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.


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.


Jonathan Witt with OW Rugs Discusses This Week's High Point Furniture Show

October 22, 2013—Jonathan Witt, VP with OW Rugs, and Kemp Harr, discuss the traffic and tone at this week's High Point Furniture show. Listen to the interview to hear more about how this show is coming back to life, about macro conditions that are increasing area rug sales, and a little more about Oriental Weavers' background.


Bob Peoples Discusses Next Week's CARE Meeting and AB 2398

October 18, 2013—Bob Peoples, Executive Director with CARE, and Kemp Harr, discuss CARE's entrepreneur meeting scheduled for next week in Atlanta and the status of the revised plan for California's AB 2398 Carpet Stewardship program which currently collects $.05 per yard on all new carpet sales to reward programs that keep carpet out of the state's landfills. Listen to the interview for more details.


Cheryl Duvall Discusses the Highlights of NeoCon East 2013 in Baltimore

October 17, 2013—Cheryl Duvall, President with Avancé, and Kemp Harr, discuss the show traffic at NeoCon East despite the lack of government attendees. Listen to the interview to hear Cheryl talk about the highlights of the show.


Christine Neufeld Discusses LSI Floors Shift to Direct Distribution in the U.S.

October 16, 2013—Christine Neufeld, Director of Marketing with LSI Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss LSI's recent shift to a direct to market channel strategy. Listen to the interview to hear more about this decision and a few more details about LSI Floors' approach to the commercial LVT market.


Kermit Baker Discusses the Economic Outlook for the Commercial Construction Market

October 14, 2013—Kermit Baker, an economist with the American Institute of Architecture, and Kemp Harr,discuss the momentum of the AIA's billing index, which has been positive for a sustained period of a year now. Listen to the interview to hear Kermit talk about his economic outlook for construction growth both near term and into the future. Kermit also briefly discusses energy, on-shoring and the government shutdown.