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

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

Christine A. Kotara
CEO
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: · NTCA State Director-Texas · NTCA Education & Training Committee · NTCA Thin Porcelain Tile Subcommittee  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:


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

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

        

Erin Albrecht, M. Ed.
COO

Erin@jandrtile.com
 

Nicole has an extensive background in office administration and marketing.  Her outstanding customer service has been recognized and is award winning in her construction background.  She was the first female franchise owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the State of Texas, and her leadership and insight of financial management is an asset to J&R, and her reporting and accuracy of our project management data, costs, and analytics will ensure that we have a constant pulse with our workforce providing top value. Education: Northwest Vista College - Associate of Science Awards: Robert Half International Hero Award for Collaboration & Customer Service 2015 & 2016 Top Gun Award - top 10% of franchises for 3 consecutive years  

Nicole has an extensive background in office administration and marketing.  Her outstanding customer service has been recognized and is award winning in her construction background.  She was the first female franchise owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the State of Texas, and her leadership and insight of financial management is an asset to J&R, and her reporting and accuracy of our project management data, costs, and analytics will ensure that we have a constant pulse with our workforce providing top value.

Education:

Northwest Vista College - Associate of Science

Awards:

Robert Half International Hero Award for Collaboration & Customer Service 2015 & 2016

Top Gun Award - top 10% of franchises for 3 consecutive years

 

Nicole Bitner
Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Nicole@jandrtile.com

Glenn handles all logistics and material aquisition, and works on daily operations with estimating and project management staff.  He has years of retail experience in the Tile and Stone Industry with numerous distributors and manufacterers.  Glenn handles and organizes hundreds of thousands of square feet of tile a year!  He is a cigar aficiando, and a Pittsburg transplant like Richard. 

Glenn handles all logistics and material aquisition, and works on daily operations with estimating and project management staff.  He has years of retail experience in the Tile and Stone Industry with numerous distributors and manufacterers.  Glenn handles and organizes hundreds of thousands of square feet of tile a year!  He is a cigar aficiando, and a Pittsburg transplant like Richard. 

Glenn Saylor
Logistics & Project Management

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.

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.

John Kotara
Co-Founder
 

Triniti partners with Erin on the continuing education of field personnel (bi-lingual), as well as scheduling needs and manages the field superintendents which are our working foremen.  He 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.  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!                                    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 partners with Erin on the continuing education of field personnel (bi-lingual), as well as scheduling needs and manages the field superintendents which are our working foremen.  He 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.  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!                                   

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
Director Of Installation

Triniti@jandrtile.com

 

Linda is a graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio, with a degree in Construction Science.  She is vital in executing best value to clients by her relationship with distributors and dealers, and utilizing the latest technology in estimating takeoffs and data analysis in our cloud-based project management system.  She is bi-lingual, efficient, and is currently working on her certification of thin-bed installation systems through NTCA University.  She is a Wedi Pro Certified Installer, and has attended multiple manufacturer trainings with Ardex, Schluter Systems, Wedi, Laticrete, and is constantly learning the newest technologies in the tile trade through NTCA Webinars and J&R's in house trainings. Education: University of Texas San Antonio - Construction Science

Linda is a graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio, with a degree in Construction Science.  She is vital in executing best value to clients by her relationship with distributors and dealers, and utilizing the latest technology in estimating takeoffs and data analysis in our cloud-based project management system.  She is bi-lingual, efficient, and is currently working on her certification of thin-bed installation systems through NTCA University.  She is a Wedi Pro Certified Installer, and has attended multiple manufacturer trainings with Ardex, Schluter Systems, Wedi, Laticrete, and is constantly learning the newest technologies in the tile trade through NTCA Webinars and J&R's in house trainings.

Education:

University of Texas San Antonio - Construction Science

Linda Banuelos
 Estimator & Project Manager
Linda@jandrtile.com

Emily is a graduate of Construction Careers Academy High School, and joined J&R Tile as paid intern in the Summer of 2016. Chris met her at a job fair at the high schoolShe will be attending Northwest Vista College on a full scholarship by J&R Tile, to continue her education and is an outstanding bright young lady!  She has strong organizational skills, and her work ethic is a testament to the future of the construction industry looking very bright.  J&R is pleased to have her join our team full-time while working around her schedule to continue her development to bring new ideas to the team.  Emilly also won the "Carpenter of the Year" award out her senior class at Construction Careers High School@

Emily is a graduate of Construction Careers Academy High School, and joined J&R Tile as paid intern in the Summer of 2016. Chris met her at a job fair at the high schoolShe will be attending Northwest Vista College on a full scholarship by J&R Tile, to continue her education and is an outstanding bright young lady!  She has strong organizational skills, and her work ethic is a testament to the future of the construction industry looking very bright.  J&R is pleased to have her join our team full-time while working around her schedule to continue her development to bring new ideas to the team.  Emilly also won the "Carpenter of the Year" award out her senior class at Construction Careers High School@

Emilly Abundis
 Assistant Project Manager
Emilly@jandrtile.com

ITB Email: jrtilebids@gmail.com


Associates & Staff

 Our 100% Full-time staff and Certified & Advanced Installers, Department of Labor Tile Installer Apprentices (6000 hours) & Journeymen Tile Installers (Studying for their certification testing). We never sub 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
Asst. Director Of Installation

Jimmy Martinez 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

Jimmy Martinez

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

Jimmy Martinez, CTI
Finishing Director

Eleazar "Sharkey" Maldanado 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

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
 


 

Sonny Garza
 Tile Installer Journeyman  Daltile Slimlite Certified Installer                         Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Christian Carrillo
DOL Tile Installer Apprentice             Stonepeak Plane Certified Installer


Clyde Garza
      DOL Apprentice                Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Robert Torres
          DOL Apprentice          Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Fred Orozco
Tile Finisher Journeyman

Dre Taylor

Make-ready 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Sandlin
Tile Installer Journeyman Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Jose Palma
Tile Installer Journeyman Crossville Laminam Certified Installer                              Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Javin Flores
         DOL Apprentice                  Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Taylor Laird
Demolition Lead/ Tile Finisher Apprentice

Sonnie Cantu Jr.
Pre-Apprentice

Jack Meirer
Tile Installer Journeyman
                          

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

Pedro Villanueva
DOL Tile Installer     Apprentice                        Wedi Pro Certified Installer

Mikey Vigil

DOL Apprentice

Javier Flores

   Pre-Apprentice 

Roger Reynaljii

Pre-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 jrtilebids@gmail.com)

Address
73 Kinder Dr
San Antonio, TX 78212

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