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.

Beaulieu Rolls out Ultra-Soft Indulgence Nylon Carpet at Surfaces

February 11, 2013—Beaulieu's Ralph Boe (CEO), and Gary Fisher (Executive VP of Marketing), talk with Kemp Harr about their new Indulgence collection of ultra-soft solution dyed nylon carpets. Watch the video to hear more about this new collection and how Beaulieu plans to position it to the female consumer. Beaulieu has done a great job of pulling together the seven item assortment that doesn't require a huge space commitment on the retail floor. Gary is new with Beaulieu and plans to raise the company's visibility with consumers.

Piet Dossche Discusses Coretec Plus and the Other New 2013 Products with USFloors

February 8, 2013—Piet Dossche, President and CEO with USFloors, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss USFloors' new Coretec Plus LVT collection—one of the most unique and innovative products introduced at Surfaces this year. Watch the video to find out more and hear more about USFloors' approach to the floorcovering market.

Mannington Leadership Discusses Surfaces 2013 Business, Product and Design Strategy

February 7, 2013—Kim Holm (President), Ed Duncan (VP of Marketing), and Joe Amato (VP of Design), talk to Kemp Harr about the business, product and design strategy for Mannington in 2013. Once again, Mannington has interesting new products in all five hard surface categories and an aggressive growth plan. Watch the 9 minute video for more details.

Erinn Valencich Discusses How She Interacts with Consumers on Behalf of Quick-Step

February 5, 2013—Erinn Valencich, Celebrity Designer, and Kemp Harr, discuss her role as spokesperson for Quick-Step and where she recommends consumers use this brand of laminate flooring, which is focused on the independent retail sales channel. Watch the interview to see Erinn talk about how she helps consumers select the right Quick-Step flooring.

Michael Vogel on CYS's Success at Surfaces and the Evolution of Digital Marketing with Retailers

February 4, 2013—Michael Vogel, CEO with Creating Your Space, and Kemp Harr, discuss the evolution of digital marketing among floorcovering retailers, CYS's customer base and the type of services CYS is offering that is helping them grow their business.

Kermit Baker Discusses the Commercial Construction and Residential Housing Outlook

February 1, 2013—Kermit Baker, a Harvard Economist who focuses on both the commercial construction and housing markets, and Kemp Harr, discuss the December Architectural Billings Index and a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies on the size of the remodeling market. Listen to the interview to hear where we are on the road to recovery in both sectors that impact the demand for floorcovering.

Mara Villanueva Heras on Armstrong's New Products at Surfaces

January 31, 2013—Mara Villanueva Heras, Vice President of Residential Marketing at Armstrong, and Kemp Harr, discuss new products the company introduced at the Surfaces trade show. Listen to the interview to hear about Armstrong's striking new laminate and vinyl tile visuals featuring high end looks and more sizes. Also, find out what's new in hardwood flooring.

Dave Snedeker Provides a Business Update on Nebraska Furniture Mart

January 29, 2013—(Recorded the day before Surfaces) Dave Snedeker, Division Merchandise Manager over flooring at Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr, talk about how the major Midwest retailer uses aggressive advertising, pricing, and a large selection of products to drive shoppers into its stores. Listen to the interview to hear why flooring sales are up substantially over the last six months and how LVT sales have grown 40% over last year.

Rick McConnell Discusses the Decision to Move Surfaces to Align with Builder Show in 2015

January 25, 2013—Rick McConnell, President with Hanley Wood Exhibitions, and Kemp Harr, discuss today's news that Surfaces will be coordinating its schedule to align with the NAHB Builder Show in 2015 to create on big mega event in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the Design Construction Week that will take place January 21 to 23, 2015.

Melissa Murphy Discusses Her Retail Business in Columbia, Mo., and the Shaw Meeting

January 23, 2013—Kemp Harr and Melissa Murphy (Design Center Manager at Johnson Paint and Decorating in Columbia, MO), talk about this retailer's approach to selling fashion from a large, single store, decorating center. Recorded at the Shaw Flooring Network Convention in Orlando, Kemp and Melissa talk about the optimistic outlook for 2013 and about some of the interesting products being rolled out at this convention.