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MARCH 2018

2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee: Dan Hendrix

Dan Hendrix HOF

Dan Hendrix (ACG '77)
Chairman, President and CEO (Ret.)
Interface Inc.

Dan Hendrix served as president and CEO of Interface Inc., a $1 billion, global manufacturer of modular commercial and residential carpet and broadloom carpet from 2001 to 2017, when he retired. Under his leadership, Interface helped to create a viable global market for modular carpet – a segment of the market once considered no more than a niche business. He remains chairman of the Board of Directors for Interface.

Hendrix extended the company’s reach in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The company has plants in China, Thailand, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia and the United States. It has sales in more than 110 countries, and has introduced the modular carpet concept to emerging markets in China, Central America, Latin America, India, Africa and the Middle East.

Hendrix also led Interface’s strategic diversification beyond its core corporate office market and into new segments with high-growth potential – education, hospitality, healthcare, retail and institutional spaces.

While Hendrix made it his mission to ensure Interface was a high-performing company, he also wanted it to be a great place to work and a good steward of our environment and natural resources. The company’s “Mission Zero” aims to eliminate any negative environmental footprint by the year 2020.

Hendrix joined Interface, Inc. in 1983 and rose to become chief financial officer in 1985. In 1989, he was identified as the youngest CFO at a Fortune 500 company. Working as CFO, Hendrix led Interface in a series of acquisitions, ranging in size from $2 million to $150 million. Several of these acquisitions nearly doubled the company in size, including the 1988 acquisition of the then-largest carpet tile manufacturer in the world, Holland-based Heuga.

Hendrix served on the college’s Board of Governors for four years and has been a generous financial supporter of the college and the university. He also has served as a Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker at the college. His family also has strong ties to FSU and the business school. Both his wife, Elizabeth Vickers Hendrix, and son John graduated with finance degrees in 1979 and 2009 respectively. His brother, Robert "Bobby" Hendrix, earned his accounting degree from FSU in 1976. Hendrix is a member of the Seminole Booster Board and a Platinum Chief.

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