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.


David Koenig Discusses Crossville's Acquistion of Contempo in Utah and Idaho

April 8, 2016—David Koenig, VP and GM of Crossville Tile and Stone, and Kemp Harr discuss Crossville's recent acquisition of Contempo, the leading tile and stone distributor in Utah. Listen to the interview to hear more about Contempo's fit within Crossville's network of company-owned showroom locations, which now totals 35.


Don Maier Discusses Armstrong Flooring's Plans for Growth Now with a Singular Focus on Flooring

April 6, 2016—Don Maier, President and CEO of Armstrong Flooring Inc., and Kemp Harr discuss the growth strategy for this brand new publicly traded (AFI) flooring company with new leadership and a singular floorcovering focus. Listen to the interview to hear more about the new company's focus on innovation as a differentiator.


Brendan Dowdall Discusses his Digital Concrete Moisture Testing Invention

April 5, 2016—Brendan Dowdall, Founder of Concrete Sensors, and Kemp Harr discuss Brendan's patented invention which could revolutionize how new construction slab moisture is monitored in the future. Listen to the interview for more details.


Alena Capra Discusses the Highlights of this year's Coverings Expo in Chicago

April 4, 2016—Alena Capra, Spokesperson for the Coverings Show, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights for the annual Coverings Expo which starts in two weeks at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show and its keynote speakers, design showcases as well as hear more about Alena Capri Design's business momentum.


Doug Young with Schönox Discusses the Global Shop Show in Las Vegas

March 29, 2016—Doug Young, EVP with HPS Schönox, and Kemp Harr talk about last week's Global Shop Expo in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about this show and why Schönox goes every year.


Kermit Baker Discusses the Architectural Billing Index and the Housing Market

March 24, 2016 — Kermit Baker, a Harvard economist, and Kemp Harr, discuss the February Architectural Billing Index and the Joint Center for Housing Studies remodel activity (LIRA) report. Listen to the interview to hear Baker talk about the momentum in commercial construction business as well as in the housing market.


Mark Woodman Discusses His Role on the Surfaces Education Advisory Board

March 23, 2016—Mark Woodman, Owner of Mark Woodman Design and Color, and Kemp Harrdiscuss Mark's role on the Surfaces Education Advisory Board. Listen to the interview to hear Mark talk about the role of fashion in the interaction between retailers and consumers.


Bob Peoples Discusses the Impact of Low Oil Prices on Carpet Recycling Economics

March 22, 2016—Bob Peoples, Executive Director of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and Kemp Harr discuss the issues that CARE is focused on in light of the lower value of recycled plastic due to the lower price of oil. Listen to the interview for more information and to hear the latest news on California's AB 2398 EPR legislation. 


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

March 21, 2016—Ron Dunn, President and Co-CEO of Alliance Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss the retail buying group's recent annual meeting held in Tucson, Arizona. Listen to the interview to hear Ron talk about the optimistic tone within the members and other meeting highlights. 


Geoff Gordon and Mike Hutton Discuss the Annual Fuse Alliance Meeting

March 17, 2016—Geoff Gordon, Executive Director of Fuse Alliance; Mike Hutton, VP of Fuse Commercial; and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of the Fuse Alliance meeting held this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the issues and topics that this group of commercial flooring contractors focused on at their annual meeting.

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