Since 1988, Unique Tile has been a Missouri based wholesale distributor of designer-oriented tile and stone. We constantly strive to set the standards for style, design and attention to the demands of our nationwide clients both residentially and commercially. We offer a wide variety of fashion-forward products to accompany all design schemes and to fit every price range. We have a dealer network in place that carries the line throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Even though we are a distributor, our always evolving showroom is open to the public and features a vast array of products, many of which we showcase prior to production. Traveling the globe, each tile series is personally selected by our team of interior designers, which enables us to present the latest that the tile trade has to offer at the best possible prices. Our showroom also offers a wide variety of tools and setting products, which is available to the public. Unique Tile is also home to a full granite fabrication facility serving both residential and commercial projects.
Quality products, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service are all traits that helped to gain our customer loyalty and our continued service after the sale. Whether you’re a designer, architect, builder or homeowner, make sure to stop by our showroom or give us a call and see what Unique Tile can offer to you! For those of you who prefer the web…here it is to inspire you.
MEET THE TEAM!
Melissa has been president of Unique Tile from the beginning in 1988. She has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and before Unique Tile was an office manager at Lynn's Electric. She works with VP Paul Mudd to make sure the company runs smoothly.
For fun, Melissa likes to travel the world and promote the industry. She also enjoys fine dining, wine tasting, reading, and hanging out with friends. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she says it has been starting Unique Tile. Her favorite places to visit are Italy in the fall, and the Caribbean in the winter. When asked what makes her Unique, she says, "Everyone should know that by now."
Paul Mudd started at Unique Tile in 1994, and has served in the Navy for 8 years: rank = E-5, position = OS2 (Operation Specialists). After his Navy service Paul joined the Unique Tile team. Paul, as Vice President, helps hand-pick tile lines from Italy. He also runs our tool and installation product center.
For fun, Paul enjoys working on cars, reading, hunting, target shooting, traveling, and hanging out with friends. When asked what his biggest accomplishments were, he replied,"Working at Unique Tile as Vice President, managing operations and purchasing technical products. Also, while in the Navy being a part of one of the biggest drug busts in 1991 and going on a six month deployment in the Pacific Islands."
STONE GALLERY MANAGER
Kevin Alba started at Unique Tile in 1997 and has graduated from technical school in graphing and design. Previous to his work at Unique Tile, Kevin worked in St Louis and Chicago since 1987. At Unique Tile, Kevin manages stone gallery orders and ensures that our stone installations are perfect.
For fun, Kevin enjoys sports. When asked about his biggest accomplishments, he says they are being a husband and a father. His favorite places to visit are anywhere in Florida, and he has two cats, and one dog.
Loren Cummins started at Unique Tile in 2002, with a business degree from Labette Community College. Before Unique Tile, Loren worked at both Global Granite and KPC Tile and Stone. Loren communicates with customers and ensures their orders are placed.
For fun, Loren enjoys Cardinals baseball games and loves to fish and hunt. When asked about his biggest accomplishments, he replies that is his family, four children, grandson, and new granddaughter. His favorite place he's visited has been Disneyland with his family, and when asked what makes him Unique, he says being himself and meeting new people.
SHOP FOREMAN/SAW OPERATOR
Travis Pyle has been working at Unique Tile since 2003, and says his schooling is a combination of high school, college, and the school of hard knocks. When asked what he did before Unique Tile, he says, "Is there anywhere else?" At Unique Tile, Travis cuts and organizes tile and stone, making sure each piece is a perfect fit.
For fun, he says he likes to plan world domination, and his greatest accomplishment has been owning his own house and a 2000 piece Transformer collection. His favorite place to visit is anywhere with his wife, and when asked what makes him Unique, he says, "I am a 39 almost 40 year old man with Transformer tattoos and I do an awesome Scooby Doo and Shaggy Impression." Travis is also an artist and doodled a fun Scooby on his bio sheet.
Karen Ruwwe has been working at Unique Tile since 2008, and attended Missouri State University. Before Unique Tile, Karen worked at the Resource Room, Acme Brick, and various other jobs. She works the front desk at Unique Tile and provides excellent customer service and design advice.
For fun, Karen likes to go to Cardinal Baseball games and attending her children's activities. Similarly, she says her greatest accomplishment is raising her children, and her favorite place to visit is anywhere with family. When asked what makes her Unique, she replies with, "My ability to multitask."
Dru Rohlman started work at Unique tile in 2008, and before Unique Tile, has worked plenty of odd jobs and worked as a construction hand. Dru makes sure tile and stone are cut perfectly and installed with an eye for detail in homes and businesses all across the Ozarks.
