Clint Watson: The King of Tile
At King Tile, “We Take Pride in Your Design”
Known as the “Tile Freak,” Clint Watson’s passion for building and design started at the age of 12, when he and his father laid his first brick walkway. After developing his knowledge of the tile industry in the U.S., Clint moved to Toronto, where he combined his extensive experience of tile with entrepreneurship in 2015 to found King Tile. The premise of King Tile is to provide an exceptional experience for every client. “Each project is pursued with full commitment, sharp attention to detail and, most importantly, execution of our client’s vision,” says Watson. “We have a full team on hand, from administrative support to in-house design, accounting personnel and fully trained installation crews ready to serve our clients. Each member of our team is committed to providing our clients a one-of-a-kind, personalized experience.” King Tile was founded on the principle of delivery. To do this, a systematic and methodical training program was developed and implemented to ensure that each member of the team values execution, quality and service delivery. With these standards, King Tile has quickly become one of North America’s premier tile and slab installation companies.
“We are not your average tile setters who show up in dirty work clothes and a beat-up pickup truck. We are true professionals. Since we love what we do, we show up clean, prompt and eager to work. We are artisans, and that is something we take pride in,” says Watson. And with that, the birth of another brand was sparked, Tile Freak Inc. Inspired by the widely shared complaint that companies fall short of supporting quality craftsmanship, Tile Freak’s video and podcast content is made to share Watson’s industry experiences and set the industry standard. Whether you need custom slab work, additional design assistance to execute your vision or on-site fabrication or installation, King Tile will be honoured to serve you with luxury custom finishes that will enhance any indoor and outdoor space.
“We are focused on the luxury aspect, and we are client-focused and service-focused, but we also support quality craftsmanship by focusing on our technicians. The technicians who come to work for King Tile are all trained properly, and I put them in an environment where they’re comfortable. They don’t worry about just getting the job done quickly and then running out. So that, in turn, has really been able to help us serve our clients much better,” says Watson. The company’s accomplished team of sales representatives, project coordinators and installation experts provide the highest quality training, tools and materials to deliver exceptional experiences to their clients.
Throughout his travels and while working in many different locations, Clint Watson noticed a common theme: not enough attention to installation practice, and a focus on getting the job done as quickly as possible to get paid. He recognized the industry needed to reset its focus. “We need the focus to be on the technical aspects of tile installation,” says Watson. What is most important to him is the ability to create something inspired by true passion that reflects a person’s desire to reach their full potential. “When meeting with my team, I want to listen to their perspectives. I want to acknowledge their ideas, as our company’s success is a cumulative and collaborative effort that includes everyone’s individual creativity. There’s opportunity for creativity in everything we do. When everyone around me feels like they are in a position to create something unique and individual to themselves, that is the ultimate level of success!” says Watson.