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.


Tom Smith Discusses Imola's Growth Strategy at Coverings

May 8, 2013—Tom Smith, President of Imola North America, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's growth strategy and progress since the company started focusing on growing its North American business. Recorded from the Coverings Expo in the booth that ultimately ended up winning the best of show award, Tom gives an update on Imola's brand strategy and market sector focus.


James Lesslie Discusses Engineered Floor's Expansion News

May 7, 2013—James Lesslie, Assistant to the Chairman at Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss Engineered Floor's recent announcement that they plan to invest $450 million over the next five years in new carpet manufacturing and distribution facilities in Northwest Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear details about where this investment will be focused.


Hector Narvaez Discusses Marazzi's Focus for 2013 Post Acquisition

May 6, 2013—Hector Narvaez, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing at Marazzi USA, and Kemp Harr, discuss the early stages of integration, now that the Marazzi Group is part of Mohawk Industries. Listen to the interview, which was recorded last week at Coverings 2013 in Atlanta, to hear more about what Marazzi has to offer for 2013.


Lindsey Waldrep and Noah Chitty Discuss Two New Programs with Crossville Tile

May 3, 2013—Lindsey Ann Waldrep, VP of Marketing for Crossville; Noah Chitty, Director of Technical Services at Crossville; and Kemp Harr, talk about Crossville's new upscale retail program complete with training and three display options. Recorded at Coverings 2013 in Atlanta, GA, they also discuss Crossville's Hydrotect antimicrobial tile treatment technology they are rolling out in partnership with TOTO.


Enzo Mularoni Discusses Del Conca's New Tile Plant in Knoxville Tennessee

May 2, 2013—Enzo Mularoni, President of Del Conca, and Kemp Harr, discuss Del Conca's new porcelain tile plant which is under construction in Loudon County outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Listen to the interview which was recorded on the expo floor of Coverings to hear more about this Italian based company, its core business and its new products.


Donato Grosser Discusses the Growth of the U.S. Tile Market

May 1, 2013—Recorded at Coverings 2013 in Atlanta, GA, Donato Grosser, Consultant to the Italian Ceramics Association, and Kemp Harr, talk about the housing market recovery and its affect on the consumption of ceramic tile. Listen to the interview to hear Donato's predictions for the future of the tile industry, how and where tile is being used in today's market and his thoughts on the recent acquisition of Italian tile producer Marazzi by Mohawk Industries.


Bob Peoples Discusses CARE's Accomplishments in the Last Year

April 30, 2013—Dr. Bob Peoples, executive director of Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and Kemp Harr, discuss last week's annual CARE meeting at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa. Listen to hear about some of the highlights of the meeting, who was in attendance and statistical numbers around CARE's goal to reduce the amount of carpet that ends up in our nation's landfills. Specifically, Bob talks about CARE's Annual Report, issues around polyester carpet recycling and progress on California's AB2398 (the CA fund created to minimize the carpet going to CA landfills).


Jeanne Matson Discusses the Highlights of Starnet's Spring Meeting

April 29, 2013—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet Worldwide (the largest group of commercial flooring contractors in the U.S.), and Kemp Harr, talk about the Spring Meeting and what Starnet members have been doing to remain successful during the economic downturn. Recorded in Pal Desert, CA, Jeanne and Kemp discuss some of the highlights of the meeting and some key initiatives for the group in 2013.


Brandon Culpepper Discusses Mohawk Home's New Area Rug Strategy for Growth

April 26, 2013—Brandon Culpepper, Vice President of Specialty Sales of Mohawk Home, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk Home's business strategy around the Karastan and American Rug Craftsman brands. Listen to the interview to hear more about what Mohawk Home is doing and what independent flooring retailers can do to successfully compete in the rug market.


Kermit Baker Presents an Optimistic Outlook for the Housing and Commercial Flooring Markets

April 25, 2013—Kermit Baker, Economist with the Joint Center for Housing Studies and the American Institute of Architecture, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the favorable outlook for 2013 in the housing market. Listen to the interview for more details and also hear Kermit talk about the recent AIA billing index.