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.

Vinnie Virga Discusses His Retail Real Estate Ownership Strategy

October 3, 2014—Vinnie Virga, Owner of five Big Bob's Outlet stores in New England, and Kemp Harr,discuss Vinnie's strategy around owning vs. renting his real estate. Listen to the interview to hear more about this and to hear an update on market conditions for retail flooring sales in New England.

Sam Roberts Discusses the NFA Meeting from Maui, Hawaii

October 2, 2014—Sam Roberts, Owner of Robert's Carpet and Fine Floors in Houston, Texas (and also a former president of the NFA), and Kemp Harr, discuss the fall NFA meeting held this week in Maui, Hawaii. Listen to the interview to hear Sam talk about the membership's revenue growth this year, their near-term outlook and learn who was elected to lead the NFA for the next two years.

Dan Frierson Discusses Dixie's Acquisition of Burtco Enterprises

September 30, 2014—Dan Frierson, Chairman of the Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss Dixie's latest acquisition of Burtco Enterprises (known for the last 5 years as B-Carpet). Listen to the interview to hear more about how this acquisition fits into Dixie's operation plus hear Dan give us an update on current market conditions in the carpet sector.

Victoria Redshaw Discusses Her Retail Merchandising Workshop at Surfaces East in Miami

September 26, 2014—Victoria Redshaw, Trend Forecaster with Scarlet Opus, and Kemp Harr, discuss her classroom and workshop event centered on incorporating fashion into retail merchandising and window displays. Listen to the interview to hear about this fun event and how it helps retailers attract more customers.

Armondo Cafiero Discusses the Cersaie Global Tile Show in Italy

September 25, 2014—Armondo Cafiero, General Manager of the Ceramic Industry Trade Association of Italy, and Kemp Harr, discuss the 32nd annual Cersaie International Tile exhibition going on now in Bologna, Italy. Listen to the interview to hear about attendance at the show, the role of Italian leadership in the ceramic industry, and some of the architectural and cultural presentations and seminars at Cersaie.

Donald Maier Discusses Armstrong's Product and Channel Strategy Under His Leadership

September 24, 2014—Donald Maier, CEO of Armstrong Flooring Products, and Kemp Harr, discuss Don's background and his product and channel strategy moving forward. Listen to the interview to hear more about the new leader of Armstrong's flooring business and the company's deliberate efforts to shift more of its manufacturing closer to its customer base.

Lew Migliore Discusses Solutions that Could Solve the Installation Labor Issue

September 23, 2014—Lew Migliore, with LGM and Associates, and Kemp Harr, discuss the rising issue of not having enough trained floorcovering installers to handle the rising work load. Listen to the interview to hear Lew give his perspective in this increasingly urgent issue.

Peter Spirer Discusses the Name Change from Max Windsor to Max Woods

September 18, 2014—Peter Spirer, Principal with Max Woods, and Kemp Harr, discuss the name change from Max Windsor to Max Woods. Listen to the interview to hear more about Peter's channel and product strategy.

Kermit Baker Discusses the AIA Index and a Recent Housing Study Related to the Aging Population

September 16, 2014—Kermit Baker, a Harvard economist who tracks Architectural Billing and Housing, and Kemp Harr, discuss the American Institute of Architects Billing Index—which is stronger than its been in many years—and a recent housing study that shows the current inventory of homes in the U.S. is inadequate for meeting the needs of the surging population of elderly home owners. Listen to the interview for more details. 

Allison Rea Discusses Where Flooring Contractors Should Focus their Marketing Efforts

September 12, 2014—Allison Rea, Director of Marketing for the FEI Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss FloorExpo's marketing effort for its flooring contractor members. Listen to the interview to find out how the group views marketing through social media as well as Internet marketing in general.