***We congratulate Nick Barreiro, our 2017 Hispanic Male Entrepreneur Award honoree!***
Nick Barreiro is the Co-Founder and Chief Tile Scout of Clay Imports, an independently owned Austin-based company that specializes in the design, production, and distribution of handcrafted tile.
While developing Clay Imports and searching the world for skilled tile artisans, Nick became increasingly involved in the Sister Cities International Program. He focuses on supporting the Austin-Saltillo Sister City's effort toward US-Mexico citizen diplomacy. His commercial endeavors, combined with his international social interests, led to the idea of Glocal Tile Productions.
Glocal Tile Productions pairs designers from strong consumer communities with tile artisans from around the world: global crafters meet local designer. Through the process of connecting designers and crafters internationally, Glocal Tile Productions not only contributes to the creation of innovative tile-works, it also promotes learning, understanding & friendship between people, communities, and countries.
Nick is in the process of developing a tile making class that will provide designers with access to studio space in Mexico, Turkey, and Morocco.