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.


Jim Walker Discusses the Lack of Trained Floorcovering Installers

December 16, 2013—Jim Walker, CEO with the Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), and Kemp Harr, discuss some of the key issues the industry is facing with regard to having enough trained installers. Listen to the interview to hear Jim talk about the lack of adequately trained installers, the status of the S600 carpet installation guidelines, and the government regulations regarding subcontractor status and healthcare insurance.


Tom Lape Discusses Mohawk Expansion and the Residential Market

December 13, 2013—Tom Lape, President of Mohawk's residential business, and Kemp Harr, talk about the state of the residential market and where the strength of the market lies. Listen to the interview to find out where Mohawk has had its recent success, and information about its recently announced expansion plans. Also hear more details about the company's Continuum program, and products it is rolling out to its aligned dealers.


Collin Burry Discusses His Induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame

December 11, 2013—Collin Burry, Design Director for Gensler San Francisco, and Kemp Harr, discuss Burry's induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Listen to the interview to find out details about Burry's background and how his career evolved from a youth in Canada. Also, find out about the lients Burry has worked for, such as Apple and Pixar.


John Baugh Discusses His Outloook on the Market Conditions for Floorcovering

December 9, 2013—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus (a Wall Street analyst that focuses on the interior furnishings markets), and Kemp Harr discuss John's perspective on where the floorcovering market stands today from an investment perspective. Listen to the interview to hear John talk about the stock market overall and his outlook for 2014.


Catherine Minervini Discusses Hall of Fame and Best of Year Design Awards

December 6, 2013—Catherine Minervini, owner of Green Owl Studio, and Kemp Harr, discuss all of the activities surrounding the Interior Design Hall of Fame inductions and the Best of Year (BOY) awards held this week in New York. Listen to the interview to hear the highlights of both events.


Jay Flynn Discusses the Bridgeway Interactive Meeting Held Recently in Napa

December 3, 2013—Jay Flynn, VP of Sales and Marketing with Bridgeway Interactive, and Kemp Harr, discuss how this technology provider has adapted to develop new tools for its customers in the single family builder market. Bridgeway held its 13th annual meeting in the wine country of California in November. In attendance were flooring manufacturers, contractors and builders who focus on the builder market.


Bob Thompson Discusses NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award

November 27, 2013—Bob Thompson, formerly of J.J. Haines, and Kemp Harr, talk about Bob's Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors. Listen to the interview to find out details about Bob's background in the flooring industry and how he achieved success in the distribution business.


Pierre Thabet on How Mirage's Focus on Quality Earned Him the NAFCD Lifetime Acheivement Award

November 26, 2013—Pierre Thabet, President of Boa-Franc, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mirage's 30th anniversary and the brand's reputation for quality. Pierre was recognized at the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) meeting with a Lifetime Achievement award which he attributes to the company's reputation for quality.


George Bandy Discusses Interface's Message at Greenbuild and His Role as Chairman of the USGBC

November 25, 2013—George Bandy, VP of Sustainability for Interface, and Kemp Harr, discuss Interface's sustainability message at Greenbuild and George's focus as he takes the role as chairman of the USGBC. Listen to the interview for more details.


Wanda Dunaway, with Shaw Contract, Discusses the Changes in LEED with V4

November 22, 2013—Wanda Dunaway, Market Segment Director with Shaw Contract, and Kemp Harr, discuss the recent changes in the LEED certification with the roll out of V4 which went into effect at Greenbuild this week. Listen to the interview to hear Wanda (who has LEED AP accreditation) tell our listeners how these changes will impact floorcovering companies.



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