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.

Shannon Vogel Discusses How Social Media like Houzz can be Used to Build Retailer Traffic

January 6, 2016—Shannon Vogel, Social Media Director with Creating Your Space, and Kemp Harr discuss which social media programs are best for floorcovering retailers. Listen to the interview to hear more about Shannon's recommendation and in particular how effective Houzz is as a social media option.

Bob Peoples Discusses CARE's Progress Toward Diverting Carpet from Landfills

January 5, 2015—Bob Peoples, Executive Director with CARE, and Kemp Harr discuss CARE's accomplishments toward its goal of reducing the amount of post-consumer carpet that ends up in America's landfills. Listen to the interview to hear Bob talk about the highlights of their most recent report card.

Keith Campbell Discusses Mannington Mills' Centennial Celebration

December 28, 2015--Keith Campbell, Chairman of Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr discuss Mannington's Centennial Celebration which starts tonight and runs throughout the coming year. Listen to the interview to hear Keith's perspective on this milestone achievement and what Mannington is doing to achieve success over the next 100 years.

Amie Gilmore Discusses Highlights and Changes to the January Surfaces Expo in Las Vegas

December 23, 2015 — Amie Gilmore, Show Director of The International Surface Event, and Kemp Harr, discuss the upcoming show at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear about some of the layout and schedule changes to this year's show that runs from January 19th to 22nd.

Bob Shaw Discusses Engineered Floors Decision to Acquire J+J Industries

December 22, 2015—Bob Shaw, CEO with Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind Engineered Floor's decision to acquire J+J Industries. Listen to the interview to hear more about the synergies and also hear Bob's growth outlook for 2016.

Tom Lape Discusses Mohawk's Decision to Return as an Exhibitor at Surfaces in January

December 21, 2015—Tom Lape, President of Mohawk's Residential Business, and Kemp Harr discuss Mohawk's decision to return to the show floor at the Surfaces Expo in January. Listen to the interview to hear more about their unified presence plus a section at the end that summarizes the health of the different business sectors as we look back at the end of 2015.

Kermit Baker With His Outlook for the Residential and Commercial Construction Markets for 2016

December 18, 2015—Harvard Economist Kermit Baker and Kemp Harr discuss November's Architecture Billings Index and the Joint Center for Housing Studies' latest read on residential remodel activity for 2016. Listen to the interview to hear Kermit's optimistic outlook for the coming year.

Santo Torcivia Discusses His Latest Economic Forecast and Its Impact on Floorcovering Sales

December 15, 2015—Santo Torcivia, Economist with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr discuss Santo's recently released quarterly Market Monitor and the adjustments he has made on his forecast as the year end approaches. Listen to the interview to hear Santo's economic outlook for the future and the bearing that will have on floorcovering sales.

Randy Weis and Drew Guinan Discuss the Acquisition of CTS Flooring by R.D. Weis

December 11, 2015—Randy Weis, Owner of R.D. Weis, and Drew Guinan, CEO with CTS Flooring, discuss the strategy and synergies behind R.D. Weis' decision to acquire CTS Flooring. Both companies are successful commercial flooring contractors and Starnet members. Listen to the interview for more details on how this acquisition will benefit both companies.

Bobby Blake Discusses the Growth of Brunswick Floors' Retail Business in South Georgia

December 10, 2015—Bobby Blake, Owner of Brunswick Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth of this three store independent floorcovering operation along the southern coastline of Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear how he has structured this successful business which continues to grow.

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