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.

Victoria Redshaw Discusses Her Retail Merchandising Workshop at Surfaces East in Miami

September 26, 2014—Victoria Redshaw, Trend Forecaster with Scarlet Opus, and Kemp Harr, discuss her classroom and workshop event centered on incorporating fashion into retail merchandising and window displays. Listen to the interview to hear about this fun event and how it helps retailers attract more customers.

Armondo Cafiero Discusses the Cersaie Global Tile Show in Italy

September 25, 2014—Armondo Cafiero, General Manager of the Ceramic Industry Trade Association of Italy, and Kemp Harr, discuss the 32nd annual Cersaie International Tile exhibition going on now in Bologna, Italy. Listen to the interview to hear about attendance at the show, the role of Italian leadership in the ceramic industry, and some of the architectural and cultural presentations and seminars at Cersaie.

Donald Maier Discusses Armstrong's Product and Channel Strategy Under His Leadership

September 24, 2014—Donald Maier, CEO of Armstrong Flooring Products, and Kemp Harr, discuss Don's background and his product and channel strategy moving forward. Listen to the interview to hear more about the new leader of Armstrong's flooring business and the company's deliberate efforts to shift more of its manufacturing closer to its customer base.

Lew Migliore Discusses Solutions that Could Solve the Installation Labor Issue

September 23, 2014—Lew Migliore, with LGM and Associates, and Kemp Harr, discuss the rising issue of not having enough trained floorcovering installers to handle the rising work load. Listen to the interview to hear Lew give his perspective in this increasingly urgent issue.

Peter Spirer Discusses the Name Change from Max Windsor to Max Woods

September 18, 2014—Peter Spirer, Principal with Max Woods, and Kemp Harr, discuss the name change from Max Windsor to Max Woods. Listen to the interview to hear more about Peter's channel and product strategy.

Kermit Baker Discusses the AIA Index and a Recent Housing Study Related to the Aging Population

September 16, 2014—Kermit Baker, a Harvard economist who tracks Architectural Billing and Housing, and Kemp Harr, discuss the American Institute of Architects Billing Index—which is stronger than its been in many years—and a recent housing study that shows the current inventory of homes in the U.S. is inadequate for meeting the needs of the surging population of elderly home owners. Listen to the interview for more details. 

Allison Rea Discusses Where Flooring Contractors Should Focus their Marketing Efforts

September 12, 2014—Allison Rea, Director of Marketing for the FEI Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss FloorExpo's marketing effort for its flooring contractor members. Listen to the interview to find out how the group views marketing through social media as well as Internet marketing in general.

Rick Forbes Discusses Roy Lomas Selection as Member of Year

September 11, 2014—Rick Forbes, Partner with Roy Lomas Carpets and Hardwood, and Kemp Harr,discuss this flooring contractor's FloorExpo member of the year award in the home builder sector. Listen to the interview to hear more about his business based in Harleysville, Pennsylvania.

Phil Schrimper Discusses JP Flooring's Business in West Chester, Ohio

September 10, 2014—Phil Schrimper, Owner of JP Flooring in West Chester/Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kemp Harr, discuss the balance of Phil's floorcovering business between retail, builder and commercial. Listen to the interview to hear more about Phil's business sectors and his mix shift between hard and soft surfaces. This interview was recorded at the FloorExpo meeting in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Dave Gheesling Discusses the FEI Group's Annual Meeting

September 9, 2014—Dave Gheesling, CEO with the FEI Group (formerly FloorExpo), and Kemp Harr, discuss a few of the key issues that this group of flooring contractors is facing and the highlights of its annual meeting being held this week on the north end of Lake Tahoe. Listen to the interview to hear more details.