For fun, Dru enjoys spending time with his family, working on his house, and playing the drums. He says his greatest accomplishment in life has been recording two studio albums. His favorite place to visit is Beale Street, Memphis. When asked what makes him Unique, he says, "An eclectic taste in music."
Shantell Mudd started work at Unique Tile in 2012. Before Unique Tile, Shantell was in High School, because she started working here at 17. Shantell is an excellent accountant and makes sure to keep tight budgets.
For fun, Shantell enjoys road trips, shopping, and spending time with family. She says her biggest accomplishment is creating the most beautiful baby in the world. Her favorite place to visit has been Edinburgh, Scotland. One thing that she says makes her Unique is, "I was a flight attendant for a year so I got to travel and meet a lot of interesting people. "
Kevin Turpin stared at Unique tile in 2014, and attended university at Columbia college. Before Unique Tile, Kevin worked at the Sheriff's office for 25 years. Here at Unique tile, Kevin keeps the warehouse spotless and working smoothly with excellent attention to detail.
For fun, Kevin enjoys fishing and riding horses, which he owns four of. When asked about his biggest accomplishment in life, he replies with his, "successful career in law enforcement and success with raising my daughter." He has visited several places, but not anywhere that he likes more than home.
Karen Cummins started at Unique Tile in 2016, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Before working at Unique tile, she was an Accounting manager for 35 years, the last 25 of she spent at a local golf course. She is an Excel whiz and makes certain our catalogs and hours are all in order.
For fun, she loves to do just about anything, especially outdoors, including running, biking, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys quilting and sewing, and says she is never bored. Her greatest accomplishments have been completing two marathons, and her family. She is proud to say she's been married to Loren for over twenty-five years, have four wonderful children, a grandson, and a new granddaughter. Karen's favorite place that she has visited has been the Faroe Islands, and when asked what makes her Unique, she says, "I never stop dreaming! I love people and life."
Stephanie Karlsons began work at Unique tile in 2016 and attended college for Marketing Management. Before Unique Tile, she was a proud stay at home mother for 10 years, and previous to that she has worked at Anthem, Prime, and Swift Transportation. At Unique Tile, she handles orders over the phone and ensures excellent customer service.
For fun, she loves to cook, read, mix drinks, cheer on her kids' sports teams, and sit by the fire-pit with friends. She says her greatest accomplishment in life was moving across the country to build a more desirable future for her family. Her happy place to visit is Long Beach Island, NJ. When asked what makes her Unique, she says, "I can find humor in almost anything."
Stephen Kidd started at Unique Tile June 2017, and has attended Gladys A. Kelce College of Business at Pittsburgh State University. Before Unique Tile, he was working in FSA/HRA Administration at Med-Pay In Springfield, MO. At Unique Tile, he provides excellent customer service and ensures our sample room is neat and organized.
For fun, Stephen likes to play basketball and stay active outdoors. When asked about his greatest accomplishment, he says he's proud of being a great dad. A favorite place that he has visited has been Walt Disney World, and when asked what makes him Unique, he replied, "My wild sense of humor."
Joe started at Unique Tile in 2017, and has some trade school for HVAC. He is experienced in plumbing as well. Before Unique Tile, he ran his own shop, and worked at Nixa Hardware. Joe makes sure our tile and stone are expertly taken care of and installed with excellent attention to detail.
For fun, Joe enjoys fishing, mowing the yard, and playing with his little girl. He says his biggest accomplishments in life are his family and his home, his favorite place he has visited is the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame. He says what makes him Unique is his positive attitude and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.
Regina started started work at Unique tile in 2017, after attending Missouri State University. Before Unique Tile, she worked in food service. Now, she manages marketing materials for Unique Tile as well as the website.
For fun, Regina enjoys resin crafts, drawing, playing video games, and spending time with loved ones. When asked about her biggest accomplishment in life, she says, "So far, so good." Her favorite vacation memory is arriving at the ocean late at night in Florida. When asked what makes her Unique, she says she plays Dungeons and Dragons with her friend in her spare time.
Calvin started at Unique Tile in October 2017, with some college experience and worked at Hertz Rent-A-Car for 4 years. At Unique Tile, he follows projects from start to finish, drawing out guidelines and overseeing installs.
For fun, Calvin enjoys woodworking, playing soccer, and spending time with his family. He says his greatest accomplishment is his daughter Isla, and that she is his whole life. His favorite place he has visited was Edinburgh, Scotland, and in his opinion it is the most beautiful place on earth. When asked what makes him Unique, he replied, "I have lived half my life in Scotland and half of my life in America.