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.


Laurey Banker and Bruce Ziegler Discuss Tarkett's New Products and Growth Initiatives for 2014

February 4, 2014—Bruce Ziegler and Laurey Banker, Directors of Product Development for the residential and commercial sectors of Tarkett (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the new products and programs that Tarkett is launching for 2014. Watch the video filmed at Surfaces in Las Vegas for more details.


Royalty Carpet Mills Discusses New Products and Recent Investments for 2014

February 3, 2014—Andrea Greenleaf and Jeff Hudson, CEO and VP Sales and Marketing at Royalty Carpet Mills (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the investments and new product introductions that Royalty has placed its focus on in the past 6 months. Watch the video to see more details. Video was taped at Surfaces 2014.


Tom Mangas and Kevin Biederman Discuss Armstrong's Surfaces Experience

January 31, 2014—Tom Mangas and Kevin Biederman, CEO of Armstrong Flooring Worldwide and Sr VP of Armstrong's Residential Flooring Business (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of Armstrong's Surfaces experience in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about Tom's background and current initiatives as well as Armstrong's latest product initiatives.


Gary Cissell Discusses His New Role at Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart

January 30, 2014—Gary Cissell, Director of Operations with Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart (a 15-store flooring retailer on the west coast of Florida), and Kemp Harr, discuss Gary's new role and his focus for growth for 2014. Listen to the interview to hear more.


Michael Longwell Discusses Airbase's Retail Business and the LVT Market

January 29, 2014--Michael Longwell, President of Pennsylvania-based Airbase Carpet & Tile, and Kemp Harr, discuss the wide variety of luxury vinyl products in the market today. Listen to the interview to find out what the category means to Airbase's business and how it fits into the firm's product mix. Also find out how Airbase views business conditions for 2014, and how it competes in the market against the mass merchants. This interview was taped at the National Floorcovering Alliance meeting in Las Vegas.


Jonathan Witt Discusses Oriental Weavers Rug Business from the World Market in Las Vegas

January 27, 2014—Jonathan Witt, Vice President with Oriental Weavers, and Kemp Harr, discuss the health of OW's rug business, product trends, and rising price points. Listen to the interview to hear more about OW's message from the World Market in Las Vegas.


Elise Demboski Discusses Mohawk's SmartStrand Unleashed Promotion

January 24, 2014—Elise Demboski, Vice President of Creative Services for Mohawk Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk's SmartStrand Unleashed promotion, which kicks off next week with Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl. Listen to the interview to hear more about this integrated year long promotion that includes national cable TV, social media, and point of sale material.


Eric Demaree Discusses the Highlights of Carpet One's 2014 Winter Convention

January 23, 2014—Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One Floor and Home, and Kemp Harr, discuss the business growth of this 900 member buying group in 2013 and the new products and programs that were rolled out at this week's winter convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Listen to the interview for more details.


Bruce Zwicker Discusses the Strategy Behind Haines' Acquisition of CMH Space

January 22, 2014—Bruce Zwicker, President and CEO of Haines, and Kemp Harr, discuss the news this week about Haines' acquisition of CMH Space. This is significant news as this combines Haines, the largest U.S. Floorcovering distributor with CMH which is number 3. Listen to the interview to hear the strategy behind the acquisition.


Cathy Buchanan Discusses Her Success and Recent Carpet One Greenberg Award

January 21, 2014—(Recorded live from the Carpet One Winter Convention in Phoenix, AZ.) Cathy Buchanan, Operations Manager for Independent Floor and Home in Westland, MI and Kemp Harr, talk about Cathy's distinguished honor in winning this year's Alan Greenberg Award. Listen to the interview to hear moare about this award and about business conditions and flooring trends for 2013 and 2014.



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