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.


Lew Migliore Discusses the Evolution of Polyester Carpet from Its Early Days

August 16, 2013—Lew Migliore, Principal with LGM and Associates, and Kemp Harr, discuss the improvements that have been made to polyester carpet since its first introduction in the 1970s. Listen to the interview to hear Lew talk about its performance properties and where it fits in the residential carpet market.


Dan Natkin with Mannington Gives an Update on the Chinese Wood Anti-Dumping Case

August 14, 2013—Dan Natkin, Director of Hardwood and Laminate for Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr, discuss the latest activity on the anti-dumping tariffs for engineered hardwood manufactured in China. Listen to the interview to hear Dan talk about what will be decided in the next 45 days and how the tariffs have impacted the marketplace.


Ed Keller Discusses Bob's Carpet Mart and Mohawk's Smart Solutions Brand

August 13, 2013—Ed Keller, Executive VP with Bob's Carpet Mart, and Kemp Harr, discuss Bob's 15 store retail operation based out of Tampa Bay, Florida. Listen to the interview to hear Ed talk about how the business is doing this year and about the Smart Solutions hard surface program that Mohawk is offering the NFA members.


Cathy Buchanan Discusses Her Double Digit Retail Growth in 2013

August 12, 2013—Cathy Buchanan, Operations Manager with Independent Carpet One in Westland, Michigan, and Kemp Harr, discuss why her business has experienced double digit growth in 2013. Listen to the interview to hear about what's selling, who's buying, how she builds store traffic and more details about the independent flooring retailer's rapid growth.


Eileen Shapiro Discusses Her Decision to Retire from Carpet One

August 8, 2013—Eileen Shapiro, Sr. VP of Operations for Carpet One, and Kemp Harr, discuss Eileen's 22-year history with Carpet One and her decision to retire. Listen to the interview to hear how her career evolved as Carpet One grew from 130 members to 900.


Dan Frierson Discusses The Dixie Group's Q2 Results

August 7, 2013—Dan Frierson, Chairman of The Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss The Dixie Group's (DXYN) second quarter performance. Listen to the interview to hear more about market conditions and what decisions Dixie made five years ago that is enabling them to outpace the market in revenue growth.


Bob Wagner Discusses L Fishman's Acquisition of Sobol Sales in Northern Ohio

August 6, 2013—Bob Wagner, CEO and Chairman of Fishman Flooring Solutions, and Kemp Harr, discuss his recent acquisition of Sobol Sales in Northern Ohio. Listen to the interview to hear how this flooring distributor—which now services a ten state area—has continued to grow both organically and through acquisition by focusing primarily on the installation side of the business. Some of Fishman's key lines are Johnsonite and Ardex.


Stu Chapman and Ingrid Smith Discuss the Just Shorn Wool Carpet Program with CCA Global

August 5, 2013—Stuart Chapman and Ingrid Smith with the New Zealand Just Shorn wool carpet program talk to Kemp Harr, about how well the program is doing since its inception 4 years ago. Just Shorn is an exclusive New Zealand wool carpet program that included 25 styles manufactured by Godfrey Hurst and the Dixie Group. Listen to the interview to hear that the brand now has over 500 displays in retail stores throughout the U.S. Ingrid holds the world record for sheep sheering.


Terry Wheat Talks About RFMS' Latest Innovation for Floorcovering Retailers

August 2, 2013—Terry Wheat, CEO and owner of RFMS, and Kemp Harr, discuss RFMS' latest cloud based software development called In-Home Solutions that enables a floorcovering retailer to close a floorcovering order at the consumer's home at the time of measurement—drastically reducing the cycle time between initial store visit and finished installation. Some industry pundits have reported that Home Depot has recently shortened its order cycle time with a new measuring system and Terry states in this interview that the RFMS solution is even quicker. Listen to the interview for more details.


Eric Demaree Discuss Carpet One's Summer Convention

August 1, 2013—Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One, and Kemp Harr, discuss how the 900 Carpet One members are doing as the economy continues to recover. Listen to the interview to hear what's selling, who's buying and a few of the highlights from Carpet One's summer convention.