Flooring Interviews

A news and interviews program, our news coverage focuses on the players and events from all segments of the industry including; suppliers, manufacturers distributors and members of the retail community.

Michel Giannuzzi Discusses Tarkett's Growth Under His 10 Year Leadership as CEO

Michel Giannuzzi Discusses Tarkett's Growth Under His 10 Year Leadership as CEO

July 28, 2017—Michel Giannuzzi, CEO with Tarkett, and Kemp Harr discuss Tarkett's recent global business results and the positive changes that have occurred within the company during Michel's 10 years at the helm. Listen to the interview to hear more about the company overall and more specifically, changes in the North American division. Michel steps down as CEO of Tarkett in early September and steps into the leadership role at Veralla Packaging—one of the top 3 glass bottle companies in the world.

Neil Poland Discusses Consumer Reports' Flooring Article and Mullican's Ranking

Neil Poland Discusses Consumer Reports' Flooring Article and Mullican's Ranking

July 26, 2017—Neil Poland, President of Mullican Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss the August issue of Consumer Reports and its recommendations for which flooring is best for different rooms in a typical home. Listen to the interview to hear Mullican's strong ranking in comparison to the other major producers, whether that makes a difference in sales, plus hear Neil take exception with their kitchen and basement recommendation.

Rick Myers Discusses Myers' 60th Anniversary as a Floorcovering Retailer

Rick Myers Discusses Myers' 60th Anniversary as a Floorcovering Retailer

July 25, 2017—Rick Myers, Co-owner of Myers Carpet and Flooring, with retail stores in Atlanta, Dalton and Nashville, and Kemp Harr discuss this independent retailer's 60th anniversary. Listen to the interview to hear Rick talk about the past and his current position as one of the largest wool carpet dealers in the Southeast. Myers has never been part of a buying group and their business has evolved over the years and now includes selling flooring to the Georgia movie making industry.

Dan Frierson Discusses Dixie's Decision to Acquire Royalty's Yarn Plant

Dan Frierson Discusses Dixie's Decision to Acquire Royalty's Yarn Plant

July 24, 2017—Dan Frierson, Chairman of the Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr discuss Dixie's acquisition of Royalty's yarn processing facility in Porterville, California. Listen to the interview to hear more about Dixie's plans with this facility, Dixie's reaction to Royalty Mills' closing plus current business conditions.

Kermit Baker Discusses the Architectural Billing Index and Housing Remodeling

Kermit Baker Discusses the Architectural Billing Index and Housing Remodeling

July 20, 2017—Kermit Baker, a Harvard Economist, and Kemp Harr discuss the June Architectural Billing Index which was 54.2 and has been over 50 for the last 5 months. Based on the backlog of work, Kermit predicts the index will continue to be strong for the remainder of the year. Kermit also discusses household remodeling activity where spending is predicted to increase 6% on an annual basis well into 2018.

Bill Carstarphen Discusses Pharr Business and the New Brand for the Parent Company

Bill Carstarphen Discusses Pharr Business and the New Brand for the Parent Company

July 19, 2017—Bill Carstarphen, President and CEO of Pharr, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Pharr's new branding strategy as well as the growth of Phenix and Pharr Yarns and Fibers, Bill's two businesses that are focused in the flooring business. Listen to the interview to hear more about the diversity of the company and its continued investments. Below is the new parent logo for the company.
New Pharr Logo 

Blake Dennard Discusses Kaleen's Rug Business and the Atlanta Rug Market

Blake Dennard Discusses Kaleen's Rug Business and the Atlanta Rug Market

July 14, 2017—Blake Dennard, SVP with Kaleen, and Kemp Harr, discuss Kaleen's fit within the rug market, the firm's mix of sales and it's channels to market. Listen to the interview to hear how Kaleen offers a smaller display footprint for those retailers that don't want to use the more traditional floor to ceiling wall racks. Also learn more about their growth rate in area rug business.

Blake Dennard Discusses Kaleen's Rug Business and the Atlanta Rug Market

Blake Dennard Discusses Kaleen's Rug Business and the Atlanta Rug Market

July 14, 2017—Blake Dennard, SVP with Kaleen, and Kemp Harr, discuss Kaleen's fit within the rug market, the firm's mix of sales and it's channels to market. Listen to the interview to hear how Kaleen offers a smaller display footprint for those retailers that don't want to use the more traditional floor to ceiling wall racks. Also learn more about their growth rate in area rug business.

Dave Snedeker Discusses Nebraska Furniture Mart's Rug Business from the Atlanta Rug Market

Dave Snedeker Discusses Nebraska Furniture Mart's Rug Business from the Atlanta Rug Market

July 13, 2017—Dave Snedeker, division merchandise manager with Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr, discuss trends in the rug market while Dave is focused on this topic at the Atlanta Rug Market. Listen to the interview to hear more details about NFM's rug business, which is both brick and mortar and e-commerce based, as well as his flooring business overall. Surprisingly, carpet is his fastest growing category so far this year.

Johnny Massey Discusses Brintons' Ownership Change From Carlyle to Argand

Johnny Massey Discusses Brintons' Ownership Change From Carlyle to Argand

July 11, 2017—Johnny Massey, VP of Operations with Brintons USA, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Brinton's private equity ownership change from Carlyle to Argand. Listen to the interview to hear more about the improvements the company has made in their business since Carlyle acquired them from the Brintons family in 2011 and the firm's plans for the future.