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Dan Hendrix
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: TILE)

Dan Hendrix has been president and CEO of Interface, Inc., a $1 billion, global manufacturer of modular commercial and residential carpet and broadloom carpet, for 13 years. Under his leadership, Interface helped create a viable market for modular carpet globally, a business that once was considered no more than a niche business. The company now leads with a 35 percent share of the market globally.

Dan’s mission is to ensure that each of the Interface business regions is a highperforming asset, a great place to work and a good environmental steward focused on the company’s Mission Zero goal to eliminate any negative environmental footprint by the year 2020. Dan was appointed Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors in October 2011, succeeding Interface Founder and Chairman Ray C. Anderson.

Rob Boogaard
President & CEO for Interface Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Senior Vice President of Interface, Inc.

As President & CEO, Rob is responsible for setting and leading the growth strategy for Interface throughout the EMEA region in which the company has two production locations. He is an ambassador for corporate responsibility and sustainability, carrying on the Interface vision to become one of the first sustainable and then restorative company in the world (“Mission Zero”). To date, Interface EMEA has reduced its carbon footprint by 90% since 1996. Rob is a member of the Prince of Wales’ EU Corporate Leaders Group. He has represented the Interface approach and business case for radical sustainability across Europe, with presentations to the European Commission, Parliament, and various European political leaders. The Netherlands Green Building Council recently placed Rob among the top 25 most sustainable and innovative game changers of the Netherlands.

Prior to joining Interface, Rob was the Director of Global Strategy, Marketing and Commercial Services at Norit X-Flow (since acquired by Pentair). The company produces membrane filtration technology for various municipal and industrial water applications. Rob played an integral role in guiding the company through a period of rapid growth in both sales and manufacturing capacity, ultimately positioning it as a global leader in its field.

A native of the Netherlands, Rob previously spent 18 years working and living abroad. He started his career in the United States, where he joined Steelcase Inc, a global leader in the office furniture industry. Rob later moved to France, to work for the company’s European headquarters, before returning to the U.S. There he became a leader of a Steelcase startup company that develops and manufactures interactive communications technologies and led the company’s global expansion.

Rob and his wife, Melissa, have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys attending his children’s sports games. He also has a passion for music and loves to organize concerts and festivals. Rob is a founding Board Member of the How Far Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. This non-profit humanitarian aid agency provides education, combats starvation and malnutrition, and prevents suffering from water-related diseases by providing sources of clean drinking water in East Africa.

John Bradford
Chief Innovations Officer

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
Chief Design Officer
Interface, Inc.

Chip DeGrace is the creative force behind the Interface and FLOR brands, serving as the corporate design conscience. As Chief Design Officer, Chip oversees creative decisions related to Interface’s global brand, and ensures that the quality of design participation inside and outside the company is as deliberate as it is inspiring.

Chip has held a number of senior management positions involving Interface’s creative design and brand, most recently as Executive Creative Director since 2012. Prior to that he was Vice President Creative for Interface’s consumer brand, FLOR. 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nigel Stansfield
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Interface, Inc.

As Chief Innovations Officer, Nigel has global responsibility for developing and implementing Interface’s strategy to have a more open and collaborative approach to innovation, which Interface calls Co- innovation. With over 25 years’ experience as a textile technologist, Nigel is an expert in yarn, carpet and fabric manufacture. He has been instrumental in developing Net-Works, a unique global business and conservation partnership between Interface and the conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Net-Works aims to tackle the growing global environmental problem of discarded fishing nets while providing socio-economic benefits in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities and improving Interface’s business.

Pieter van der Toorn
Senior Vice President, Sales

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.