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.


Ron Dunn Discusses the Highlights of Alliance Flooring's Meeting in Orlando

April 11, 2013—Ron Dunn, Co-CEO with Alliance Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss the group's annual meeting held a few weeks ago in Orlando. Listen to the interview to hear details about the speakers, award winners and about two best practices books the group has published called "Proven Way".


Elena Grant Discusses the Upcoming Coverings Expo in Atlanta

April 10, 2013—Elena Grant, VP of Marketing for the Coverings Expo, and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights for the upcoming Coverings Expo scheduled for April 29 to May 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear how the show has developed attractive programs for distributors, retailers, designers and installers.


Allen Clouse Discusses Star Flooring and Decorating's Progressive Retail Sales Strategy

April 9, 2013—Allen Clouse, Director of Retail Sales for Star Flooring and Decorating with two flooring stores in Wichita and Oklahoma City, and Kemp Harr, talk about the progressive business strategy that Star Decorating is using to distinguish itself in the retail flooring arena. One of the more interesting aspects of this strategy is Star's RSA compensation change. Listen to the interview to hear more about the unique and successful model that Star is practicing. Recorded at the NFA Spring meeting in Beaver Creek, CO.


Phil Koufidakis Discusses the Highlights of the Spring NFA Meeting

April 8, 2013—Phil Koufidakis, Principal with Baker Brothers in Phoenix, AZ and President of the National Floorcovering Alliance, and Kemp Harr, discuss his challenges and goals as the new president of the NFA. Listen to the interview to hear about market conditions in Phoenix and more details about this years spring meeting in Beaver Creek, CO.


Rick Holden Discusses the Highlights of the Annual NWFA Meeting in Dallas

April 4, 2013—Rick Holden, Chairman of the Board of the National Wood Flooring Association, and Kemp Harr, talk about the success of this year's NWFA convention in Dallas, the growth of the show, and how the NWFA has changed in recent years to better serve its members.


Dan Hendrix Discusses Interface's 40th Anniversary and Its Vision for the Future

April 2, 2013—Dan Hendrix, CEO of Interface, and Kemp Harr, discuss Interface's 40th anniversary this week, its heritage and plans for the future. Listen to the interview for more details plus an update on Buckminster Institute and Australia.


Jim Walker Discusses the New S600 Carpet Installation Standard

March 28, 2013—Jim Walker, founder of the CFI (Certified Floorcovering Installer), and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the status of the new S600 carpet installation standard which, is nearing completion. Listen to the interview to hear more details of where we are in the process and a few of Jim's concerns on the implementation of the new standard.


Scott Humphrey Discusses His Appointment as CEO of the WFCA

March 26, 2013—Scott Humphrey, The newly appointed CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and Kemp Harr discuss his decision to make the career move to lead the WFCA. Listen to the interview to hear more about Scott and this decision.


Jack Mishkin Discusses His Career and Fight Against Cancer

March 22, 2013—Jack Mishkin, Owner of J-Mish Carpet and one of the most renowned designers of high-end broadloom carpet, and Kemp Harr, discuss Jack's background in the carpet industry and his recent diagnosis with cancer. Listen to the interview to hear more details about his health and future plans for J-Mish.


Steve Silverman Discusses The Recent Abbey and Floors To Go Conventions

March 20, 2013—Steve Silverman, President and COO with Abbey and Floors to Go, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the two back to back conventions they held in early March in Orlando. Listen to the interview to hear Steve talk about the size of these businesses today, a few highlights from the meeting and a few of their new supply partners.