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.

Dan Pelton Discusses W.F. Taylor Headquarters' Move to Dalton, Georgia

June 23, 2016—Dan Pelton, the newly appointed CEO of W.F. Taylor, and Kemp Harr discuss Taylor's decision to move its headquarters from Fontana, California to Dalton, Georgia and the firm's strategy moving forward. Listen to the interview to hear more about Dan and Taylor's plans for future growth.

John Stephens Discusses Shaw Contract's 2016 NeoCon Awards and Experience

June 21, 2016—John Stephens, VP of Marketing for Shaw Contract, and Kemp Harr discuss his brand's NeoCon awards and the overall traffic and experience at NeoCon 2016. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show and about Modern Edit, Configure and Extraordinary.

Joe Parry Discusses Universal Fibers' NeoCon Awards and New Thrive Fiber

June 20, 2016—Joe Parry, VP of Marketing with Universal Fibers, and Kemp Harr discuss Universal Fibers' new Thrive fiber that won a Gold best of NeoCon award. Listen to the interview to hear more about this nylon 6,6 fiber with a high level of recycled content and also hear about how the Chicago office of Gensler has created an award winning NeoCon booth for three years in a row.

Todd van der Kruik and Sherry Dreger Discuss Bentley Mills' (Los)t Angeles Theme at NeoCon

June 17, 2016—Todd van der Kruik and Sherry Dreger, VP Design and VP Marketing (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss Bentley Mills' (Los)t Angeles theme, recent growth, continued investment and new product introductions. Listen to the interview which was recorded at NeoCon 2016.

Terry Mowers Discusses Tarkett's NeoCon 2016 Product Awards

June 16, 2016—Terry Mowers, VP of Product Development for Tarkett North America, and Kemp Harr discuss Tarkett's two gold NeoCon awards and two innovation awards that were spread across hard surfaces, broadloom and modular carpet. The winning products are Infinies, Mesto Configuration and Open Archive.

Jay Gould and Matt Miller Discuss Interface's Climate Take-Back Initiative and NeoCon 2016

June 15, 2016—Jay Gould and Matt Miller, President and Coo of Interface and President of Interface Americas (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss Interface's new Climate Take-Back Initiative and the World Woven carpet tile collection that won a Best of NeoCon silver award. Listen to the interview to hear more about these topics and Matt's new role at Interface.

Natalie Jones and Roby Isaac Discuss Mannington Commercial's NeoCon Product Awards

June 14, 2016—Natalie Jones and Roby Isaac, VP of Marketing and Director of Commercial Design (respectively), and Kemp Harr discuss Mannington Commercial's product awards at NeoCon 2016 in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mannington's Infused and Divergent collections and other details about the show.

Dave Caples With i2o Group Discusses Dixie's Avant Project

June 13, 2016—Dave Caples, a principal with i2o Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the development and launch of Dixie's Avant brand which will be displayed at NeoCon in the Masland Contract booth. The Avant carpet styles were designed by artisan designers. Listen to the interview for more details about this three year engagement.

Tom Marquardt with HDR Discusses His Approach to Working NeoCon

June 10, 2016—Tom Marquardt, Interior Design Principal with HDR in Chicago, and Kemp Harr discuss Tom's transition to HDR and his approach to working the NeoCon show in Chicago. Listen to the interview for more details and to hear more about the pace of design work in Chicago.

Brad Levesque Discusses French Brothers Flooring Business and Shaw's 360 Tour

June 9, 2016—Brad Levesque, co-owner of French Brothers Flooring in the San Francisco Bay area, and Kemp Harr briefly discuss this family-owned, second generation flooring dealer and Brad's perception of Shaw Industries after participating in the firm's 360 tour.

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