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.

Thomas Smith Discusses Imola's Market Fit as an Italian Tile Producer

April 21, 2015—Thomas Smith, President of Imola North America, and Kemp Harr, discuss the firm's focus on fashion and design and how the shift in the currency exchange rate between the dollar and the Euro will give them more of a competitive advantage here in the U.S. Listen to the interview to hear more and a little information on the company's new products at Coverings 2015.

Jeanne Matson Discusses the Highlights of Starnet's Spring Meeting in Tucscon

April 20, 2015—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet, and Kemp Harr, talk about Starnet's Spring meeting attendance, the outlook for growth in 2015, the co-ops new strategic account initiative and the annual design awards. Listen to the interview for more details.

Lindsey Waldrep Discusses Crossville's message from Coverings 2015

April 17, 2015, Recorded at the Crossville Tile booth at Coverings 2015 in Orlando, FL—Lindsey Ann Waldrep, VP of Marketing with Crossville, and Kemp Harr, discuss the current business climate and talk about some of the new product offerings from Crossville. Listen to the interview to hear about Crossville's message at Coverings and to learn more about the new Crossville President Elect, Greg Mather.

John Turner Discusses Dal-Tile's Size Scope and Growth in the Global Tile Market

April 16, 2015—Recorded from the show floor at Coverings 2015 in Orlando, John Turner, President of Dal-Tile, and Kemp Harr, discuss Dal-Tile's marketshare, growth and brand positions strategy. Listen to the interview to hear about this and for more details about their new plant in Dickson, TN.

Donato Grosser on the Dynamics That will Determine if the US Tile Business Will Grow in 2015

April 15, 2015, (Recorded at Coverings 2015)—Donato Grosser, well known international tile consultant with D. Grosser and Associates, and Kemp Harr, discuss some of the factors driving the growth of the tile industry. Listen to the interview to hear more about U.S. and Italian tile developments and the evolution of this industry.

Carrie Seifert Discusses Her Focus on Design as a Successful Floorcovering Retailer

April 14, 2015 (Recorded in Orlando, Florida, at the Surfaces Advisory Council Meeting)—Kemp Harr interviews Carrie Seifert, President of Diversified Flooring Design Center of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Kemp and Carrie talk about how business is going for the first quarter of 2015 and about Diversified Flooring's approach to creating design solutions for customers. Listen to the interview to hear more about this design oriented flooring store.

Chip DeGrace Discusses a New Report about the Benefit of Biophilic Design

April 10, 2015—Chip DeGrace, Executive Creative Director with interface, and Kemp Harr, discuss a new Human Spaces report that quantifies the benefit of biophillic design in the workplace. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how this international study gives designers the information they need to justify building designs that integrate natural light, indoor plants and other natural settings. The report is available online at

Dave Snedeker Discusses Nebraska Furniture Mart's Flooring Strategy at the New Dallas Store

April 9, 2015—Dave Snedeker, Flooring Merchandise Manager for Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr, discuss NFM's 40,000 square foot flooring department at its new store in The Colony, Texas. Listen to the interview to hear details about how the department is set up for success. This interview was conducted at the Charity Gala event held at the store during its soft opening.

Dan Natkin Discusses the Maturity Stage of Laminate Flooring

April 8, 2015—Dan Natkin, Senior Director of Residential Products with Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth potential for laminate flooring in light of the recent surge in LVT coupled with negative press from the Lumber Liquidators formaldehyde levels. Listen to the interview to hear Dan talk about the right fit for laminate flooring in the consumer's home and the ongoing growth potential.

Jenny Cross Discusses Mohawk's Solar Energy and Other Sustainability Initiatives

April 2, 2015—Jenny Cross, VP of Sustainability for Mohawk Industries, and Kemp Harr, discuss this morning's ribbon cutting on a solar energy array on Mohawk's Summerville, Georgia Continuum plant. Listen to the interview to hear more about this event, plus get an update on where sustainability fits within Mohawk's global initiatives.