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.


Scott Perron Discusses Big Bob's Flooring Outlet's Annual Convention

June 23, 2014—Scott Perron, President of Big Bob's Flooring Outlet, and Kemp Harr, discuss this national floorcovering retail franchise organization's upcoming meeting held this week in Kansas City. Listen to the interview to hear how these stores position themselves in the marketplace as well as their plans for their annual convention.


Michel Vermette Discusses The Mohawk Group's Message at NeoCon 2014

June 20, 2014—Michel Vermette, SVP/GM of The Mohawk Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk's success at NeoConn with the introduction of several new carpet and LVT collections. Listen to the interview to hear the highlights of Mohawk's experience at the annual NeoCon even in Chicago.


David Sheehan and Lindsay Wilson Discuss Mannington Commercial's Intersected Collection at NeoCon

June 19, 2014—David Sheehan, VP of Commercial Hard Surface with Mannington; Lindsay Wilson, Principal with Corgan; and Kemp Harr, discuss the two firms' collaboration on Intersected—an LVT collection launched under the Amtico brand at NeoCon. Listen to the interview to hear more about the collection and about Mannington's experience at NeoCon.


Barbara Haaksma Discusses Milliken's Silver Broadloom Award at NeoCon

June 18, 2014—Barbara Haaksma, Milliken's VP of Corporate Marketing, and Kemp Harr, discuss two of Milliken's featured products at NeoCon which were designed by Cresta Bledsoe. Dissemblage, a coarsely woven "hybrid" carpet, won the Silver broadloom carpet award. Listen to the interview for more details and to hear more about personnel changes in Milliken's flooring business.


Reesie Duncan Discusses Shaw Contract's Award Winning Products at NeoCon

June 17, 2014—Reesie Duncan, Creative Director with Shaw Contract Group (SCG), and Kemp Harr,discuss the stories behind Shaw's award winning products at NeoCon. Listen to the interview to hear the inspiration behind Design Journey and Collective Time as well as Reesie's commentary on Shaw's Color Sense—SCG's new study on color and design trends.


Russ Rogg and Harlan Stone Discuss the Metroflor Launch of the Aspecta Brand

June 16, 2014—Russ Rogg and Harlan Stone, President and CEO of Metroflor Contract (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the launch of the Aspecta brand for Metroflor's commercial grade LVT products. Listen to the interview (recorded at NeoCon) to hear more about the aesthetics, performance and sustainability characteristics of this new product line.


Mike Amburgey Discusses Beaulieu's Shift to Regional Family Meetings in 2015

June 13, 2014—Mike Amburgey, Chief Marketing Officer at Beaulieu America, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's plan to move to regionally based "Dealer Family Reunions" for the launch of the company's 2015 residential products. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mike Amburgey and the strategy behind this decision.


Pam Rainey Discusses Patcraft's Award Winning Mixed Materials Collection

June 12, 2014—Pam Rainey, Creative Director with Patcraft, and Kemp Harr, discuss Patcraft's Mixed Materials collection, which won a Gold award at NeoCon in the Modular Carpet category. Listen to the interview, recorded this week in Chicago, to hear more about this collection, which integrates LVT with carpet using interesting shapes.


Leigh Przyborski Discusses Tandus Centiva's Gold Best of NeoCon Award

June 11, 2014—Leigh Przyborski, Director of Product Development for Tandus Centiva, and Kemp Harr,discuss the company's Best of NeoCon award for its abstract LVT product called Substrate. Listen to the interview to find out how the product was designed and developed, as well as details about the look and feel of the product.


Ralph Grogan Discusses Bentley Mills' NeoCon Message

June 10, 2014—Ralph Grogan, President of Bentley Mills, and Kemp Harr, discuss Bentley's participation in this week's NeoCon trade show in Chicago. Listen to the interview to find out how bullish Grogan is about business conditions this year, as well as some details about Bentley's new carpet collections and the company's eye-catching booth at the show.

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