New Faces Add Depth to Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Leadership
Carpet recycling and diversion is a growth industry in the U.S., as evidenced by the increase in diversion that occurred in 2009 – up 6% to 331 million pounds of post-consumer carpet recycled and kept out of the nation’s landfills – much of it because of the efforts of the organization that is committed to finding market-based solutions for carpet reuse and recycling – the Carpet America Recovery Effort, or CARE. (See CARE related blog posts)
The CARE Board of Directors grew as well, with the addition of four new members. I thought CRI blog readers would be interested in knowing who they are, and what they bring to the leadership of CARE.
Vann Brown - Mohawk Industries
As Vice President of Innovation & Technology at Mohawk Industries, Vann leads the company's research & development, environmental services, and sustainability efforts developing advanced/emerging technologies and concepts for flooring applications that deliver tangible, environmentally responsible, market-focused products to add value to the business and to encourage continued growth.
Vann has over 20 years experience in research management with multi-national, technology-based durable goods companies. Prior to his present position, he was the global carpet business manager for Shell Chemicals, moving PTT (Triexta) polymer into a leading position for carpet applications, and he pioneered the product applications and business development activities to commercialize bio-based Polylactic Acid (PLA) polymers at NatureWorks.
Larry Cook - Beaulieu Group
Director of Manufacturing Initiatives, Larry has been with Beaulieu Group LLC since August 1999. Currently, Larry oversees yarn, backing and carpet manufacturing with a focus on process improvement, cost reduction and elimination of waste. During the last six years, Larry has been instrumental in initiating many of the recycling initiatives at Beaulieu, while reducing waste numbers and increasing yields. In addition, Larry is involved in Accounting, I.S., Planning, Engineering, and Quality Assurance for Beaulieu, working to improve processes and standardize operations.
Larry graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. During his Navy career he served on nuclear submarines and as a field officer in Aviation Supply and Logistics. Larry currently serves as the CRI Chair for the Government Issues Committee (GIC) and Vice Chair for the Sustainability Issues Management Team (SIMT).
Glen Hussmann - Tandus Flooring Inc.
Glen Hussmann is President and CEO of Tandus Flooring, Inc., where he reports directly to the board and works with the Tandus leadership team to achieve the company's strategic growth initiatives.
He recently earned LEED AP accreditation from the US Green Building Council.
Prior to joining Tandus in 2007, Mr. Hussmann was the President, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Reeves Brothers Inc., a global producer of specialty-coated fabric products. In addition, Mr. Hussmann has held various leadership positions during an 18-year career in the Plastics division of General Electric.
Tom Pendley - J&J Industries
Tom serves as Vice President of Product and Finance for J&J Industries. He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt.
Previously employed by SunTrust Bank in Nashville, Tennessee and Chase Securities Inc. in Houston Texas, Tom joined J&J Industries, Inc. in July of 1998 as a Management Trainee. Since that time he has worked as a Special Projects Manager, Director of Carpet Manufacturing, Senior Director of Operations and, most recently, Vice President of Product and Finance.
I am excited that CARE has such fantastic new board members. To see the rest of the CARE board, read the latest CARE newsletter, and review the presentations from CARE’s 2010 Annual Meeting, click on this link to the May 2010 CARE newsletter.