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.


Donato Grosser on the Dynamics That will Determine if the US Tile Business Will Grow in 2015

April 15, 2015, (Recorded at Coverings 2015)—Donato Grosser, well known international tile consultant with D. Grosser and Associates, and Kemp Harr, discuss some of the factors driving the growth of the tile industry. Listen to the interview to hear more about U.S. and Italian tile developments and the evolution of this industry.


Carrie Seifert Discusses Her Focus on Design as a Successful Floorcovering Retailer

April 14, 2015 (Recorded in Orlando, Florida, at the Surfaces Advisory Council Meeting)—Kemp Harr interviews Carrie Seifert, President of Diversified Flooring Design Center of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Kemp and Carrie talk about how business is going for the first quarter of 2015 and about Diversified Flooring's approach to creating design solutions for customers. Listen to the interview to hear more about this design oriented flooring store.


Chip DeGrace Discusses a New Report about the Benefit of Biophilic Design

April 10, 2015—Chip DeGrace, Executive Creative Director with interface, and Kemp Harr, discuss a new Human Spaces report that quantifies the benefit of biophillic design in the workplace. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how this international study gives designers the information they need to justify building designs that integrate natural light, indoor plants and other natural settings. The report is available online at www.humanspaces.com.


Dave Snedeker Discusses Nebraska Furniture Mart's Flooring Strategy at the New Dallas Store

April 9, 2015—Dave Snedeker, Flooring Merchandise Manager for Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr, discuss NFM's 40,000 square foot flooring department at its new store in The Colony, Texas. Listen to the interview to hear details about how the department is set up for success. This interview was conducted at the Charity Gala event held at the store during its soft opening.


Dan Natkin Discusses the Maturity Stage of Laminate Flooring

April 8, 2015—Dan Natkin, Senior Director of Residential Products with Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth potential for laminate flooring in light of the recent surge in LVT coupled with negative press from the Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde levels. Listen to the interview to hear Dan talk about the right fit for laminate flooring in the consumer's home and the ongoing growth potential.


Jenny Cross Discusses Mohawk's Solar Energy and Other Sustainability Initiatives

April 2, 2015—Jenny Cross, VP of Sustainability for Mohawk Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss this morning's ribbon cutting on a solar energy array on Mohawk's Summerville, Georgia Continuum plant. Listen to the interview to hear more about this event, plus get an update on where sustainability fits within Mohawk's global initiatives.


A.J. Boyajian Discusses His Boston Floorcovering Retail Business

March 31, 2015—A.J. Boyajian, a partner in A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss how his retail flooring business in Boston has  been impacted by the record snow. Listen to the interview to hear about the extent of the damages and a review of how his business is structured. A.J. Rose is an NFA member.


Jeff Macco Discusses His Retail Strategy and Results In Wisconsin and Florida

March 30, 2015—Jeff Macco, CEO with Macco's Floor Covering in Wisconsin and Hadinger Flooring in Florida, and Kemp Harr, discuss business conditions, consumer preference, reaction to Lumber Liquidators' news, and digital marketing. Listen to the interview to hear more details about what this successful retailer is doing to fuel growth.


Dave Gheesling Discusses His Outlook on the Building Sector of the Flooring Business

March 27, 2015—Dave Gheesling, CEO with FloorExpo, and Kemp Harr, discuss Dave's outlook on the growth of the flooring business in the builder sector both near and long term. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the hurdles that must be overcome for growth in this sector. FloorExpo is a membership organization of flooring contractors focus on the builder market.


Dave Snedeker Discusses Nebraska Furniture Mart's Dallas Store Opening

March 25, 2015—Dave Snedeker, Division Merchandise Manager of Flooring for Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr, talk about Nebraska Furniture Mart's new store opening at The Colony, just north of Dallas. Dave is also the president of the National Floorcovering Alliance which meets this weekend in Charleston. Listen to the interview for more details and for an update on retail market conditions.