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Meet Tony Martin of Excalibur Hardwood Floors in Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Martin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I left California with my parents at the age of 3 to live in Mexico away from the gangs on LA in 1981. There I grew up, went to school and learned the trade of building high end furniture with an uncle. When I was 15 years old my father passed away and struggling trying to make ends meet I decided to adventure myself to come back to the US and help my mom and siblings. In 1996 at the age of 18 I arrived to Arizona with $35.00 dollars on my name, lots of dreams and staying with some friends temporary. I worked on anything I could get my hands on from feeding, walking and taking care of horses, working on a dairy milking cows, which at some point I found myself homeless living and sleeping on the streets until I finally landed a job that would teach me a whole new trade, “Hardwood Floors”.

I started working installing basketball courts which I would have to travel about 9 months out of the year and tired of working out of town most of the time so I decided to start working for a company that did custom hardwood flooring on residential and the opportunity to sleep on my own bed every night. After a few years of working there and learning the ins and outs of the residential side I felt I was spinning my wheels and thinking I could improve the way things were done I decided to start my own company, so in 2005 I started Excalibur Hardwood Floors.

Now married and a father of 3 kids living in Mesa Arizona I feel that it’s been a great learning experience and a lot of entrepreneurs will agree, when we say I had no idea what I was getting into, but when you feel the water up to your neck it’s time to either sink or swim so I did! After years of working really hard in doing things the best way possible pleasing and exceeding our client’s expectations with a team of experienced craftsman we can proudly say we consider our company to be one of the best companies in the valley.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As most business owners I guess is natural to learn as you go and specially the ups and downs on the beginning where you have to go look for the next job and no one knows the kind of work you may do so it’s easy to get scared and think failure is just around the corner but working hard, doing quality work, and having the support of a positive thinking wife that tells you to keep your head up that somehow, things will have a happy ending.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Excalibur Hardwood Floors – what should we know?
We are proud to say we do hardwood floors and specialize in hardwood floors only. We don’t do carpet, tile, etc. I believe that if you concentrate in one thing you can be laser focus and be the best on what you be.

We do installation, repairs, sand and refinishing including Basketball courts, maintenance, striping, and logos as well as offering a wide range of hardwood flooring samples at our Mesa showroom.

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