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Dan Hendrix
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Interface, Inc.

Appointed in July 2001 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Interface, Inc., Dan is committed to ensuring that each Interface business unit is a high-performing asset that provides a positive and meaningful environment for its employees and strives toward sustainability in all dimensions - people, product, place, process and profits. Drawing upon his financial background, Dan is credited with leading Interface’s financial turnaround from 2001 - reducing the company’s overall debt, increasing profitability, focusing on the company’s core modular business, and increasing Interface’s global market share.

Steve Arbaugh
Vice President Creative Strategy & Planning
Interface Americas

A veteran of brand strategy, planning & Marketing, Steve currently serves as Vice President Creative Strategy & Planning which includes the oversee of Research & Data, Business Mapping and Creative Team Infrastructure plus Concepting.

During the past ten years Steve also served as Vice President Brand Marketing, Alignment & Experience for Interface, Bentley Prince Street [Commercial] & FLOR [Consumer] and as Vice President Marketing & Strategic Alliances for FLOR.

Prior to joining Interface Steve spent five years co-directing Interface’s investor relations, marketing and communications initiatives via an outside agency of record.

In addition, Steve has approximately 17 years of b2b, b2c and corporate social equity experience leading brand strategy, marketing, communications and licensing as well as sales and business development for Fortune 100-500 Companies including IBM, Ameritech, Steelcase Turnstone, Landscape Forms, Brunswick, Cingular Wireless, Blue Meteor, Weber, McDonalds, Kraft Foods, Rollerblade and Incapital among others.

George Bandy
Vice President of Sustainability Interface, and Chairman United States Green Building Council

George Bandy, Jr. currently serves as the Vice President of Sustainability Interface, and Chairman United States Green Building Council, concentrating on global relationships. George is a member of Interface’s Americas Sustainability Council, focusing on advancing Mission Zero, Interface’s promise to eliminate any negative impact on the environment by 2020. In addition to his duties at Interface, George also serves on the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors as Chair-Elect.

John Bradford
Chief Innovations Officer
Interface

As Chief Innovations Officer for Interface, John oversees all manufacturing operations and processes for Interface, as well as for the overall R&D efforts for the company. John joined Interface in 1997 and has held a number of key positions in manufacturing and technology and development, including operational responsibilities. This experience gives him a unique knowledge foundation and perspective for addressing a variety of audiences. He is passionate about looking at products and processes from an entire life cycle impact on the environment.

Mikhail Davis
Director of Restorative Enterprise
Interface, Inc.

Mikhail Davis is Director of Restorative Enterprise at Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet. He is responsible for building partnerships and strategies that shift the marketplace toward sustainability and support the company’s efforts to become a restorative enterprise. He leads Interface’s product transparency efforts in the US and is lead author and editor of the Radical Industrialists column at GreenBiz.com. An expert in sustainable materials and NGO collaborations, he represents Interface in many organizations focused on closed-loop production, recycling, and chemicals of concern, including serving as Co-Chair of the Materials Working Group of BizNGO and a Core Committee member of the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative's Manufacturer Advisory Panel (MAP), and Program Advisor to the Next Generation Bio-based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit.

He has over 15 years of experience as a strategic advisor, analyst, designer, and manager for sustainability programs in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. His previous work includes three years as manager to environmental icon David Brower (an original member of Interface's "Eco Dream Team") and five years with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting building sustainable business strategies and tools for Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Sony Pictures, Bunge, Staples, and Waste Management. He holds a B.S. in Earth Systems-Biosphere from Stanford University and is a certified Biomimicry Specialist.

Chip DeGrace
Executive Creative Director
Interface, Inc.

Chip DeGrace is the creative force behind the Interface and FLOR brands, serving as the corporate design conscience. He ensures the quality of design participation inside and outside the company is as deliberate as it is inspiring. He brings to the role more than a decade of experience as the Senior Vice President Creative for Interface’s consumer brand, FLOR, a role he continues to serve. Before becoming part of the team that launched FLOR in 2003, Chip served as Vice President of Creative Strategies and Director of Brand Management for the Interface commercial brand. He previously worked as a commercial interior designer for the Chicago based firms The Environments Group and ISD.

Chip has a BFA from Northern Illinois University. He served as Industry Representative on the National Board of Directors of The ASID from 2004 – 2006. He was elected as an honorary Fellow for his work. He splits his time between Northern Michigan and the Chicago area with his wife Cynthia and their three sons.

Nadine Gudz
Director, Sustainability Strategy
Interface Canada, Inc.

As Director, Sustainability Strategy, Nadine is responsible for strategically leveraging and expanding Interface’s environment and sustainability leadership position in order to help increase visibility of the company’s Mission Zero™ vision through communication, education and community engagement.

