#145 Billy Ray Harris and Thom Filicia
Today’s roster includes Billy Ray Harris, the homeless man with morals of diamond, and Thom Filicia, the interior designer with glasses of alcohol.
Billy Ray Harris was a panhandler in Kansas City who happened upon a diamond ring which was accidentally dropped into his beggar’s cup. After a jeweler told him it was in fact real, he tracked down the owner and returned it. He subsequently found himself reunited with his sister (and several “cousins”) and dozens of thousands of dollars richer courtesy of donations.
Interior designer Thom Filicia is founder and Chief Creative Officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Since launching the acclaimed enterprise in 1998, Filicia’s New-American Style has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients in the worlds of entertainment, finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic which reflects the individuality of his clients. Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Additionally, Filicia has been featured in The New York Times, People, In Style, Vogue Home, O, USA Today and many other national and international publications.