently working with the Veteran Office of Education and Texas Workforce Commission to have our Armed Forces use thier G.I. bill to work toward Apprenticeships with J&R and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation - Texas.  He is an Avid fisherman and involved in the Coastal Conservation Association.

Education:

United States Army

Stockdale H.S.

Michael "Mylo" Mylonas
Sales & Business Development Director
Mylo@jandrtile.com

 Benny has over 20 years of experience in tile & stone. His knowledge bridges the gap between the Project Management and field personell team.  He works on call, to be the first one in and the last to leave everyday, making sure our field staff has evrything they need to be successful in the project.  He can also build and fix anything, so he is J&R's resident welder and mechanic!

Benny has over 20 years of experience in tile & stone. His knowledge bridges the gap between the Project Management and field personell team.  He works on call, to be the first one in and the last to leave everyday, making sure our field staff has evrything they need to be successful in the project.  He can also build and fix anything, so he is J&R's resident welder and mechanic!

Benny Guajardo
Project Engineering/Logistics
jrtile.bg@yahoo.com

ITB Email: estimating@jandrtile.com


Associates & Staff

 Our 100% Full-time staff and Certified & Advanced Installers, Department of Labor Tile Installer Apprentices (4000 hours) & Journeymen Tile Installers (Studying for their certification testing). We never subcontract out our work!

  Adam Arellano    Advanced Certified Installer, Certified Tile Installer, Stonepeak Plane Large Porcelain Panel Certified, Dekton Cosentino Installer Certified, Wedi Pro Installer, Moisture Remediation Systems - Ardex Academy, Self Leveling Systems-Ardex Academy, Schluter Systems Shower Installer Certified  & Heated Underlayment

Adam Arellano

Advanced Certified Installer, Certified Tile Installer, Stonepeak Plane Large Porcelain Panel Certified, Dekton Cosentino Installer Certified, Wedi Pro Installer, Moisture Remediation Systems - Ardex Academy, Self Leveling Systems-Ardex Academy, Schluter Systems Shower Installer Certified  & Heated Underlayment

Adam Arellano, ACT/CTI
Foreman

 Albert is another high end residential installer for multi-million dollar homes.  He has over 14 years of experience in Tile & Stone Installation systems. He is our go to in custom mosaics.  Albert loves to watch the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.  Another reason for a great fit - GO SPURS GO!

Albert is another high end residential installer for multi-million dollar homes.  He has over 14 years of experience in Tile & Stone Installation systems. He is our go to in custom mosaics.  Albert loves to watch the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.  Another reason for a great fit - GO SPURS GO!

Albert Rocha - CTI

 Jose is another East Coast Transplant, from Chicago.  He has experience from running his own company, to being a foreman and estimator at other commercial tile companies.  He is an excellent communicator, and has seemed to pick up some southern charm!

Jose is another East Coast Transplant, from Chicago.  He has experience from running his own company, to being a foreman and estimator at other commercial tile companies.  He is an excellent communicator, and has seemed to pick up some southern charm!

Jose Barcenas - Foreman & DOL Journeyman

 Pedro has completed his Dept. Of Labor apprenticeship as a Tile Installer.  He is a bright young man, with a very bright future at J&R Tile!  Wedi Pro Certified Installer/Schluter Systems Pro/Dural Pro Installer/Ardex Academy Tile & Stone/Apprentice Trainer

Pedro has completed his Dept. Of Labor apprenticeship as a Tile Installer.  He is a bright young man, with a very bright future at J&R Tile!

Wedi Pro Certified Installer/Schluter Systems Pro/Dural Pro Installer/Ardex Academy Tile & Stone/Apprentice Trainer

Pedro Villaneauva DOL Journeyman

 

 Sonny has over 20 years of experience, and continues to learn and grow as a great leader, and teacher to our apprentices.  He is involved in the training and education through our Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program.  His background in multi-million dollar residential is an asset to our staff.    Ardex Academy Tile & Stone    Daltile Slimlite Certified Installer  Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Sonny has over 20 years of experience, and continues to learn and grow as a great leader, and teacher to our apprentices.  He is involved in the training and education through our Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program.  His background in multi-million dollar residential is an asset to our staff.  

Ardex Academy Tile & Stone  

Daltile Slimlite Certified Installer

Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Sonny Cantu, CTI
Foreman

  Eleazar "Sharkey" Maldanado    Sharkey has many years in Leadership. He has worked his way up from entry-level to management in every company he has worked with from Concrete to Hospitality.  The same has happened with J&R, TIle Inc.  Sharkey can be found singing most of the time at J&R and has a fantastic voice!    Advanced Certified Installer, Certified Tile Installer, Stonepeak Plane Large Porcelain Panel Certified, Dekton Cosentino Installer Certified, Wedi Pro Installer, Moisture Remediation Systems - Ardex Academy, Self Leveling Systems-Ardex Academy, Schluter Systems Shower Installer Certified  & Heated Underlayment

Eleazar "Sharkey" Maldanado

Sharkey has many years in Leadership. He has worked his way up from entry-level to management in every company he has worked with from Concrete to Hospitality.  The same has happened with J&R, TIle Inc.  Sharkey can be found singing most of the time at J&R and has a fantastic voice!