Lindsay James
Vice President of Restorative Enterprise
Interface

Lindsay James is the Vice President of Restorative Enterprise for Interface, the global sustainability leader and the world's largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile (NASDAQ: TILE). She is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and serves as the biomimicry expert for Interface, where she expands Interface's thought leadership and sustainability vision, aligns the company's initiatives with this vision, and creates opportunities to engage Interface associates in the sustainability journey. She works to integrate biomimicry into Interface's sustainability vision and actions and discover a path for business to become restorative.

Lindsay is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Recently, she completed the Biomimicry Professional Certificate Program, a master’s level educational program facilitated by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. She also attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree, where she completed a BA in both Economics and Biology. Lindsay’s professional experience includes economic consulting with Analysis Group and environmental economics research with RTI International.

John Anderson Lanier
Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation

John A. Lanier is Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011).

In May 2013, Lanier made a bold and exciting career move, leaving a successful career with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP to assume his current role at the helm of the foundation that bears his grandfather’s name and legacy. Ray Anderson was a globally recognized industrialist and pioneer for environmentalism, and Lanier continues his legacy today through Foundation programs that seek to create a brighter, more sustainable world by funding innovative, educational, and project-based initiatives.

Amy Lukken
Vice President of Cultural Development and Learning
Interface

As Vice President of Cultural Development and Learning for Interface, Amy's responsibilities include researching and analyzing industry data and trends for the company’s sales force and senior management. In addition, her public speaking role falls under Interface’s Social Sustainability mission, which allows Amy to give back to communities and organizations by sharing her invaluable market research.

Erin Meezan 
Vice President, Sustainability
Interface, Inc.

In 1994, modular carpetmaker Interface shifted the vision and focus of its manufacturing to becoming a sustainable and ultimately restorative enterprise. This transformational shift changed the companies processes, products, but also its people. A by product of the new thinking that this sustainability focus ushered in was a new way of doing business, a changed culture that took hold in all levels of the company from management teams to factory employees. Interface has acknowledged the importance of this unique culture of sustainability in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees.

As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels– from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility and others. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Masters Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.

Gail A. Nash
Vice President Healthcare Strategy
Interface

Vice President of Healthcare Strategy for Interface since Oct. 2002, Gail is responsible for defining the opportunities in the Americas in both acute care and senior living. She develops the strategies for product, marketing, research and sales efforts. Gail works closely with our customers, Account Executives, Marketing, Interface Research Corp., Interface Australia and the Architectural and Design community to assure that we are addressing their flooring needs from both a performance and esthetic basis. The Interface Healthcare Segment is closely aligned with Interface Research Corp. to explore those areas of a hospitals or senior facility that are impacted by flooring safety; defining the appropriate application of our modules in each facility type. Since 2002 we have researched mobility, acoustics, ergonomics and sub-surfaces that reduce the risk of injury from falls, as well as fall alert systems.

Gail served as Chairperson of the Advisory Council for AAHID (American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers) from June 2004 to February 2006.

Gail was Senior Account Executive for Interface in North Texas, joining the company in July of 1987. She was chosen Sales Person of the Year in 1999 and held the Top Volume Sales positions in 1997 and 1998. Previous to joining Interface in 1987, Gail spent 18 years as an Interior Designer focused on corporate and healthcare interiors.

Eric Nelson
Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Interface Americas

As Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Interface Americas, Eric is leading Interface’s efforts to maintain strong relationships with critical suppliers, as well as seek strategic potential suppliers both within and outside of our industry. In 2007, Eric took over a new and important business for Interface called ReEntry 2.0, Interface’s closed-loop process that recycles all types of carpet yarn and carpet backing and remakes them into beautiful products. As part of this process, Eric works closely with Interface’s vendors (such as Universal Fibers) to understand and fulfill their strategic business needs and to see how their services may be aligned into this new business model.

David Oakey
Lead Product Designer for Interface
Founder, David Oakey Designs

David Oakey is quietly, patiently passionate about what he does and what he stands for. Nature-based design principles, known as “biomimicry,” are fast becoming mainstream –in part because of David’s work. But when David first encountered these ideas in the 1990's, the notion of seeking design concepts from nature was considered “out there,” practiced primarily on the eco-fringe of the design world.

In the late 1990's, David – already a successful textiles designer – was influenced by two significant events. First, Ray Anderson of Interface, with whom David had just signed a three-year design contract, stated that Interface would become a sustainable company. Second, David read Janine Benyus’s book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. These two events changed his approach to design - and ultimately changed his entire business model and his life. Since then, he’s become one of the foremost advocates of biomimicry and sustainable design, leading global efforts to educate, inspire, and inform everyone from architects to business leaders around the world.

