Eric Nelson, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Interface Americas
Eric Nelson rejoined Interface in 2006 as Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and took over a new and important business for Interface called ReEntry 2.0—Interface’s closed loop process that recycles carpet yarn and backing. Interface has developed technology to harvest the valuable materials from old carpet and re-inserts them back into its new products, thus “closing the loop” in the production process. ReEntry 2.0 is a large and important step towards Interface’s Mission Zero, or the company’s promise to eliminate any negative impact on the environment by 2020. Mr. Nelson also serves the industry as a member of the CARE Board of Directors and sits on the CA Stewardship Planning Committee that oversees the implementation of the California product stewardship program. He also serves on the recently created multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee in CA, and is a member of the NSF-140 Joint-Committee, which maintains the industry’s sustainability product standard. Mr. Nelson was voted CARE’s person of the year in 2010. He has 27 years of experience in the fibers and carpet manufacturing industries. He joined Interface Americas from Solutia, Inc., where he served as Director of Sales for Carpet Fibers for eight years. Prior to that, Mr. Nelson served as Director of Product Development from 1995 to 1998 with Interface subsidiary Prince Street Technologies in Cartersville, GA, and started his career with Shaw Industries in 1991 in commercial product development. Mr. Nelson earned a bachelor‘s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991.