HMTX CEO Harlan Stone Receives Community Leader Award at The Maritime Aquarium Fundraising Gala

Norwalk, CT, Nov. 14, 2023 – With sustainability and conservation at the forefront of its Seas the Night Gala on Nov. 2, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk raised over $400,000 in support of its live exhibits, award-winning education programs, and conservation efforts benefiting the Long Island Sound. HMTX Industries CEO Harlan Stone was honored with the organization’s Community Leader Award for his philanthropic efforts to help provide housing, food, education and healthcare to underserved communities locally and globally. HMTX hosted the event, attended by over 100 guests, in the company’s world headquarters (known as “the House Up On The Hill”) in Norwalk, CT.

In introducing Harlan Stone as this year’s Community Leader, Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, said in a video tribute, “You are such a hope builder, and I am so grateful not only for your expertise and wisdom, but also for the joy and heart you bring as well. You lead by example, you lead by service, and we are also grateful for the example you set for all of us.”

HMTX Senior Director, Community Engagement Rick Taylor accepted the award on behalf of Stone, who was unable to attend the gala. Taylor also bestowed a $5,000 grant to The Maritime Aquarium which HMTX received from the Aquarion Water Company as its 2023 Environmental Champion to donate to an environmental nonprofit organization of HMTX’s choice.

HMTX Senior Director, Community Engagement Rick Taylor.


The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT, inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. The aquarium is home to over 7,000 animals of hundreds of species including seals, sharks, rays, jellies, turtles and meerkats. Additionally, it offers sensory-enhanced 4D movies, in-person and virtual education programs for schools and families, and public cruises aboard its hybrid-electric research vessel. The Maritime Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and receives support from the State of Connecticut DECD’s Offices of Culture and Tourism. For more information, visit


Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, HMTX Industries is a global flooring company serving a diverse cross section of the construction and renovation marketplaces. The HMTX family of companies includes four subsidiaries. Halstead™ is the leading supplier of resilient flooring to the home center market. Metroflor™ is its signature residential brand in North America. HMTX Commercial markets the Teknoflor™ and Aspecta™ commercial brands to designers and architects in North America; and HMTX Global serves the residential and commercial sectors worldwide through diverse channel partners focused on Aspecta™, Allure™, and OEM-private label brands.

As a global leader in sustainable practices, HMTX sets industry standards for quality and performance as well as superior product design. Its manufacturing processes, workplaces and product ingredients all reflect a significant dedication to sustainability, transparency, and societal impact. HMTX has received numerous accolades for innovation, supply chain performance, online excellence, and customer partnership.

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Susan Bang
HMTX Industries