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 Discusses The Mohawk Group's Award Winning Design Visualization Tool

June 18, 2013—Jackie Dettmar, VP of Commercial Product Development and Design with Mohawk, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk'd DesignFlex visualization tool that won an innovation award at NeoCon in Chicago last week. Listen to the interview to hear more about how this tool works and about some of the other highlights from Mohawk at NeoCon 2013.


Barbara Haaksma Discusses Milliken's Art Media Collection from NeoCon

June 17, 2013—Barbara Haaksma, VP of Design and Marketing with Milliken, and Kemp Harr, discuss Milliken's Art Media which won a Best of Show award in the modular carpet category. Listen to the interview to hear what inspired Cresta Bledsoe when she designed this product and also to hear more details about the collection.


Reesie Duncan Discusses Shaw Contract's Award Winning Modular Hexigon Product

June 14, 2013—Reesie Duncan, Creative Director for Shaw Contract, and Kemp Harr, discuss Shaw's Best of NeoCon silver award for its Hexagon modular carpet product. Listen to the interview to hear about Shaw's take on this year's NeoCon show and how business conditions look.


Diane Hahn and John Woodward Discuss Atlas Best of NeoCon Carpet Award at Neocon

June 13, 2013—Diane Hahn, Creative Director, and John Woodward, Vice President, of Atlas Carpet discuss Atlas' Best of NeoCon award with Kemp Harr. Listen to the interview to find out how this California company goes to market and what makes its new products unique in the commercial market.


Terry Mowers Discusses Tandus' Award Winning NeoCon Products

June 12, 2013—Terry Mowers, Vice President and Chief Creative Officer with both Centiva and Tandus (now owned by Tarkett), and Kemp Harr, discuss the companies' four Best of NeoCon awards at this year's show. Listen to the interview to find out how Centiva and Tandus are being integrated into Tarkett to take advantage of the broad product line, and some hints about a mysterious new product the company plans to launch.


Susan McCullough and Byron Morton with MMPI Discuss How NeoCon Fits into the Mart's Business Plan

June 11, 2013—Susan McCullough (Senior VP) and Byron Morton (VP of Leasing) with Merchandise Mart Properties, and Kemp Harr, discuss the NeoCon show as it continues in Chicago. Listen to the interview to find out about color, texture and innovation in new commercial products at the show. Also find out about Google's major presence in the Merchandise Mart building through its Motorola Mobility division.


John Wells Discusses the Highlights of Interface's Neocon Message for 2013

June 10, 2013—John Wells, President of Interface Americas, and Kemp Harr, talk about the NeoCon trade show before Monday's opening. Listen to the interview to hear about Interface's product called Net Effect, which uses recycled fishing nets that have been abandoned and pose hazards to ocean life. In addition, John talks about Interface's second global launch.


Santo Torcivia Discusses His Economic Outlook and the Recently Published U.S. FlooReport

June 7, 2013—Santo Torcivia, an Economist with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Santo's latest edition of the U.S. FlooReport—an annual 400 page publication that provides a thorough analysis of where the flooring market is today and where it is headed. Listen to the interview to hear the economic premise behind Santo's forecast and a few of the highlights related to share and channel shift.


Collin Burry With Gensler Discusses the Benefits of Attending NeoCon in Chicago

June 6, 2013—Collin Burry, Princeiple with Gensler in San Francisco, and Kemp Harr, discuss how he gets the most out of NeoCon in Chicago each year. Listen to the interview to hear more about Collin's practice and the value he gets out of attending NeoCon every year.


Tom Borders and Rick Moon Discuss Propex Carpet Backing Expansion News

June 5, 2013—Tom Borders, Business Director for carpet Backing, and Rick Moon, Account Executive, discuss Propex's recent announcement that they are expanding their backing facility in Hazelhurst, Georgia to satisfy the increasing demand for their Isis primary backing. Isis is a woven primary backing that is specifically designed as a tufting foundation for modular carpet. Listen to the interview for more details.