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.

Jeanne Matson Discusses the Highlights of the Fall Starnet Meeting

October 26, 2015—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of the fall Starnet meeting which took place in Boston this weekend. Listen to the interview to hear about the strength of the commercial floorcovering contractor business and about the topics that were covered in the meeting.  These topics highlight issues that commercial contractors are dealing with in the marketplace.

Lew Migliore Discusses Concrete Moisture and Flooring Installation Issues

October 23, 2015—Lew Migliore, an industry consultant with LGM and Associates, talks about the ongoing issues with concrete moisture in the commercial market and his view on the current installer issues in the residential retail sector. Listen to the interview for more details.

Scott Sandlin Discusses the Christian Moseley Bryant Foundation Event this Past Weekend

October 20, 2015—Scott Sandlin, VP of Hard Surfaces for Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr discuss the Christian Moseley Bryant Foundation and an event held last weekend in her honor. This foundation, named in honor of a beautiful young lady who died from cancer her senior year in High School, raises funds in her honor which are given to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga to help other families in the fight against cancer. Listen to the interview for more details. More on the foundation can be found at

Mark Carr with Color Interiors Discusses his Shaw Lifeguard Carpet Swimming Pool Promotion

October 19, 2015—Mark Carr, Owner of Color Interiors (a three store chain of retail flooring stores in the Houston, Texas area), and Kemp Harr discuss Mark's Lifeguard backing carpet promotion in partnership with Shaw Floors. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mark's operation and about the swimming pool that his team created out of carpet that features Shaw's new Lifeguard backing system.

Martin Lesjak and Anastasija Sugic Discuss 13 & 9's Collaborative Design Strategy

October 16, 2015—Martin Lesjak and Anastasija Sugic with 13 & 9, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind their successful design firm. 13 & 9 collaborated with the Mohawk Group on the design of the Moving Floors modular tile collection which won a NeoCon Gold award earlier this year. Listen to the interview to hear what makes this product design firm so successful.

Jackie Dettmar and Royce Epstein Discuss the Mohawk Group's FWD Designer Event in San Francisco

October 15, 2015—Jackie Dettmar and Royce Epstein, VP of Design & Product Development and Director of Design Segment (respectively) with the Mohawk Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the third annual FWD designer event held this year in San Francisco. Listen to the interview to hear more about this strategic meeting with interior designers from major design firms and end users where Mohawk and Daltile present new fashion trends and get feedback on future product designs. FWD stands for Future of Workplace Design.

Piet Dossche Discusses US Floors' Patent Protection on WPC Coretec Flooring

October 13, 2015—Piet Dossche, Owner of US Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the recent U.S. patent that was awarded for US Floors' WPC flooring which the company sells under the Coretec and Stratum trade names. Listen to the interview to hear more details about why the company pursued a U.S. patent and other details around the specific intellectual protection.

John Lanier Discusses RayDay and the Mission of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation

October 12, 2015—John Lanier, Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and Kemp Harr discuss the third annual RayDay event held yesterday at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear more about this family-oriented outdoor event held annually to encourage conversations and collaboration about sustainable living. Also, hear more about the event and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Kennedy Frierson Discusses the Dixie Groups New Headquarters in Dalton

October 8, 2015—Kennedy Frierson, COO with the Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the company's recent move into a new heardquarters in Dalton, Georgia. In September, several of the company's offices were consolidated into the old BASF-Honeywell building which sits atop one of the highest hills in Dalton. This building will serve as the corporate and residential business headquarters for Dixie—one of the top five producers of carpet in the U.S.

Dave Snedeker Discusses the NFA Fall Meeting and Business Conditions at Nebraska Furniture Mart

October 5, 2015—Dave Snedeker, President of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) and Flooring Merchandising Manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), and Kemp Harr discuss current business conditions at retail and the highlights of the NFA meeting held last week in San Diego, California. Listen to the interview to hear more about the NFA meeting and what is selling at NFM.

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