Professionalism and experience are two words best described by Island Tile owner Cliff Hirsch. Forged by hard-work, determination, and hands-on practice, Cliff Hirsch has evolved the independent showroom and warehouse into Central Florida’s lead distributor and installer of premium porcelain tile.
The coastal scenery and love for the ocean brought Cliff Hirsch to the beachside town of Melbourne, FL where Island Tile had its humble beginning in 1984. Running the newly founded business from his garage and obtaining a tile contractor license, Cliff began creating tile works of art in residential and commercial properties throughout Brevard County. By 1988, he became the county’s very first block exam certified tile contractor and expanded the renowned Island Tile installation around the entire state of Florida.
Although you may not catch Cliff installing at the job-site now-a-days, his devotion to craftsmanship has remained. Establishing and maintaining relationships with manufacturers in Italy and Spain ensures that as well as personally attending exclusive international tile shows ensures our imports are not only superior in quality at the best price, but also in styles that are au courant. The dynamic duo of a business savvy mindset, and tile contracting skill set is how Cliff has kept Island Tile at the standards set from the beginning.
Since joining the Island Tile family, Ronan Farrelly has brought an unmatched level of expertise and wisdom to his position as Installation Manager.
Ronan’s roots in the trade stem from his home country of Ireland back in the early 1980s, where he first started working for a family friend who was a master setter. After noticing Ronan’s potential, he took him under his wing. A couple years of hard work and dedication later, Ronan completed his apprenticeship.
Throughout the years, Ronan worked alongside fellow contractors renovating Georgian and Victorian homes around Dublin. He was even involved in the restoration of a Gothic era church in western Ireland, part of the famous Kylemore Abbey.
Making his way across the Atlantic pond in 2005, Ronan moved to the USA and gained a certification with the Tile Council of North America. During that time he ran a successful installation and renovation business.
From there, he joined the Island Tile installation team in December of 2019 as Installation Manager. Whether Ronan is out specking homes or coordinating installation, he makes the process as easy as possible by offering tips, advice, and anything he can do to help.