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.


Lindsey Waldrep and Noah Chitty Discuss Two New Programs with Crossville Tile

May 3, 2013—Lindsey Ann Waldrep, VP of Marketing for Crossville; Noah Chitty, Director of Technical Services at Crossville; and Kemp Harr, talk about Crossville's new upscale retail program complete with training and three display options. Recorded at Coverings 2013 in Atlanta, GA, they also discuss Crossville's Hydrotect antimicrobial tile treatment technology they are rolling out in partnership with TOTO.


Enzo Mularoni Discusses Del Conca's New Tile Plant in Knoxville Tennessee

May 2, 2013—Enzo Mularoni, President of Del Conca, and Kemp Harr, discuss Del Conca's new porcelain tile plant which is under construction in Loudon County outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Listen to the interview which was recorded on the expo floor of Coverings to hear more about this Italian based company, its core business and its new products.


Donato Grosser Discusses the Growth of the U.S. Tile Market

May 1, 2013—Recorded at Coverings 2013 in Atlanta, GA, Donato Grosser, Consultant to the Italian Ceramics Association, and Kemp Harr, talk about the housing market recovery and its affect on the consumption of ceramic tile. Listen to the interview to hear Donato's predictions for the future of the tile industry, how and where tile is being used in today's market and his thoughts on the recent acquisition of Italian tile producer Marazzi by Mohawk Industries.


Bob Peoples Discusses CARE's Accomplishments in the Last Year

April 30, 2013—Dr. Bob Peoples, executive director of Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and Kemp Harr, discuss last week's annual CARE meeting at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa. Listen to hear about some of the highlights of the meeting, who was in attendance and statistical numbers around CARE's goal to reduce the amount of carpet that ends up in our nation's landfills. Specifically, Bob talks about CARE's Annual Report, issues around polyester carpet recycling and progress on California's AB2398 (the CA fund created to minimize the carpet going to CA landfills).


Jeanne Matson Discusses the Highlights of Starnet's Spring Meeting

April 29, 2013—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet Worldwide (the largest group of commercial flooring contractors in the U.S.), and Kemp Harr, talk about the Spring Meeting and what Starnet members have been doing to remain successful during the economic downturn. Recorded in Pal Desert, CA, Jeanne and Kemp discuss some of the highlights of the meeting and some key initiatives for the group in 2013.


Brandon Culpepper Discusses Mohawk Home's New Area Rug Strategy for Growth

April 26, 2013—Brandon Culpepper, Vice President of Specialty Sales of Mohawk Home, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk Home's business strategy around the Karastan and American Rug Craftsman brands. Listen to the interview to hear more about what Mohawk Home is doing and what independent flooring retailers can do to successfully compete in the rug market.


Kermit Baker Presents an Optimistic Outlook for the Housing and Commercial Flooring Markets

April 25, 2013—Kermit Baker, Economist with the Joint Center for Housing Studies and the American Institute of Architecture, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the favorable outlook for 2013 in the housing market. Listen to the interview for more details and also hear Kermit talk about the recent AIA billing index.


Elise Demboski Provides an Overview of Mohawk's Recent License to Spill Events for Smart Strand

April 24, 2013—Elise Demboski, VP of Creative Services for Mohawk, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's latest round of promotions for its proprietary Smart Strand carpet centered around the theme of License to Spill. Listen to the interview to hear the strategy behind this nationwide 12 city tour that puts emphasis on the carpet's stain free properties.


Jim Dion Discusses His Two Education Workshops at Coverings 2013

April 23, 2013—Jim Dion, a Retail Consultant, and Kemp Harr, discuss the two workshops he is scheduled to give at Coverings in Atlanta next week. Listen to the interview to hear Jim talk about how the current economy is affecting retail conditions and a brief review of the two workshops titled: "What every retailer can learn from Apple," and "The psychology of price and why it matters."


Neil Poland Discusses Mullican's Manufacturing Expansion in Johnson City Tennessee

April 19, 2013—Neil Poland, President and CEO of Mullican Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mullican's new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johnson City Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear how Mullican has been able to move the majority of its engineered hardwood manufacturing back to the USA and is able to produce it on a lower cost basis. Also hear Neil talk abut hardwood pricing and his outlook for the near future.