At Creative Materials, Our mission is to help our clients design and build better communities by simplifying the selection and supply of surface materials on commercial construction projects.

This means that our true focus is not simply on the tile, glass, LVT, and other surface materials that we supply. A lot goes on “beneath the surface” on commercial construction projects, and that’s where we dig in. For every tile that is specified, there is a client with a vision. For every container of LVT that needs to be delivered, there is a construction manager with a deadline. On every commercial construction project there are a million things that can go right, and a million things that can go wrong. We have aligned our people and our services to offer assistance at each of those inflection points throughout the project journey. Beneath the surface, our service leaders are here to assist and guide, every step of the way.

DESIGN SERVICES

Erin DeMuth | Senior Design Services Consultant

Erin’s background is in interior design. She and her team assist clients with custom tile, LVT and glass pattern layouts and designs. Sometimes clients find the perfect tile, but need assistance with a coded laying pattern to assist installation professionals.  Sometimes clients are crunched for time and need help visualizing options. Sometimes clients need help adjusting a pattern or understanding nuances of certain collections. Erin’s passion beneath the surface of many inspirational floors and spaces offers enhanced collaboration with clients to help a vision come to life.

Erin’s super-popular blog: Erin’s Picks | Work examples: Design & Sourcing

 

 

PRODUCT SOURCING

Scott Bocketti | Product Category Manager

Scott’s been in the flooring industry for over 20 years and knows product inside and out…and over and under. Sharing his expertise with clients, Scott and his team help guide clients and internal stakeholders to make smart product decisions based on aesthetic, financial, and technical information. Whether you are looking for a certain body type, slip resistance, finish, or aesthetic, Scott and his team are available to help with product sourcing.  Scott recently completed research to help clients understand what literally goes on beneath the surface of different porcelain body types. Watch as he recaps the highlights of that research, or read a white paper linked below.

White Paper: Understanding Porcelain Body Types                                              

QUALITY ASSURANCE & TECHNICAL

Ken Ahn | Quality Assurance & Technical Team Lead 

He created a video to help OrangeTheory Fitness installers cut and install glass tiles with no breakage. He’s frequently on-site perfecting cleaning programs that work best in harsh environments. He regularly reviews commercial project specifications for clients because he has witnessed first-hand how installation execution can be vastly improved with a detailed and thoughtful specification. As Quality Assurance and Technical Team Lead, Ken Ahn’s entire job is helping clients understand what exactly goes on “beneath the surface”. From pre-sales estimating and project planning to post-sales customer support and quality control, Ken helps clients throughout the journey. Prior to joining Creative Materials, Ken spent over 10+ years in the Washington D.C. area as a construction manager in the tile and stone industry. He currently serves on the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association’s Technical and Education Committees.

Ken’s blog, Tile Talk, focuses on sharing knowledge from real-world scenarios, providing a meaningful and tangible resource for industry professionals. 

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Brian Kile | Manager of Contractor Services & Sales

Anyone working in commercial construction knows that specifying materials takes place at the very front end of the process, with many stages to fulfill before anything actually gets built. Brian Kile and his team dive in post-specification and work to ensure that specified materials make it to the jobsite on time and with utmost efficiency. The Project Management team can be counted on to provide timely support during the bid process, and to provide submittals and LEED documentation. Brian’s holistic approach to project management ensures timelines, project goals, key stakeholders, and project vision are implicitly understood. His team expertly manages all types of projects, including those with extremely large order quantitiescustomization, and everything in between. 

Project Management Team: Work Examples 

 

PAVER SPECIALIZATION

Steve Lasek | Division Lead • Paver Systems
LEED Green Associate
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Concrete Paver Sales Technician Designation

Several years back, 2cm porcelain pavers burst into the commercial market, offering fresh aesthetics beyond traditional concrete pavers. With this surge came an abundance of questions from our clients about proper installation, wind uplift, and when to use 2cm vs standard thickness. With 12+ years of experience, Steve Lasek became our paver division lead, specializing in technical consulting and material sourcing for pavers – both 2cm porcelain and concrete.

Steve assists with the design and supply of exterior paver scopes, including permeable applications, hardscapes, and roof deck and terrace systems. He works in conjunction with our internal sales team, and directly with architects, designers, contractors, and developers. Steve earned his LEED Green Associate credential in 2019 and has written a number of whitepapers on paver-related topics.