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.

Bob Peoples Discusses Effect West Coast Port Slowdown is Having on Carpet Recycling

February 20, 2014—Bob Peoples, Executive Director with CARE, and Kemp Harr, discuss issues that carpet recyclers are running into as a result of the west coast shipping port delays. Listen to the interview to hear more about this plus a quick update on changes to California's AB 2398 and the new funding from the industry's VPS program.

Bart Bettiga Discusses Why Coverings Show is So Important to Tile Industry

February 17, 2015—Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and Kemp Harr, discuss this year's Coverings show scheduled for April 14 to 17 in Orlando. The NTCA is one of the five owners of this show. Listen to the interview to hear details about why everyone in the tile and stone industry needs to attend this show.

Randy Weis Discusses His 25 Years of Successful Growth as a Commercial Flooring Contractor

February 13, 2015—Randy Weis, Owner of RD Weis, a commercial flooring contractor in the northeast, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's recent 25-year celebration. Listen to the interview to hear Randy talk about his success and challenges as he continues to grow his business. Randy has focused on hiring the right people and providing services in areas where the company can control its own destiny.

Erinn Valencich Discusses Residential Flooring Trends from Surfaces 2015

February 12, 2015—Erinn Valencich, a celebrity interior designer, and Kemp Harr, discuss shifts in consumer preference that is affecting the types of flooring products that home owners are choosing. Watch the video for more details.

Howard Brodsky Discusses Upcoming New York Gala to Benefit FCIF

February 11, 2015—Howard Brodsky, Co-CEO of CCA Global and Chairman of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), and Kemp Harr, discuss the upcoming FCIF Gala scheduled for March 21 in New York City. This event, which only happens every eight years, has been known to attract most of the floorcovering industry's leadership and their spouses. Please listen to the interview and plan to attend this can't miss fundraiser, which will be held this year at the Waldorf Astoria.

Trey Thames Discusses Shaw's "Awesome Dealer" Convention and New Product Highlights

February 10, 2015—Trey Thames, VP of Marketing for Shaw's residential business, and Kemp Harr, discuss Shaw's biennial aligned dealer convention which took place in Orlando in late January. Listen to the interview to hear the highlights of the meeting as well as feedback on what Shaw's dealers are most interested in this year from a new product standpoint.

Piet Dossche Discusses CoreTec's Notice of Allowance for Patent Protection

February 9, 2015—Piet Dossche, President and CEO of USFloors, and Kemp Harr, discuss the patent notice of allowance that the firm has been awarded for its CoreTec product. Listen to the interview for more information on this product's unique characteristics and why USFloors has filed for a patent.

Thomas Trissl Discusses the Continued Market Acceptance of Schönox's Self Leveling System

Recorded at Surfaces: February 6, 2015—Thomas Trissl, Principal of HPS Schönox, and Kemp Harr, discuss the continued market penetration of Schönox's floor prep products, why the products are so easy to use, and a few details about his Worst Subfloor in North America Contest. Watch the video for more details.

Piet Dossche Discusses CoreTec Patent and US Floors' 2015 Products and Displays

February 5, 2015—Piet Dossche, President and CEO of US Floors, discusses his pursuit of patent protection for the CoreTec product line as well as upgrades that the firm has made in its existing displays and product lines. This interview was recorded at Surfaces 2015 in Las Vegas and the firm was granted a patent for CoreTec last week.

Roger Farabee Discusses Quick-Step's Product Introductions at Surfaces 2015

January 4, 2015—Roger Farabee, SVP of Marketing for Quick-Step, and Kemp Harr, discuss the firm's new laminate products introduced at Surfaces 2015. Watch the video to see the new products inspired by the consumer's desire for furniture grade visuals. Also hear Roger talk about laminate's fit within the residential flooring market.