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.


Bob Wagner Discusses L Fishman's Acquisition of Sobol Sales in Northern Ohio

August 6, 2013—Bob Wagner, CEO and Chairman of Fishman Flooring Solutions, and Kemp Harr, discuss his recent acquisition of Sobol Sales in Northern Ohio. Listen to the interview to hear how this flooring distributor—which now services a ten state area—has continued to grow both organically and through acquisition by focusing primarily on the installation side of the business. Some of Fishman's key lines are Johnsonite and Ardex.


Stu Chapman and Ingrid Smith Discuss the Just Shorn Wool Carpet Program with CCA Global

August 5, 2013—Stuart Chapman and Ingrid Smith with the New Zealand Just Shorn wool carpet program talk to Kemp Harr, about how well the program is doing since its inception 4 years ago. Just Shorn is an exclusive New Zealand wool carpet program that included 25 styles manufactured by Godfrey Hurst and the Dixie Group. Listen to the interview to hear that the brand now has over 500 displays in retail stores throughout the U.S. Ingrid holds the world record for sheep sheering.


Terry Wheat Talks About RFMS' Latest Innovation for Floorcovering Retailers

August 2, 2013—Terry Wheat, CEO and owner of RFMS, and Kemp Harr, discuss RFMS' latest cloud based software development called In-Home Solutions that enables a floorcovering retailer to close a floorcovering order at the consumer's home at the time of measurement—drastically reducing the cycle time between initial store visit and finished installation. Some industry pundits have reported that Home Depot has recently shortened its order cycle time with a new measuring system and Terry states in this interview that the RFMS solution is even quicker. Listen to the interview for more details.


Eric Demaree Discuss Carpet One's Summer Convention

August 1, 2013—Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One, and Kemp Harr, discuss how the 900 Carpet One members are doing as the economy continues to recover. Listen to the interview to hear what's selling, who's buying and a few of the highlights from Carpet One's summer convention.


Keith Spano and Frank Chiera Discuss the Flooring America Convention

July 31, 2013—(Recorded at the Flooring America Convention in Denver) Kemp Harr talks to Keith Spano and Frank Chiera, President and VP of Marketing, respectively of Flooring America, about their membership and general overall health of the business. Listen to the interview to hear what Flooring America is doing to help their members and some of the new products and services they are excited about.


Delia Passi and Melissa Minihan Discuss Stainmaster's Women's Choice Award

July 29, 2013—Delia Passi, founder of the Women's Choice Award; Melissa Minihan, VP of Marketing with Invista; and Kemp Harr, discuss last week's news that Stainmaster had won the 2013 Women's Choice Award. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the award, how the Stainmaster brand was picked and how Invista plans to tie its retailers in with this news.


Wanda Ellis Discusses the Floor-Tek Expo

July 27, 2013—Wanda Ellis, Executive Director with American Floorcovering Alliance, and Kemp Harr, discuss the Floor-Tek expo scheduled for September 10-12 in Dalton, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how this show is shaping up and some changes that have been made to attract more attendees.


Chad Ogden Discusses QFloors' Web Based Software Tool

July 25, 2013—Chad Ogden, CEO with QFloors, and Kemp Harr, discuss QFloors' web based software tool for the floorcovering industry. Listen to the interview to hear more about the software tool that won an innovation award at the Surfaces Expo earlier this year.


Kermit Baker Discusses the AIA Billing Index and the Residential Housing Market

July 24, 2013—Harvard Economist Kermit Baker, and Kemp Harr, discuss the June Architectural Billing Index and Kermit's perspective on what affect that will have on the "non-residential" construction market of the next 9 to 12 months. Kermit also talks about the Annual Report put out by the Joint Center for Housing studies and his perspective on where the housing market is today. Listen to the interview for more details.


Rick Moon with Propex Discusses the Uptick in Carpet Volume in Dalton

July 23, 2013—Rick Moon, Sr. Account Executive with Propex, and Kemp Harr, discuss Rick's perspective on how this year's carpet production in Dalton compares to previous years. Listen to the interview to hear him talk about how consolidation, along with yarn and dyeing shifts, have altered the overall dynamics of the carpet business in the Dalton area.