Manager Tony Bray
Get to know more about Manager Tony Bray. The words of wisdom from his Dad that shaped his professional career and how he’ll demonstrate his value to you as you begin a search for tile and flooring.
Q&A with TONY BRAY – Manager
An easy-going, big-hearted, people person…Tony lives with his wisdom from his Dad close to heart.
“My father told me when I was about 16 that it didn’t matter what I did in life but to just be the best at whatever I did and he would be proud of me. That has always stuck with me to give everything my all.”
Tony’s work ethic and hard-working nature are pure. Whether it came from his Dad’s wise words or from his Detroit background, it’s hard to ignore Tony’s authenticity for always giving everything his all.
We recruited Tony to be our Manager at Brunswick Tile and Flooring for this reason. We offer customers a better way to buy tile and flooring and it starts with giving you… our all.
Outworking his peers isn’t the only trait that sets him apart, Tony demonstrates his value to customers with his product knowledge.
In managing multiple departments at a big-box retailer, Tony learned the pros and cons of 1000s of products on the store shelves. His product knowledge has given him the expertise to help you compare your favorite selections, beyond the color and price, with information on each selection’s pros and cons.
This product knowledge and his accountability to customers are the traits that led to his rapid promotion in management at a big-box DIY home improvement retailer in the area. His individual brand and reputation were so well-known that his name was at the top of our list when we begin looking for the right person to service our customers.
The Brunswick County resident
When Tony isn’t hard at work providing for his family, you are sure to find him spending time relaxing with them. This family man grew up with all of his relatives on the same street in Michigan so he understood the importance of moving south when his wife told him she wanted to be close to hers in Brunswick County as they were raising their own family.
As Brunswick County became home for Tony, his favorite spots in the area grew. Whether it’s playing basketball at Town Creek Park, visiting Downtown Southport to eat at the Frying Pan, or heading to the watering hole in Leland Locals, you are sure to Tony and his family out and about.
Favorite Paint Color
What Makes You Laugh?
Where’s the best place to buy the thing you didn’t know you needed in Brunswick County?
“Wherever my wife decides to take me for that thing I didn’t know I needed until she told me we did! Lol. 😉 😊 “
Every home needs...
“A quiet spot.”
Beyond the Color and Price
An Apples to Apples Comparison
Colors and price are easy ways to select flooring and tile but, Tony, a flooring and tile expert, can help you understand if you are comparing apples to apples.
The Right Material for Your Project
Tony’s value to customers is product knowledge.
With thousands of different products and styles available, Tony can hand-pick products for both tile and flooring that can help you achieve your style and vision while making sure that you’re getting the right material for your project.
A Project to be Proud Of
“People don’t just go around changing their space every couple of years so it’s nice to know that people are proud of what we have designed together. I have had people come in and tell me that they have had family come and see their new kitchen or living room floor and just rave about how beautiful it is. They are so proud of their home and it’s cool that I helped them accomplish that.”
The experience you have throughout a project with Brunswick Tile and Flooring is important to Tony. He wants to ensure the experience you have is a good one so that it’s a project everyone can be proud of.
“I give every customer my full attention. I want every job to be perfect for our customers so I take the time to make sure every detail is what they want. ”
Tony’s goal with customers is transparency, efficiency, and easy collaboration. If you are considering flooring, we hope that you’ll consider kicking off your project with Tony and us!
What flooring is trending in the area for beach homes?
“Luxury Vinyl Plank, it’s durable and waterproof!”
What's an important question a homeowner should ask themselves when thinking about replacing their backsplash?
“Will my new backslash go with my current kitchen design and look?”
Describe a Favorite Style of Backsplash for Kitchens
“I really like mosaic tiles for backsplashes. You can get some really nice, creative looks.”
What's an important question a homeowner should ask themselves when thinking about replacing their floors?
“How long do you want your new floors to last? There are a lot of cheap products available in the market but they will not last a long time due to the quality of the product’s construction.”
What is your best advice for someone who is tackling a tile or flooring remodel on their own?
“Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Don’t cut corners!”
Top Picks by Tony
Brunswick Tile and Flooring offers collections of products designed for coastal living and the Manager’s Choice is monthly series to spotlight Tony’s top picks to consider as you begin your tile and flooring search.
To get more inspiration, you can also explore our Collections of Product on our Products page.
Manager’s Choice Pick: February 2021
Maverick by Happy Feet International – Tony chose Maverick from Happy Feet International for his February 2021 pick.
The luxury vinyl plank is 7″ x 48″ with a 20 mil wear layer and 5.7 mm in overall thickness. It’s a durable option that Happy Feet International touts is perfect for kids, pets, and coastal areas due to its waterproof and antimicrobial benefits. It is even great for second floors with an attached acoustical cushion. This selection, however, is Tony’s choice for another reason. The color selections for this collection are amazing. With 5 styles to choose from, he believes European Oak, Foxwood, and Asheville are standouts for the Coastal Trends this year.
Manager’s Choice Pick: January 2021
Malibu & Manhattan by Happy Feet International – Tony chose the Malibu and Manhattan pairing from Happy Feet International for his January 2021 pick.
This pairing from Happy Feet International offers a seamless transition between a tile and wood look. Both flooring products flow together without having to use transitions and they both have a 28 mil wear layer for ultimate durability. This selection is a perfect option for someone interested in a marble look for a bathroom or kitchen with a seamless transition into a wood-look for the bedroom and rest of the home.
Manager’s Choice Pick: December 2020
Berkeley Collection by Chesapeake Flooring Ceramic – Tony chose the Berkeley collection from Chesapeake Flooring for his December 2020 pick.
The Berkeley Collection from Chesapeake Flooring is a glazed porcelain tile collection designed for both indoor and outdoor usage. This product is a perfect option for someone interested in wood-look tile for an exterior patio or anywhere inside the home.
Manager’s Choice Pick: November 2020
Pottery Collection by Chesapeake Flooring Ceramic – Tony chose the Pottery collection from Chesapeake Flooring for his November 2020 pick.
The Pottery Collection from Chesapeake Flooring is a wall tile collection with shades of white, grey and blue. This product is a great option for someone interested in a larger or standard size subway tile for a beautiful, coastal-looking backsplash. Its hammered textured detail and rectangular shape make the glazed ceramic tile a great option for someone that is also looking to incorporate a decorative band. This collection currently offers 6 color choices: white, biscuit, tender gray, aqua, taupe and blue steel.
Manager’s Choice Pick: October 2020
Stone Elegance by Happy Feet International – Tony chose the Stone Elegance collection from Happy Feet International for his October 2020 pick.
The Stone Elegance Collection from Happy Feet International is a luxury vinyl plank flooring that is 6.2 mm thick with an attached pad and a 20 mil wear layer. It is perfect for coastal living due to its durability, water-resistance, and scratch resistance. This collection currently offers 8 on-trend color choices.
Are you ready to pick your Top Pick?
Manager Tony Is Ready to Help You Kickstart Your Project.