Recent 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.

Jackie Dettmar Discusses the Mohawk Group's 2016 NeoCon Experience in Chicago
Jackie Dettmar Discusses the Mohawk Group's 2016 NeoCon Experience in Chicago

June 29, 2016—Jackie Dettmar, VP of product development and design for the Mohawk Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's new showroom, product highlights, and their NeoCon show experience. Listen to the interview to get Jackie's take on this year's NeoCon.

Jeff Collum Discusses Shannon Specialty Floors' New Partnership with Spartan Surfaces
Jeff Collum Discusses Shannon Specialty Floors' New Partnership with Spartan Surfaces

June 28, 2016—Jeff Collum, President of Shannon Specialty Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's new partnership with Spartan Surfaces. Listen to the interview to hear more about Jeff's background, about Shannon and about the strategy for this new alliance.

Brenda Knowles Discusses Shaw's New Create Center in Cartersville, Georgia
Brenda Knowles Discusses Shaw's New Create Center in Cartersville, Georgia

June 27, 2016—Brenda Knowles, VP of Marketing for Shaw's commercial business, and Kemp Harr discuss Friday's groundbreaking on Shaw Industry's Create Center in Cartersville, Georgia. This $24 million facility was designed by Gensler and will be built by EMJ construction company. The three story glass structure will be the new home for Shaw's commercial marketing and design teams. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Jim McCallum Discusses Milliken's 2016 NeoCon Modular Award for Lapidus
Jim McCallum Discusses Milliken's 2016 NeoCon Modular Award for Lapidus

June 23, 2016—Jim McCallum, President of Milliken's Flooring Business, and Kemp Harr discuss Lapidus, which won the top modular carpet award at NeoCon 2016. Listen to the interview to hear more about this product, about the growth of the firm's LVT business and Jim's outlook in the commercial sector for the rest of the year.

Dan Pelton Discusses W.F. Taylor Headquarters' Move to Dalton, Georgia
Dan Pelton Discusses W.F. Taylor Headquarters' Move to Dalton, Georgia

June 23, 2016—Dan Pelton, the newly appointed CEO of W.F. Taylor, and Kemp Harr discuss Taylor's decision to move its headquarters from Fontana, California to Dalton, Georgia and the firm's strategy moving forward. Listen to the interview to hear more about Dan and Taylor's plans for future growth.

John Stephens Discusses Shaw Contract's 2016 NeoCon Awards and Experience
John Stephens Discusses Shaw Contract's 2016 NeoCon Awards and Experience

June 21, 2016—John Stephens, VP of Marketing for Shaw Contract, and Kemp Harr discuss his brand's NeoCon awards and the overall traffic and experience at NeoCon 2016. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show and about Modern Edit, Configure and Extraordinary.

Joe Parry Discusses Universal Fibers' NeoCon Awards and New Thrive Fiber
Joe Parry Discusses Universal Fibers' NeoCon Awards and New Thrive Fiber

June 20, 2016—Joe Parry, VP of Marketing with Universal Fibers, and Kemp Harr discuss Universal Fibers' new Thrive fiber that won a Gold best of NeoCon award. Listen to the interview to hear more about this nylon 6,6 fiber with a high level of recycled content and also hear about how the Chicago office of Gensler has created an award winning NeoCon booth for three years in a row.

Todd van der Kruik and Sherry Dreger Discuss Bentley Mills' Lost Angeles Theme at NeoCon
Todd van der Kruik and Sherry Dreger Discuss Bentley Mills' (Los)t Angeles Theme at NeoCon

June 17, 2016—Todd van der Kruik and Sherry Dreger, VP Design and VP Marketing (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss Bentley Mills' (Los)t Angeles theme, recent growth, continued investment and new product introductions. Listen to the interview which was recorded at NeoCon 2016.

Terry Mowers Discusses Tarkett's NeoCon 2016 Product Awards
Terry Mowers Discusses Tarkett's NeoCon 2016 Product Awards

June 16, 2016—Terry Mowers, VP of Product Development for Tarkett North America, and Kemp Harr discuss Tarkett's two gold NeoCon awards and two innovation awards that were spread across hard surfaces, broadloom and modular carpet. The winning products are Infinies, Mesto Configuration and Open Archive.

Jay Gould and Matt Miller Discuss Interface's Climate Take-Back Initiative and NeoCon 2016
Jay Gould and Matt Miller Discuss Interface's Climate Take-Back Initiative and NeoCon 2016

June 15, 2016—Jay Gould and Matt Miller, President and Coo of Interface and President of Interface Americas (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss Interface's new Climate Take-Back Initiative and the World Woven carpet tile collection that won a Best of NeoCon silver award. Listen to the interview to hear more about these topics and Matt's new role at Interface.

Natalie Jones and Roby Isaac Discuss Mannington Commercial's NeoCon Product Awards
Natalie Jones and Roby Isaac Discuss Mannington Commercial's NeoCon Product Awards

June 14, 2016—Natalie Jones and Roby Isaac, VP of Marketing and Director of Commercial Design (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss Mannington Commercial's product awards at NeoCon 2016 in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mannington's Infused and Divergent collections and other details about the show.