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.

Dean Thompson Discusses the Contributing Factors to the Rapid Growth of LVT

August 17, 2015—Dean Thompson, President of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), and Kemp Harr discuss the size and growth rate of the Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) market and why it is one of the fastest growing categories in the flooring business. Listen to the interview for more details.

Chip Hartzog and Marcel Bornheim Discuss Oerlikon's New Dalton Service Center

August 14, 2015—Chip Hartzog and Marcel Bornheim, Oerlikon's President-USA and VP Customer Service (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss the ribbon cutting of Oerlikon's Dalton service center. Listen to the interview to hear more about Oerlikon and the purpose for this new Dalton location.

Gary Johnston Discusses Stainmaster Top Dog Competition

August 13, 2015—Gary Johnston, Marketing Director for Stainmaster, and Kemp Harr discuss Invista's Stainmaster Carpet Top Dog Competition which runs for two months starting in September. In this competition, flooring retailers who grow their Stainmaster carpet sales by the highest percentage will win designation as the Top Dog and their sales associates will receive prizes. Listen to the interview for more details and also hear about Invista's national consumer advertising plans.

John McGrath Discusses Install's Solution for the Flooring Installation Labor Issue

August 12, 2015—John McGrath, Director with Install, and Kemp Harr discuss what the organization is and what Install is doing to solve the flooring industry's issues around having enough trained floorcovering installers to satisfy the demand.

Rick Morris Discusses USF Contract's Commercial Business and Support of Nicholas House in Atlanta

August 10, 2015—Rick Morris, VP of Sales Commercial, for USF Contract, and Kemp Harr discuss Rick's new role at the commercial division of US Floors, his decision to join the company and a recent charity event held last week in Atlanta at the Nicholas House. Listen to the interview to hear about the business and a unique branding idea that replaces trade show giveaway items.

Mitch Dancik Discusses the Sale of Dancik International to UK based Kerridge Commercial Systems

August 7, 2015—Mitch Dancik, Founder of Dancik International, and Kemp Harr discuss Dancik's acquisition by UK based Kerridge Commercial Systems. Listen to the interview to hear how the firms differ and how they complement each other and what this will mean to Dancik's North American Flooring software business.

Karen Bellinger Discusses the Strategy Behind the Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest

August 6, 2015—Karen Bellinger, VP of Business Development for HPS Schönox, and Kemp Harr discuss the second annual Man Versus Floor Worst Subfloor in North America contest and the smooth performance award. Listen to the interview to hear the strategy behind the worst subfloor contest and the firm's best distributor award that was recently awarded to CDC based in Cincinnati.

Dan Frierson Discusses The Dixie Group's Performance Versus the Market

August 5, 2014—Dan Frierson, Chairman of The Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's performance in relationship to the market numbers. Listen to the interview to hear Dan talk about Dixie's sweet spot and challenges, his outlook moving forward and hear a brief discussion about Bob Shaw's news yesterday that he's building a carpet tile plant.

Jim Curtin Discusses Surya's Rug Business and Rug Trends

July 31, 2015—Jim Curtain, VP of Sales, National Accounts for Surya Rug, and Kemp Harr, discuss Surya's presence at the Atlanta Rug Market, Surya's growth, trends in the rug market and how independent floorcovering retailers should approach the area rug business.

Kermit Baker Discusses his Outlook for Economic Growth in the Housing & Commercial Building Sectors

July 30—Kermit Baker, a Harvard Economist that tracks the housing and commercial building markets, and Kemp Harr, discuss June's stellar Architectural Billing Index and the slow but steady growth in the housing market. Listen to the interview to hear Kermit forecast that we'll see a 15% increase in the housing market for 2015 plus other factors effecting the economy.