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.


Victoria Redshaw Discusses How Scarlet Opus Has Integrated Trend Forecasting into the Surfaces Expo

January 7, 2014—Victoria Redshaw, Managing Director of Scarlet Opus, and Kemp Harr, discuss Scarlet Opus' growing part in the Surfaces Expo coming up January 28-30. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how Scarlet Opus forecasts trends in the commercial and residential interior furnishings business and details about its involvement at the annual Surfaces show.


Lady Spencer-Churchill Discusses Her Interior Design Seminar Scheduled for the Atlanta Rug Market

January 3, 2014—Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, an author and Interior Designer from England, and Kemp Harr, discuss floorcovering design trends and her upcoming seminar scheuled next week at the Atlanta Rug show. Listen to the interview to hear more about Lady Churchill's background and the topic of her discussion.


Santo Torcivia Discusses 2013 Year End Sales Projections for Floor Covering Products

December 20 — Santo Torcivia, an economist with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr, discuss Santo's projections for year-end flooring sales by category. Santo believes the flooring market has grown 7% in 2013 and he gives his analysis on which sectors in the U.S. grew and which sectors shrank both by surface category, price point and channel.


Laurie Pressman Discusses How the Pantone Color of the Year is Selected

December 19, 2013—Laurie Pressman, VP with the Pantone Color Institute, and Kemp Harr, discuss this year's color of the year which is Radiant Orchid. Listen to the interview to hear what factors go into the color selection process and a little about the type of companies that Pantone sets up license agreements with.


Bill Bohrer Discusses His Wall 2 Wall Retail Business in Idaho

December 18, 2013—Bill Bohrer, President of Wall 2 Wall, and Kemp Harr, discuss Bill's retail business in Idaho and Utah. Listen to the interview to hear more background on Wall 2 Wall as well as Bill's key take ways from his attendance at Mohawk's Solutions meeting held in Dallas last week. Wall 2 Wall is a major player in both the commercial and residential floorcovering business. They are aligned with Starnet in the commercial business and Mohawk in the residential business.


Roger Farabee Discusses Mohawk's New Hard Surface Products Launched at Solutions Meeting

December 17, 2013—Roger Farabee, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Mohawk Hard Surface, and Kemp Harr, discuss last week's Solutions meeting in Dallas, Mohawk's premier dealer event for Floorscape and Color Center members. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mohawk's hard surface products and marketing approach for 2014.


Jim Walker Discusses the Lack of Trained Floorcovering Installers

December 16, 2013—Jim Walker, CEO with the Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), and Kemp Harr, discuss some of the key issues the industry is facing with regard to having enough trained installers. Listen to the interview to hear Jim talk about the lack of adequately trained installers, the status of the S600 carpet installation guidelines, and the government regulations regarding subcontractor status and healthcare insurance.


Tom Lape Discusses Mohawk Expansion and the Residential Market

December 13, 2013—Tom Lape, President of Mohawk's residential business, and Kemp Harr, talk about the state of the residential market and where the strength of the market lies. Listen to the interview to find out where Mohawk has had its recent success, and information about its recently announced expansion plans. Also hear more details about the company's Continuum program, and products it is rolling out to its aligned dealers.


Collin Burry Discusses His Induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame

December 11, 2013—Collin Burry, Design Director for Gensler San Francisco, and Kemp Harr, discuss Burry's induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Listen to the interview to find out details about Burry's background and how his career evolved from a youth in Canada. Also, find out about the lients Burry has worked for, such as Apple and Pixar.


John Baugh Discusses His Outloook on the Market Conditions for Floorcovering

December 9, 2013—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus (a Wall Street analyst that focuses on the interior furnishings markets), and Kemp Harr discuss John's perspective on where the floorcovering market stands today from an investment perspective. Listen to the interview to hear John talk about the stock market overall and his outlook for 2014.

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