Claude Ouimet
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Interface Canada and Latin America

Claude is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Interface in Canada and Latin America. Claude’s 25-year career with Interface and extensive knowledge of manufacturing, sales and marketing, gives him a unique perspective for integrating sustainability throughout the Interface corporate culture. He brings his passion for environmentally sound practices to sales strategies and marketing concepts that reflect the company's eco mission. In April of 2007, Claude became certified as a ‘Climate Project’ presenter, allowing him to share Mr. Al Gore’s powerful and inspirational message. From 2007 til 2010, Claude was a member of Grupo Santander's Sustainability Consultative Board (the largest and most influential bank in Brazil), when Mr. Fabio Barbosa was President. In that role, Claude had the opportunity to share experiences with other board members and to demonstrate how the principles of sustainable development can be applied in day-to-day business activities. In July, 2009, Claude joined the National Business Advisory Council of the David Suzuki Foundation. The DSF mission is: "To protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future". In February, 2010, Claude accepted an invitation to join The Natural Step Canada Board of Directors. The objective of TNS is to "help communities and businesses take meaningful steps toward sustainability". Since 2007, Claude has delivered more than 200 sustainability related presentations.

John Picard
Consultant to Interface, Inc. and Dream Team Member

 

 

 

Tim Riordan
Vice President, Supply Chain
Interface, Inc.

As Vice President of Supply Chain for Interface, Tim is responsible for leading Interface's global supply chain improvement initiatives focused on: (1) improving overall working capital performance, (2) reducing total costs, and (3) advancing sustainability within the supply base. Tim is also responsible for leading Interface's Resource Efficient Transportation Team and managing Interface's global real estate portfolio.

Jeff Roman
Vice President, Information Services
Interface, Inc.

As Vice President of Information Services and Business Development for Interface, Inc., Jeff has overall responsibility for the company's information technologies and the business process teams that work with the Americas divisions. Jeff’s unique background in technology and manufacturing position him well to help audiences across a variety of industries, as well as the academic sector understand how to leverage technology to maximize production and efficiency and to reach employees located in numerous locations around the world.

Pieter van der Toorn
Senior Vice President, Sales
Interface

As Senior Vice President of Sales for Interface, Pieter oversees sales operations and account representatives in eight regions of the United States. Pieter has served in a number of leadership marketing and sales positions with Interface since 1987. Pieter speaks to a number of customer groups, trade associations, and corporate teams each year on sales strategies and managing and servicing global accounts, including leveraging purchasing power and product offerings around the world. He also talks about Interface’s strengths-based culture as it relates to recruitment and training of a world-class sales force.

Miriam Turner
Assistant Vice President Co-innovation,
Interface Inc

Miriam Turner is AVP Co-innovation for Interface Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of environmentally responsible modular floor coverings.

Co-innovation is all about working together in partnership across regions, functions and sectors. In this role Miriam is responsible for driving Interface’s global growth and Mission Zero strategies through collaborative global innovation. She leads Interface’s global ideation processes, runs the global Co-innovation network and brokers relationships with external organisations and networks to develop and successfully commercialise innovative, sustainable products and services; either within the business or through licensing and spin outs.

After reading Biological Sciences at Edinburgh University, Miriam went on to complete an MProf in Leadership for Sustainable Development, run by Forum for the Future, the leading sustainability organisation in the UK. She also holds a MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and was a finalist in their 2010 Business Plan Competition.

She has lived and worked in Spain, India, Paraguay, Mexico and Ecuador and is now based in the UK. When not pursuing sustainable innovation, Miriam is likely to be found either doing yoga or practising hula hoop tricks.

Melissa Vernon
Director of Sustainable Strategy
Interface

Melissa is responsible for maximizing business opportunities for Interface by strategically leveraging Interface’s leadership in sustainable development. She works closely with technical, marketing, and sales to develop strategies, programs, and tools for account executives, which enable them to educate their customers about sustainability. She also researches and addresses trends and opportunities in the green product market and is passionate about encouraging sustainable practices, both in the workplace and at home.

John Wells
President and CEO
Interface Americas

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Interface Americas, John has overall responsibility for Interface’s business units in the Americas, including Interface Services, FLOR, and Interface in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Since joining Interface as Vice President of Sales for Interface in 1994, John has held a number of senior leadership roles in sales and management. As part of Interface’s sustainability journey, John has put in place programs and metrics to help Interface companies achieve their sustainability mission and goals in three parts – financial, environmental and social.