Advanced Certified Installer, Certified Tile Installer, Stonepeak Plane Large Porcelain Panel Certified, Dekton Cosentino Installer Certified, Wedi Pro Installer, Moisture Remediation Systems - Ardex Academy, Self Leveling Systems-Ardex Academy, Schluter Systems Shower Installer Certified  & Heated Underlayment

Eleazar "Sharkey" Maldanado , CTI

 

 Jose is our "Maestro" with more experience than anyone at J&R!  He is a great instructional leader, and has some serious mudworking skills.  He is a Wedi Pro Installer, so he is educated and skilled at Old School AND New School!  He is currently working toward his CTI en Espanol, and is a Crossville Laminam Certified Installer.

Jose is our "Maestro" with more experience than anyone at J&R!  He is a great instructional leader, and has some serious mudworking skills.  He is a Wedi Pro Installer, so he is educated and skilled at Old School AND New School!  He is currently working toward his CTI en Espanol, and is a Crossville Laminam Certified Installer.

Jose "Maestro" Palma - Journeyman 4

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Christian Carrillo - DOL Journeyman



Clyde Cantu-DOL Apprentice  /Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Robert Torres- DOL Apprentice Wedi Pro Certified Installer

David Benetiz- DOL Apprentice

Dre Taylor- Make-ready 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Laird -  Tile Finisher 

Michael Toti- DOL Apprentice

Xavier Levine- DOL Apprentice

Zeke Rodriguez- DOL Apprentice
Crossville Laminam Certified Installer/Wedi Pro Certified Installer

      Daniel Silva       Apprentice

Sonny Cantu Jr. - DOL Apprentice

 

 

 

 

Mikey Vigil  -DOL Apprentice

Roger Reyna - DOL Apprentice /U.S. Navy Basic Training

 

Open Positions

*We are always hiring Certified Tile Installers/Union Tile Setters & Finishers*


TILE INSTALLER JOURNEYMAN/CTI'S IN TRAINING

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of tile experience as foreman/lead  (Large Gauged Porcelain Tile/Kerdi&Wedi/self-leveling/membranes/mud floors and walls/large format/lippage control systems experience a plus)
  • PASS APPRENTICESHIP TESTING MODULES AT INTERVIEW
  • STRONG Knowledge of TCNA & ANSI Standards (Part of interview)
  • Must be able to follow instructions from foreman/director of installation DAILY
  • Strong Leadership & Problem Solving Skills
  • Experience reading blueprints
  • Experience in detailed daily reports (electronic preferred)
  • Problem solving & communication skills - Must follow CTI instructions as lead on project
  • Must work well with other crews to meet goals daily and per project
  • Pass Federal & State background checks
  • Pass drug test
  • Valid drivers license
  • Willingness to travel for paid training  (ongoing factory training)
  • MUST BE MOTIVATED TO TAKE CERTIFIED TILE INSTALLER TEST AFTER PROBATIONARY PERIOD

Apprentice

At J&R Tile, we only promote from within. All our setters and installers began as an apprentice and become eligible for promotion to installer once they complete the certification process of becoming a CTI. 

 

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of tile experience  (Kerdi/Wedi/lippage control/self-leveling a plus) OR hold Pre-Apprentice Certificate through Austin Community College or Alamo College Community District
  • Must be able to follow instructions from trainer/ foreman/director of installation DAILY
  • Basic Knowledge of TCNA & ANSI Standards (Part of interview)
  • Problem solving & communication skills - Must follow CTI instructions
  • Pass Federal & State background checks
  • Pass drug test
  • Valid drivers license
  • Reliable with great attitude, collaborative team member
  • Willingness to work to be promoted within company and meet goals to be a Certified Tile Installer through Online/onsite apprenticeship program through NTCA University

Team Member/Pre-Apprentice

We're always looking for new team members interested in growing their tile installation skills. If you don't have previous tile experience but have worked in construction, we'd love to talk to you.

 

Qualifications

  • Construction experience preferred
  • Highly motivated to promote from within & grow with company as a career NOT A PAYCHECK
  • Great Communication & Problem solving skills 
  • Must be able to follow instructions from trainer/ foreman/director of installation DAILY
  • Pass Federal & State background checks
  • Pass drug test
  • Valid drivers license or access to transportation
  • Eagerness to grow with company and learn new skills
  • Willingness to work to be promoted within company to Apprentice
  • MUST NOT BE OBSESSED WITH CELL PHONE

Apply

Apply online application on link to make an appointment,  or come by our office:

J&R Tile
73 Kinder Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78212
 

Interested in working together? Here's our contact info.

J&R TILE, Inc.

Phone: 210.349.8145
Fax: 210.349.0947
Email: chris@jandrtile.com
(Please send all ITBs to estimating@jandrtile.com)

Address
73 Kinder Dr
San Antonio, TX 78212

Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM