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Our History

 

Long before Capital Tile existed, Patrick Hathaway had a vision for creating a business that would span the US providing quality tilework to a variety of companies. He took the first steps towards achieving this dream when he founded Patrick's Tile & Marble in 1985.

While the company started out small with just two employees, it didn't take long for their reputation for precise and accurate tiling at reasonable prices to spread around. Soon they were laying tiles for houses throughout Lawrence and traveling to renovate hotels.

Eventually, as demand for their services grew Patrick knew that it was time to pass the torch to the next generation. So in 2013, Ben Walker came forward to lead the company as their CEO & Co-Owner and renamed their business into Capital Tile. Under his direction, the company expanded to house a staff of over 25 employees and began subcontracting tile installation & demolition with businesses throughout America from hotels and car dealerships to theaters and sports facilities.

During this new phase, Ben continued to develop a culture and atmosphere that invests in its employees and builds deeper relationships with clients. He also led the charge in expanding the company's presence into new markets.

Today, Capital Tile works hand-in-hand with customers across a multitude of industries to ensure every project is on-time, high quality, and on budget.

Our Team

Ben Walker

Ben Walker

CEO & Co-President
Ben Walker
CEO & Co-President
Ben Walker started his career after graduating from Baylor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. From early on Ben had a flair for being an entrepreneur and much of his early work was involved in helping corporations revitalize the way that they did business. Before joining with Capital Tile, he originally worked for the state of Texas as a Recycling Coordinator. This led to him becoming the Southwest Regional Manager for the Steel Recycling Institute where he represented the steel industry on environmental issues about recycling in eight Southwestern states. Eventually, all this effort culminated in Ben becoming the General Manager for the American Iron & Steel Institute where he focused on growing the market for residential light gauge steel framing in the Western United States. Later in 2001, Ben left Texas and took his experience of working with the public to join Abitibi-Consolidated, a Fortune 500 company known as the largest newsprint manufacturer in the world, as a Senior Director of Public Affairs. While there, he was responsible for managing the communications and government affairs between the US and UK until eventually his cousin Pat Hathaway reached out to ask for help in taking his Topeka tile company to the next level. Eager to help his cousin and ready for a change in career, Ben moved to Kansas and joined forces with Pat to begin working in the business which led to both of them establishing a strong foothold in the Kansas City market as they continued to work on projects around the country. Ultimately, Ben crafted a vision for reforming the company to have a strong culture of investing in its employees, developing strong relationships with their customers, and creating beautiful tile work that could stand the test of time. His persistence in creating this future led to him becoming the CEO of Capital Tile in 2013.
Pat Hathaway

Pat Hathaway

Co-President, Owner

Pat Hathaway
Co-President, Owner

From early on in his life, Pat Hathaway knew that construction was the industry he wanted to work in. Starting in high school, Pat would work in the afternoon in construction-related jobs that would earn him credits within his classes. This soon led to him signing up for a trade school to continue to refine his skills.

Eventually, all of this experience came together when his uncle’s best friend began to mentor him in the art of professional tile setting. Over the years this relationship began to develop not only his skill set, but also a strong work ethic. This led to his apprenticeship in Houston where he discovered his love for working on large scale projects and traveling across the country.

Nowadays he’s a ‘boomerang’ resident of Topeka frequently traveling between Topeka and Kansas City. He also loves to quote that his favorite part about his trade is walking into a messy, dirty, muddy mess of a job site and leaving it looking nice.

Our Core Values