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.


Jeff Hamar Discusses the Strategy Behind Galleher's Rapid Growth

November 14, 2013—Jeff Hamar, President of flooring distributor Galleher, and Kemp Harr, talk about the history of the company and the recent growth of the business. Listen to the interview to find out how the company survived through the downturn and has positioned itself to appeal to the high end ($5 million-plus) of the California housing market, and how the company attacks different channels.


Chris Ramey Discusses Ways in Which Retailers Can Capture the Attention of the Affluent Consumer

November 13, 2013—Chris Ramey of Affluent Insights, and Kemp Harr, discuss who is considered to be affluent today and how those consumers affect the floorcovering industry. Listen to the interview to find out why the value proposition of flooring, not cost, is key to selling to this group. Find out the importance of focusing on a customer's lifestyle rather than on the transaction, as well as the things a company can do to appeal to the upper income customer.


Jay Smith Discusses the Multi-Family and Single Family Builder Markets

November 12, 2013—Jay Smith, President of Floor Expo (FEI Group), and Kemp Harr, discuss the stable multi-family housing market and recovering single-family builder market. Jay has just returned from his annual meeting and was armed with the latest statistics from his members. Floor Expo is a membership organization of floor contractors who focus on these two sectors. Listen to the interview for more details.


Dan Frierson Discusses The Dixie Group's Exceptional Q3 Performance

November 11, 2013—Dan Frierson, Chairman of The Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss Dixie's revenue and earnings growth as reported 2 weeks ago in its investor conference call. Listen to the interview to hear Dan discuss why he thinks Dixie is outpacing the market for growth in both the residential and commercial floorcovering sectors. Also hear Dan say that he thinks the industry will see growth for at least the next two years.


Gary Johnston Discusses Stainmaster's PetProtect Carpet and Cushion System

November 8, 2013—Gary Johnston, Manager of the Stainmaster Brand with Invista, and Kemp Harr, talk about the launch of Stainmaster's PetProtect carpet and cushion system. Hear how Invista is positioning their solution dyed nylon carpet fiber for use in homes that have pets. Gary tells us that over half the homes in America now have pets. Listen to the interview for more details.


Andrea Greenleaf Discusses the New Royalty Carpet Mill Under Her Leadership

November 7, 2013—Andrea Greenleaf, President and CEO with Royalty, and Kemp Harr, discuss the changes she is implementing with Royalty, Camelot and Pacificrest since taking the helm of this west coast carpet mill in April. Listen to the interview to hear more details of Andrea's plans for Royalty plus a little background on the company.


Ron Lee Discusses Fuse Alliance's Expansion into Canada

November 5, 2013—Ron Lee, Executive Director of Fuse Commercial Flooring Alliance, and Kemp Harr, discuss Fuse's expansion into Canada with the addition of RGO Flooring in Calgary and Tri-Can Contract in Ontario. Listen to the interview to hear more about why Fuse decided to expand into Canada, their growth in the U.S., Fuse's business development efforts and current market conditions.


Lew Migliore Discusses His Outlook for Market Conditions in the Floorcovering Business

November 1, 2011—Lew Migliore, President of LGM and Associates, and Kemp Harr, discuss the recent earnings report from Mohawk and Dixie and his outlook for where the floorcovering market stands today and for the remainder of the year. Listen to the interview for more details.


Jeanne Matson Discusses Starnet's Fall Meeting This Week in New Orleans

October 24, 2013—Jeanne Matson, President of Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss commercial market conditions and trends as the year draws to a close. Listen to the interview to find out which parts of the commercial market are growing the quickest, as well as some details about the group's fall meeting in New Orleans this week and its emphasis on marketing.


Paul Cleary and Carrie Glasscock Announce Mohawk's Susan G. Komen Pink Day

October 23, 2013—Paul Cleary, Sr. VP - Commercial West with The Mohawk Group and Carrie Glasscock, Director of Corporate Relations with the Susan G. Komen Foundation announce the Passionately Pink day scheduled for this Friday, October 25. Listen to the interview to hear about the tie-in with Instagram (#specifyforacure) and Mohawk's ongoing support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation which has raised $5 million in the last 12 years.