THE ROHL STORY: A FAMILY TRADITION
Founded in 1983 and anchored in a tradition of family values, trust, integrity and innovation, the Rohls possess a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and passion for servicing customers that extends throughout the organization. Strength comes from the synergy of family and friendship in partnership with suppliers and customers.
Like any business leader, Ken Rohl started with a vision—and his timing was perfect. He was the first to identify a unique opportunity for a new product innovation: the pull-out kitchen faucet. This design concept has changed the U.S. kitchen faucet business forever. With a true entrepreneurial spirit Ken worked tirelessly selling faucets from both a converted bedroom office and the trunk of his car. As sales rapidly grew he realized that he needed help.
A Family Affair
Sensing the possibilities, Ken's middle son, Lou, quickly jumped on board. In the beginning Lou was dispatched to Europe to forge closer alliances with the firm's suppliers. After returning to California he contributed to every aspect of the small business from accounting to shipping. He later established the Western Regional Sales Division and relocated to San Francisco. Today Lou is CEO/Managing Partner based at the Irvine headquarters.
Ken's oldest son, Mark, began his career in hospitality sales with Marriott Hotels but soon joined his father and brother in the early stages of the company's growth. The key metro markets in the Northeast were ripe with opportunity for national expansion and so, after countless cross-country flights, Mark created a permanent Eastern presence by opening an office in the New York metro area. Today Mark is the President of the Eastern Division based in the New York metro area.
Ken's youngest son, Greg, joined the company in its tenth year bringing with him plumbing related retail and marketing experience. Greg also participated in product development and the introduction of new design concepts to the market. Today Greg is the President of the Western Division.
In addition to opening a warehouse location for the East Coast, ROHL opened its first international office in Milan, Italy in 2004 where Paola Manini works as liaison with its Continental European manufacturers.
Luxury Product Philosophy
The ROHL product offering continues to grow beyond the original pull-out faucet. It now includes a wide range of exceptional quality, classically differentiated faucets and fixtures. Sourced from Western Europe, New Zealand and North America, each is crafted to ROHL's exacting specifications and uniquely tailored for the American home, hotel or resort.
From day one, ROHL has maintained a philosophy of selective distribution. ROHL products are found in fine kitchen and bath showrooms nationwide. These retail environments provide a space to experience the product. Professional consultants are also available to help guide your selection of the most appropriate faucets and fixtures.