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.


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.


Buddy Jones Discusses His FloorTek Seminar on Hiring the Right Talent

September 4, 2013—Buddy Jones, Owner of E. Jones and Associates, and Kemp Harr, discuss the seminar he is giving next week at the FloorTek Expo in Dalton, Georgia. The topic of his talk is "Hiring the right talent" and will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 11 at the Northwest Georgia Convention Center. Listen to the interview to hear more about Buddy's area of expertise and what you will learn at this brief seminar. FloorTek starts next week on Tuesday and runs through Thursday. Details on this even and other classes can be found at www.floor-tek.com.


Santo Torcivia Discusses the Declining Number of Floor Covering Stores

September 3, 2013—Santo Torcivia, the Economist with Market Insights LLC, and Kemp Harr, discuss the U.S. Census data which reported that the number of floorcovering stores in the U.S. dropped from 14,592 in 2006 to 11,858 in 2011. Listen to the interview to hear Santo discuss what this data tells us and where the threats are today for the independent floorcovering retailer.


Scott Alwine Discusses Tate Access Flooring and Interface Carpet

August 28, 2012—Scott Alwine, Marketing Manager for Tate, and Kemp Harr, discuss the benefits of raised access panel flooring and the news last week that Tate is now working with Interface as a supplier for its PosiTile carpet. Listen to the interview for more details on both topics.


John Baugh Discusses the Current Performance of the Publicly Traded Flooring Companies

August 26, 2013—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr, discuss the current performance of the publicly traded flooring companies. Listen to the interview to hear more details about Mohawk, Armstrong, and Interface as well as John's outlook on what factors to keep an eye on to gauge how the 3rd and 4th quarters could end up for the flooring business.


Jim Walker Discusses Today's Installation Issues and CFI's 20th Meeting

August 22, 2013—Jim Walker, Founder and CEO of Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), and Kemp Harr,discuss today's kick-off of the CFI's 20th annual meeting in Baltimore. Listen to the interview to hear Jim talk about some of the manpower issues the industry is facing as floorcovering sales are ramping back up.



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