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.


Amie Gilmore Discusses the Highlights for the Upcoming International Surfaces Event in Las Vegas

January 15, 2013—Amie Gilmore, Associate Show Director with Hanley Wood, and Kemp Harr, discuss the upcoming highlights for the International Surfaces Event which starts on January 28th in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear about a few of the new features of the show, how to navigate all the events and what type of crowd they are expecting.


Dr. Andreas Gruchow Discusses Why Domotex Germany is the World's Largest Flooring Exposition

January 14, 2014—Andreas Gruchow, Board member with Deutsche Messe, and Kemp Harr, discuss the continued success of the Domotex show in Germany. Listen to the interview to hear Dr. Gruchow talk about the various components of the show that makes it the largest internationally focused floorcovering exposition in the world, year over year. Deutsche Messe is the company that hosts all the Domotex shows worldwide.


Joe Williams Discusses the Growth of Beaulieu's International Business from Domotex

January 13, 2014—Recorded in Hannover, Germany at the Domotex show, Joe Williams, VP of International business for Beaulieu of America, talks to Kemp Harr. Listen to the interview to hear about the Domotex show, differences in the American and International flooring trends and what products are generating the most international interest.


Jerry Hennon Discusses Carpets of Dalton's Continued Growth

January 10, 2014—Jerry Hennon, Managing Director of flooring retailer Carpets of Dalton, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's business in 2013, what sold well and what gained marketshare, and how Hennon sees business conditions for 2014. Listen to the interview to find out what benefit Hennon gets from attending the Atlanta Regional Floorcovering Show, why he goes to Surfaces, and a little bit about his background.


Dave Snedeker Discusses Nebraska Furniture Mart's Rug Business From the Atlanta Rug Market

January 9, 2014—Dave Snedeker, Division Merchandise Manager over Floorcovering for Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr, discuss NFM's rug business. Listen to the interview to hear why Dave's area rug business is outpacing many of his competitors and what he is seeing at the Winter rug show in Atlanta.


Trey Thames and Drew Hash Discuss Shaw's Product Introductions at the Atlanta Regional Market

January 8, 2014—Trey Thames and Drew Hash, VP of Residential Marketing and VP of Hard Surfaces, respectively, and Kemp Harr, discuss a few of Shaw's new product introductions which were being debuted at the Atlanta Regional Show. Listen to the interview to hear more about these new products and Shaw's outlook for business in 2014.


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.