Huntington Beach, Calif. -- Steve Taylor is retiring from Custom Building Products, after nearly 30 years of service. Credited with numerous product innovations and for helping define installation best practices during his 40-year career, Taylor’s impact on the ceramic tile industry is undeniable and his presence will be missed.

Taylor joined Custom as technical director in 1990 and rose through the ranks culminating as director of architecture and technical marketing, which is a post he has held since 2010. During his tenure at Custom, Taylor played a key role in developing industry-first products like SimpleMat, Fusion Pro Single Component Grout and AcrylPro Adhesive. These types of innovations not only contributed to the success and growth of Custom, but helped shape the industry as a whole.

Taylor’s passion and commitment over the years has extended beyond Custom to roles with organizations responsible for mandating the quality and guidelines for proper ceramic and natural stone tile installation, including member of the board of directors for the Tile Council of North America (TCNA); vice president of Material and Methods Standards Associations (MMSA); and Ceramic Tile Institute of America certified tile consultant (CTC).

A TCNA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Taylor has authored hundreds of articles, white papers, and technical documents, and served as speaker at many trade events during his career. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master’s in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.

“Steve is not only the smartest individual that I’ve had the pleasure of working with during my 36 year career in the business, but he’s also a first class individual with the patience of a saint,” said Nick Macrino, a commercial architectural representative at Custom Building Products. “His expertise in regards to product development and explaining the chemistry of why products either work or don’t work provided me the complete picture on the how it all comes together in a tile assembly. With his easy going demeanor and depth of his character, it’s no surprise that he’s achieved such great professional success.”

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