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MSE Special Seminar: “From sustainable Flooring to Sustainable Business: What you Don’t Learn in School”
November 18, 2022 at 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
In this open conversation, he will share his experience as a glass-ceiling breaking executive who has successfully built the HMTX from a small retailer to a business of $800M revenue focusing on Manufacturing Efficiency, Durability, and Sustainability.
Chief Executive Officer, HMTX Industries
Harlan Stone (C’80) is CEO of HMTX Industries LLC, a global leader in the flooring industry with specific focus on innovative solutions for business and homeowners across all segments of the market. Mr. Stone has a special combination of hindsight accumulated over four generations of a family-run business, and foresight that has earned him a reputation as a transformational industry leader.
When he joined the company over forty years ago, sales were less than one million dollars a month. Today, this portfolio of companies brings in nearly $75 million in sales every month. Despite the challenges of running one of the largest LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) enterprises in the world, Mr. Stone is steadfast in his advocacy of social justice, sustainability, and transparency.
In 2018, The Business Intelligence Group named him a Sustainability Hero in their Sustainability Awards program. Recognized as an industry leader, he spearheaded the development of the Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA). Since merging with the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), he serves on the Board of Directors and he chairs the Multilayer Flooring Advisory Committee (MFAC).
Mr. Stone serves on the National Board of Directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation, where he chairs the Communications Committee. He also chairs the Asia Pacific Development Council for Habitat for Humanity.
At Penn, Mr. Stone is on the Board of Advisors of Penn Engineering, where he also chairs the Academic Life Committee and the Technical Advisory Board. He also serves on the Innovation Advisory Council for the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine. Mr. Stone has been a generous supporter of Penn Engineering, especially its new Data Science building, as well as Penn Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center.