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.

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.

Interior Designer Abbey Kesten Discusses Her Observations After Attending the Cersaie Tile Show

October 2, 2015—Abbey Kesten, a commercial Interior designer with the Rockwell Group in New York, and Kemp Harr discuss Abbey's observations after having spent three days at the Cersaie tile show in Bologna, Italy. Listen to the interview to hear more details and learn how this experience has broadened her perspective on the tile market.

Joe Lundgren Discusses Cersaie Tile Trends That Will Be Popular in the U.S. Market

October 1, 2015—Joe Lundgren, with Joseph Lundgren Consulting, and Kemp Harr discuss the new tile introductions at Cersaie this year that will hit the mark in the U.S. market in both the residential and commercial sectors. Listen to the interview for more details.

Cristina Faedi Discusses This Years' Fashion Trends in the Global Tile Market

September 30, 2015—Cristina Faedi, Marketing Director for Ceramic Tiles of Italy, and Kemp Harr discuss the global tile trends that are predominately being introduced at the Cersaie show in Bologna Italy this week. Listen to the interview for more details about the latest fashion in this industry.

Armando Cafiero Discusses Cersaie and the Growth of Italian Tile Consumption in the U.S.

September 29, 2015—Armando Cafiero, Managing Director of the Italian Ceramic Industry, and Kemp Harr discuss highlights from the 33rd Cersaie show, the largest ceramic tile show in the world, and the growth of both the exports and the number of Italian tile companies who now own factories in the U.S. Listen to the interview to hear how the Italians continue to maintain their leadership status in this industry.

Mahesh Ramanujam Discusses the Challenges the USGBC Faces and His Credentials as the Rising CEO

September 23, 2015—Mahesh Ramanujam, incoming CEO of the USGBC, and Kemp Harr discuss Mahesh's background with Lenovo, IBM, the past six years at USGBC and how it's prepared him for his leadership role with the U.S. Green Building Council. Listen to the interview to hear about the organization's challenges to remain relevant in the future of the global built environment.