Interview Archives

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.


Joe Yarbrough Discusses CRI's 2015 Initiatives and Awards from Annual Meeting

November 13, 2014—Joe Yarbrough, President of the Carpet and Rug Institute, and Kemp Harr, discuss the awards and 2015 initiatives that were presented at yesterday's annual CRI meeting held in Dalton, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear Joe talk about his 2015 plans to update the carpet installation standards, co-fund a caprolactam inhalation study, and create a voluntary product stewardship (VPS) program. For awards, Susan Rich Farris, Director of Corporate Communications with Shaw Industries, won the Joseph J. Smrekar Award and John Garger won the CRI Chairman's award.


Darius Helm Discusses the BDNY Show in NYC

November 12, 2014—Darius Helm, Executive Editor with Floor Focus Magazine, and Kemp Harr, discuss the BDNY show held earlier this week in New York City. Listen to the interview to hear about its hospitality focus, its rapid growth and a few of the trends seen on the show floor.


Susanne Klaproth Discusses Reasons to Attend Domotex Germany

November 11, 2014—Susanne Klaproth, Director of Domotex Germany, and Kemp Harr, discuss the additional programs and speakers that are slated for next January at the largest International floorcovering show in the world. Listen to the interview to hear more about the Innovations@Domotex program, and two of the architects that are speaking, Ross Lovegrove, from the U.K, and Roberto Palomba, from Italy. Next year, this show takes place in Hannover, Germany on January 17-20.


Tracy Hammond Discusses the Effect the Mid-Term Elections Could Have on The Floorcovering Business

November 10, 2014—Tracy Hammond, Senior Policy Advisory for Polsinelli, and Kemp Harr, discuss the potential ramifications of having a Republican majority in the House and Senate on the floorcovering business. Listen to the interview to hear Tracy's perspective. Polsinelli is the Carpet and Rug Institute's lobby firm.


Michel Giannuzzi and Alexander Collot d'Escury Discuss Tarkett's Acquistion of Desso

November 6, 2014—Michel Giannuzzi and Alexander Collot d'Escury, CEO of Tarkett Worldwide and Desso (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the recent news that Tarkett is buying Desso. Tarkett is the third largest flooring company with over $3 billion in sales worldwide and Desso is a carpet and sports turf producer based in the Netherlands with an estimated $253 million in sales (in 2013). Listen to the interview for more details about how Desso fits into Tarkett's global growth picture.


Sherry Dreger with Bentley Mills Discusses NeoCon East

November 3, 2014—Sherry Dreger, VP of Marketing with Bentley Mills, and Kemp Harr, discuss Bentley's experience at NeoCon East held last week in Baltimore. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the show and Bentley's message.


Russell Grizzle Discusses Another Major LVT Expansion in Madison, Georgia

Oct. 30, 2014— Russell Grizzle, President and CEO of Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mannington's announcement of an additional LVT expansion at the former Amtico plant in Madison, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear more details of this $50 million investment over three years that includes a 62-acre parcel of land, a 550,000-square-foot building and an additional 200 jobs.


Lindsey Waldrep Discusses Crossville's First Sustainability Report

October 29, 2014—Lindsey Waldrep, VP of Marketing with Crossville, and Kemp Harr, discuss Crossville's first sustainability report, which was just released. Listen to the interview to hear more about this, plus Crossville's decision not to exhibit at Greenbuild, and the company's recent growth.


Tim Duggan Discusses CMDs Contruction Spending Outlook

October 28, 2014 — Tim Duggan, Director at CMD (formerly Reed Construction Data), and Kemp Harr, discuss the outlook for construction spending for 2015. Listen to the interview recorded at Greenbuild 2014 for more details.


Wanda Dunaway Discusses Shaw Contract' s Message at Greenbuild 2014

October 27, 2014 — Wanda Dunaway, Director of Government Education and Marketing for Shaw Contract, and Kemp Harr, discuss Shaw's presence at the Greenbuild show in New Orleans last week. Listen to the interview to find out about Shaw's relationship with organizations like the Center for Green Schools, the company's Gold sponsorship of the Greenbuild show, and who visits Shaw's booth at the show.

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