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.


Phil Schrimper Discusses JP Flooring's Rapid Growth in Cincinnati

March 20, 2015—Phil Schrimper, Owner of JP Flooring Systems, and Kemp Harr, discuss the firm's rapid growth since the beginning of the year. Listen to the interview to hear about this Cincinnati retailer's recent success at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show, the continued shift to hard surfaces, and how his consumers are buying better end goods.


Mark Harman Discusses the Portland Airport's Carpet Renovation Project

March 18, 2015—Mark Harman, Director of Product with J&J Flooring Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss the national news story that has been generated by the renovation of the carpet in Portland's International Airport. J&J was awarded the project to replace the 75,000 square yards of 30 year old Axminster carpet with new tufted broadloom carpet. The interesting piece of the story is that the old carpet is so endeared by the Portlanders that they have set up a website to sell sections of the old carpet. Listen to the interview for more details.


Jay Flynn Discusses the Increasing Importance of Online Marketing for Retailers

March 17, 2015—Jay Flynn, VP of Sales and Marketing for Creating Your Space, and Kemp Harr, discuss the ever-increasing importance of online marketing for influencing where the consumer chooses to shop. Listen to the interview to hear more about budgeting and balancing all the many components which include websites, search engine optimization, social media, and pay-per-click.


John Baugh Discusses Armstrong's Decision to Separate Flooring and Ceiling Business

March 13, 2015—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, gives Kemp Harr, a summary of the discussions held this week at Armstrong's headquarters related to the decision to spin off its flooring business from its ceilings business. In the interview, John points out that most of the flooring related performance issues that need to be addressed are in the residential hardwood business. Listen to the interview for more details.


Rick Church Discusses the Coverings Expo and the Evolution of Tile Distributors

March 12, 2015—Rick Church, Executive Director with the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, and Kemp Harr, discuss how the distributor's relationship with the end user is changing plus the key reasons to attend this year's annual Coverings expo. The expo this year is from April 14 to 17. Listen to the interview for more details.


Jeff Hamer Discusses Galleher's Proactive Reaction In Aftermath of Lumber Liquidator News

March 10, 2015—Jeff Hamer, President of Galleher—one of the largest floorcovering distributors in the U.S. based in Los Angeles—and Kemp Harr, discuss how the firm has proactively reacted to inquiries from both dealers and consumers as a result of the 60 Minutes broadcast last week which revealed that some of Lumber Liquidators' laminate product has unsafe levels of formaldehyde. Listen to the interview to hear Jeff discuss how important it is to source products from reputable firms that can stand behind their products.


Geoff Gordon Discusses Visibility Upgrades the Fuse Alliance is Making

March 6, 2015—Geoff Gordon, Executive Director of the Fuse Alliance, and Kemp Harr, discuss the upgrades this group of commercial flooring contractors is making to its communications tools to clarify its message and raise its visibility. Listen to the interview, taped at the group's annual meeting in Las Vegas, to hear more about the meeting, the size of the group, the change in leadership, its national account program and other details.


Jamie Gilmore Discusses the Growth of Pavilion Floors in Boston

March 5, 2015—Jamie Gilmore, President of Pavilion Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss the success and growth of this commercial contractor's business in the greater Boston area. Pavilion has been a Fuse Alliance member for 3 years. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the success of Gilmore's business.


Kip Howlett on the Formaldehyde Levels Used in Lumber Liquidator's Chinese Laminate Flooring

March 3, 2015—Kip Howlett, President of the Hardwood, Plywood Veneer Association (HPVA), and Kemp Harr, discuss how elevated levels of formaldehyde in adhesives reduce manufacturing costs. In this week's 60 Minutes newscast, it was revealed that Lumber Liquidator's was sourcing laminate flooring from Chinese factories that was labeled CARB compliant and was not. The most damaging part of the story came when the factories admitted they could make it either way but that CARB compliant products would cost more. Listen to the interview for more details.


Raj Shah Discusses MS International's Rapid Growth

March 2, 2015—Raj Shah, President with M.S. International, and Kemp Harr, discuss the background and business philosophy that has led to MSI's recent growth. MSI is a leading importer of stone and porcelain products with 19 warehouses throughout the U.S. and Canada.