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.


Brian Carson and Tom Lape Discuss Mohawk's New Continuum Process PET Carpet Fiber

September 23, 2013—Brian Carson, President, and Tom Lape, Director of Sales and Marketing, respectively for Mohawk Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's $180 million investment in its P.E.T. process, called Continuum, a new technology. It's the company's major investment in polyester carpet fiber, which is continuing to take share. Listen to the interview to find out what makes Continuum different and will help differentiate Mohawk products in the marketplace.


Dave Snedeker Discusses Recent Growth at NFM and Expansion Plans in Dallas

September 19, 2013—Dave Snedecker, Division Merchandise Manager with Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr,discuss the success of the company's flooring sales in the Midwest. Listen to the interview to hear that carpet sales are better than expected and how that segment is contributing to double-digit growth this year. In addition, Dave talks about the company's fourth store under construction in Dallas.


Thomas Trissl Discusses TMT America's Acquisition of HPS America

September 18, 2013—Thomas Trissl, Owner of TMT America, discusses his new company and its recent decision to acquire HPS America. Watch the video to see Thomas talk about his success with Centiva, his continued passion for the floorcovering business and more details about the Schönox brand.


Phil Koufidakis Discusses the Health of the NFA Membership from its Fall Meeting In Boston

September 17, 2013—Phil Koufidakis, president of the National Floorcovering Alliance and principal of Baker Brothers, and Kemp Harr, discuss changes at the association and how more members are involved in specific tasks. Listen to the interview to hear how the organization helps its members market themselves through various brand programs. This interview was recorded at the organization's fall meeting in Boston.


Jon Pierce Discusses His Recipe for Success As a Floorcovering Dealer in Montana

September 16, 2013—Jon Pierce, General Manager of Pierce Flooring in Montana, and Kemp Harr, talk about the business and how it has been affected by fracking activity in the area. Listen to the interview to find out what's selling in his area, how Pierce develops store traffic and creates awareness through unique events, and Pierce's aggressive approach to consumer financing. This interview was recorded at the National Floorcovering Alliance fall meeting in Boston.


Charles Monroe Discusses CMC's New Products at FloorTek

September 13, 2013—Charles Monroe, CEO of Card-Monroe, the producer of colorPoint tufting machines, and Kemp Harr, discuss the firm's latest technology and how it will influence carpet styling, especially for the residential market. Listen to the interview, recorded at the FloorTek show in Dalton, to learn more about the company's strategy and how it sees current business conditions.


Scott Humphrey Discusses his First 5 months with the WFCA

September 12, 2013—Scott Humphrey, CEO with the WFCA, discusses his first 5 months as the head of the WFCA. Listen to the interview to hear Scott talk about what he's been working on and what he hopes to accomplish as the WFCA's new leader.


Randy Gillespie Discusses Expanko Purchase by RPM International

September 11, 2013—Randy Gillespie, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Expanko, and Kemp Harr, discuss the purchase of the company by RPM International, a $4 billion public company that owns more than 200 brands like Rustoleum. Listen to the interview to learn about the history of Expanko and how the company will operate and grow under new ownership. The company had over $12 million in sales last year.


Amie Gilmore Discusses Hanley Wood's Two New Flooring Events

September 10, 2013—Amie Gilmore, Associate Show Director of Hanley Wood, and Kemp Harr, discuss the news that Hanley Wood, owner of the Surfaces trade show, is planning two new shows dedicated to flooring. One, TileExpo, will run alongside the current Surfaces show and put more focus on ceramic and porcelain tile. The second, the International Surfaces Event east, will be held next fall in Miami.


Stan Bouckaert Discusses Beaulieu's New LVT Program

September 5, 2013—Stan Bouckaert, Director of Hard Surface at Beaulieu, and Kemp Harr, discuss Beaulieu's recent announcement that the company is launching a line of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products for the retail market. Listen to the interview to hear more about the strategy around this decision, about the products themselves, and how this new category will fit within the company's existing carpet business.