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San Antonio-based Materials Marketing™ announces the strategic acquisition of Portland-based Design and Direct Source (DDS) to its ever-growing family of companies.

Founded in 2007 and operated by the well-known industry icon, Ann Sacks, DDS under Ann’s leadership sells and markets to hospitality and commercial projects around the country, working directly with architects and interior designers in all major U.S. cities.

Their product selection is wide and varied with ceramic tile, natural stone and porcelain from manufacturers all over the world. Ann’s long-term personal involvement and relationships with every supplier, blended with her unbridled creativity creates exciting product at tremendous value.

Materials Marketing manufactures unique architectural and stone products in its own North American-based production facilities and has an immaculately curated selection of ceramic, marble and metal products from the best producers in Asia and Europe. With their corporate office in San Antonio, they service the high-end residential market with 10 showrooms across the U.S. under the name of Materials Marketing. A.J. Brauer in central Texas, also a Materials Marketing company, services the exterior natural stone market for landscape, pool and façades.

“Ann is a trailblazer in this industry, with more than 30 years of experience, and we are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to work with her, outfitting the needs of commercial and residential developers and design professionals,” said Jim Rymer, chief executive officer for Materials Marketing. “DDS has a proven track record of creating and offering quality products through an outstanding business model and key vendor relationships, and I believe this partnership will continue to achieve tangible growth in the future.”

“Together with Materials Marketing, we’re helping tell a story, ignite the senses and connect people to a creative vision and purpose through the materials we supply,” said Ann Sacks, president of Design and Direct Source. “We’re elevating the stage for an array of possibilities with new products and service offerings to improve our manufacturing capabilities for years to come.