About D&B Tile Distributors
ABOUT US & HISTORY
From humble beginnings in post-war Miami, the Yarborough family has built an international tile business focused on serving the community with quality tile. When Dave Yarborough bought a World War II surplus truck to begin a tile setting business, little did he realize that in the early part of the new millennium, he would be at the helm of a company considered to be one of the largest tile distributors in the United States.
For those who don’t know, D&B Tile Distributors was named after Dave and his wife, Betty. Throughout more than 50 years in business, the family has worked together to build a business that serves homeowners, contractors, architects, and designers alike. Dave’s son, Harold Yarborough currently serves as CEO, running the operations. While Cindy Yarborough, Dave’s daughter, managed the Palmetto Bay operation until her recent retirement.
Rudy Llerena, Sr. and two generations below him continued the family side of the business. He originally managed the Doral location and helped Dave and Harold build the business in Miami Dade. Now Rudy’s sons serve at D&B Tile – Rudy Llerena as President & COO and his brother Alex Llerena as the VP of Operations. Rudy’s daughter Annelize Llerena serves as the branch manager of the Doral location – bringing three generations of history to the business. All of the family members have worked through a variety of positions in the business, giving them an unmatched breadth of experience. Along with the rest of the D&B Tile family, every team member strives to offer an excellent customer experience in every interaction.
Today, D&B Tile Distributors deals with more than 40 manufacturers and imports more than 30% of its product from Italy, Spain, South America, and the Far East. Within recent years, there have been many factories built in the U.S. that make it more efficient to have many more American-made products available for our clients. Each year the management team travels and meet with factory representatives in around the globe to inspect and order new lines for the Florida and Caribbean markets.
D&B’s objective is to provide everything needed for a beautiful tile installation and plenty of it. “We maintain an inventory worth more than $5 million in our Sunrise operation, which also serves as our headquarters,” said CEO, Harold Yarborough.
There are seven tile showroom locations throughout the region including Palm Beach, Hollywood, Delray Beach, Palmetto Bay, Miami, and Hialeah, as well as the headquarters location in Sawgrass.
ROOTS IN CONSTRUCTION & WORKING WITH CONTRACTORS
The family has also 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 & Contractors, a national construction trade association comprised of more than 80 chapters and more than 25,000 member companies.
In addition, David Yarborough and Harold Yarborough were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA). Dave and Harold Yarborough served on its board of directors while daughter Cindy has been an active board member and past president. Rudy Llerena, President & COO now serves on the CTDA Board of Directors as President. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) 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. Today, D&B Tile Distributors is actively encouraging tile contractors to become certified through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF). Testing is held throughout the year at various locations, and the certification of installers will greatly enhance the image and stature of the industry.
SUPPORTING THE ARCHITECTURAL & DESIGN COMMUNITIES
We consistently adapt to industry changes and the way projects are managed. Our architectural/design team is comprised of professionals who work closely with the design community to develop new and different ways to use tile in construction and interior design.
D&B Tile believes in making investments in educating and coaching our staff with technical knowledge, customer service and modified business planning to compete and provide a wide range of products, services, and industry training.
We are also proud to be the exclusive distributor for Crossville Tile in South Florida. This line of high-end porcelain tiles is preferred by architects, designers, decorators, and specifiers. Along with Crossville, D&B Tile Distributors carries premier tile lines such as Atlas Concorde, American Olean, Marazzi, and Anatolia. Keeping in touch with consumer tastes, our goal is to provide a wide range of tile options that closely resemble natural stone or other trends, thereby enhancing the appeal to all markets.
D&B Tile Distributors is well-poised for the future. Our team is focused on delivering updated interior showrooms that come together as new Design Studios. These spaces offer a modern collaborative space for designers, contractors, and clients alike while also offering a contractor direct space for efficient pick-ups of materials. Our expressed goal is to encourage all customers to use the D&B showrooms as their own.
CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COMMUNITIES
Our team feels fortunate to be able to support our local community and worldwide organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Jack & Jill House for abused children, and the Trojan House, built by high school students. We make it a priority to be active in the communities we serve and to donate tile and other materials to worthy efforts. In addition, our team works to raise funds and participate in charity events for Prestige Club, James Jr. Fund, and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. We’re grateful for our customers and vendors who enable us to help make positive change and raise funds for all these great organizations.
THE FUTURE & BEYOND
The growth and development of D&B Tile Distributors over the past 50 years is due in large part to the opportunities for our employees to become part of the management team and acquire partnership status within the company. Working with us is not just a job, it’s a career path and because our employees are truly a part of the business, their care for our customers is simply exceptional.
At D&B Tile Distributors, we stay focused on two major areas: customer service and continuing education for its tile contracting customers. These two areas have been major building blocks for our company since day one and will continue into the foreseeable future.