HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 10, 2017) – Eric Tryon, owner and founder of Premier Surfaces, Inc, a custom countertop fabrication and installation company in the Southeast, recently announced the sale of his business to Clio Holdings. As part of the transaction, Tryon became the appointed CEO of Clio and will continue supporting the efforts of the organization’s nearly 1,000 employees in 17 locations.
“After our first meeting, our shared vision for the industry quickly became apparent,” said Tryon, CEO of Clio. “I am proud of the business that I built with Premier Surfaces and how it was well positioned for this next step but now I’m looking forward to championing the successful development of the Clio family.”
Premier Surfaces was founded in 2002 with one location north of Atlanta, Georgia before acquiring operations in Birmingham, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and opening a new location in Huntsville, Alabama. Following the acquisitions, Tryon and his team were successful in transforming each business by sharing best practices and implementing a teamwork mentality for all associates, which is part of the principles of the Rockhead Group, a private group of stone fabrication businesses, in which Tryon plays a very active role as one of the founders.
“Our industry continues to evolve and we are at a critical point where information sharing is key for continued growth,” Tryon noted. “The Rockhead Group, and all of its company members, which include individual fabricator businesses, manufacturers, tooling and service providers, are a great example of how our industry is joining forces to elevate the way in which we do business.”
The Rockheads, as they are coined in the industry by the most influential stone and surfacing fabrication companies, continue to gain momentum across the United States and have recently added new members in Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York and Hawaii. The Group is currently implementing an aggressive expansion plan and will continue focusing on their marketing efforts through their collaboration with Marqet Group.
“Eric is a clear example of the type of leadership we need amongst the Rockheads,” Jon Kaplan, Managing Director of Rockhead Group, stated. “We aim to recruit more companies that want to professionalize their businesses and better our industry as a whole by knowledge sharing,” he added.
The Rockhead Group holds a yearly “Benchmarking Meeting” where individual members run through their financial statements to learn from one another and share best practice standards. This year, the meeting will be hosted by Precision Countertops in Portland, Oregon, during the month of June where the members will have the ability to see best practices in both financial statements and operations.
“I am very thankful for my network of peer stone fabricators that have allowed me to not only professionalize my individual business but also now give me the ability to run Clio Holdings and its multiple operations,” Tryon added. “The entrepreneurial spirit and vive of the Rockheads is certainly one of a kind and one that has added tremendous value in my career.”
For more information on the Rockhead Group, please visit www.rockheadsusa.com