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.


Jonathan Train Discusses the Growth of the LVT Business From Domotex, Germany

January 20, 2015—Jonathan Train, the newly appointed CEO of Swiff-Train and EarthWerks, and Kemp Harr, discuss the growth of the LVT business since they got into it 30 years ago. Listen to the interview to hear more details about EarthWerks, the Global LVT market, and the value of Domotex as an international show.


Pete Sigman and Chris Bryant Discuss Shaw's New Lifeguard Backing System

January 19, 2015—Pete Sigman and Chris Bryant, Vice President of Innovations and Vice President of Research and Development, respectively, for Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss a new carpet backing system called Lifeguard that has been in the works for several years. Listen to the interview to find out how this system has the potential to change the backing industry by making the entire carpet a thermoplastic that potentially can be recycled.


Helmut Twilfer Discusses Schönox Self Leveling Floor Prep Invention

January 16, 2015—Helmut Twilfer, President of Schönox in Germany, and Kemp Harr, discuss the development and benefits of Schönox self leveling compound which is made in Germany and has been introduced in the U.S. market by HPS Subfloors. Listen to the interview to hear more about the invention and its benefits.


John Baugh Gives an Analyst's Perspective on Mohawk's Acquisition of IVC

January 15, 2015—John Baugh, Industry Analyst for Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr, discuss the recent news that Mohawk is acquiring vinyl firm IVC. Listen to the interview to find out why the acquisition makes sense for Mohawk, as well as details about the state of the luxury vinyl market.


Alex Peykar Discusses Nourison's Decision to Buy Hagaman Carpet

January 14, 2015—Alex Peykar, President of Nourison, and Kemp Harr, discuss Nourison's acquisition of Hagaman Carpets (based in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia). Listen to the interview to hear how Nourison plans to integrate this niche, high end broadloom carpet maker into their global operations.


Phenix Flooring Merges with Pharr Yarns

January 13, 2015—Bill Carstarphen, CEO of Pharr Yarns; Mark Clayton, President of Phenix; and Rich Pattinson, President of Pharr Yarns, discuss the merger between Phenix Carpet and Pharr Yarns. Listen to the interview to hear more details about these two businesses, their fit in the marketplace and how this merger strengthens both entities and still allows Pharr to grow its business with its diversified mix of yarn customers.


Amie Gilmore Discusses Expectations for Next Week's Surfaces Expo in Las Vegas

January 12, 2015—Amie Gilmore, Show Director for Surfaces, and Kemp Harr, discuss expectations for next week's Surfaces show which is one week earlier this year to facilitate a tie-in with Design and Constructions week. Listen to the interview to hear more about the 125,000 people that are expected in Vegas next week to attend the five different shows that are all taking place in the same week. Amie also talks about a couple of new education and orientation events plus the Emerging Professionals social event.


Cathy Buchanan Discusses Her Retail Store and Highlights from Carpet One Convention

January 9, 2015—Cathy Buchanan, Operations Manager at Independent Carpet One in Westland, Michigan, and Kemp Harr,discuss a few of the victories she has had at her store recently and her take on the new product introductions from Carpet One's winter convention.


Eric Demaree Discusses Carpet One's Competitive Advantage From its Winter Convention

January 8, 2015—Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One Floor and Home, and Kemp Harr, discuss the group's performance in 2014, its key initiatives for 2015, as well as the challenges retailers face in this ever evolving sector. Listen to the interview to hear more and to hear Eric's outlook for 2015.


Pami Bhullar Discusses His New Year's Resolution Recommendations for Retailers

January 7, 2015—Pami Bhullar, Director of Retail Development for Invista, and Kemp Harr, discuss how retailers interact with consumers and the need for retailers to evolve to integrate more closely with consumers' pre-shopping research. Listen to the interview to hear more about Pami's 12 New Year's resolutions. Feel free to contact Pami, Stainmaster, or Floor Focus for a copy of this simple New Year's message.

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