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.

Cheryl Durst Discusses IIDA's Focus and Changes at NeoCon for 2013

March 19, 2013—Cheryl Durst, Executive VP and CEO of IIDA, and Kemp Harr, discuss some of the changes in location for many of the key flooring exhibitors at NeoCon 2013 in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear more about this and what the IIDA is focusing on as the commercial market continues to recover from the recession.

John Baugh Discusses 2012 Year-End Performance of Publicly Traded Flooring Companies

March 18, 2013—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the 2012 year-end numbers for Mohawk, Interface and Armstrong. Listen to the interview for more details plus hear John talk about his outlook for the remainder of 2013.

Beaulieu Discusses Its New Partnership with the March of Dimes

March 15, 2013—Ralph Boe, CEO with Beaulieu, and Chad Royal-Pascoe with the March of Dimes, discuss Beaulieu's decision to support the March of Dimes "Imbornto" campaign in May and June of this year. As part of this relationship, Beaulieu will contribute $.50 a yard for every yard of Indulgence sold during that period. Listen to the interview for more details.

Jonathan Trivers Offers Flooring Retailers Great Advice Now that the Economy is Recovering

March 14, 2013—Jonathan Trivers, a well known adviser for the retail floorcovering market, and Kemp Harr, discuss the specific steps that retailers should be making to take advantage of where we are in the economy today. There is excellent advice in this interview for all floorcovering retailers to consider. (This interview is 13 minutes long, but worth the time for retailers.)

Don Finkell Discusses the Highlights of His Leadership in the Hardwood Business

March 13, 2013—Don Finkell, who recently retired from 33 years in the hardwood business working for Anderson and Shaw, looks back on the highlights of his career. Listen to the interview to hear Don talk about key accomplishments and his outlook on this industry as a career opportunity.

Darius Helm Discusses Revestir Brazilian Tile Show

March 12, 2013—Darius Helm, Senior Editor with Floor Focus Magazine, and Kemp Harr, discuss the Revestir ceramic tile expo held last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Listen to the interview to hear Darius talk about the size and scope of the show as well as some of the fashion trends.

Ron Lee Discusses the Key Initiatives for Fuse Alliance for 2013

March 8, 2013—(Recorded at the 2013 Fuse Alliance Annual Meeting at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA) Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, talks to Ron Lee, Executive Director of the Fuse Alliance Network, about the group's core initiatives for 2013 and the growth of this network of commercial flooring contractors. Listen to the interview to hear more details about this network and about their annual meeting.

Ralph Grogan Discusses His Strategy as CEO with Bentley Prince Street

March 7, 2013—Ralph Grogan, President and CEO with Bentley Prince Street, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Ralph's recent appointment to lead Bentley Prince Street and the initial steps he is taking to move the company in the right direction. Listen to the interview to hear more details about a few of the team members and where their paths have crossed in the past.

Jerry Millsaps Discusses Pilot Floor Covering's Retail Business in North Carolina

March 4, 2013—Jerry Millsaps, the second generation owner of Pilot Floor Covering in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area, and Kemp Harr, discuss Pilot's business and Jerry's outlook for business in 2013. Listen to the interview for more details.

John MacLellan Discusses Broadway's Retail Business in Knoxville

February 28, 2013—John MacLellan, a partner at Broadway Carpets in Knoxville, and Kemp Harr, discuss his store traffic, product mix and outlook on 2013. Listen to the interview to hear more on this and John's buying habits and perspective on ultra-soft carpets.