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.

Jeanne Matson on the Highlights of Starnet's 2014 Fall Meeting

October 13, 2014—Jeanne Matson, President of Starnet, and Kemp Harr, discuss a few highlights from this group of commercial flooring contractor's fall meeting, held this weekend in Denver, Colorado. Listen to the interview to hear about business conditions, seminar topics and other details.

Alena Capra Discusses Designing with Tile

October 9, 2014—Alena Capra, an Interior Designer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Kemp Harr, discuss her experience specifying tile in her clients' homes in south Florida, as well as her new role as ambassador to the Coverings 2015 expo. Listen to the interview to hear more about her role with the largest tile show in the U.S.

John Bonney Discusses Karndean's Executive Team Changes

October 8, 2014—John Bonney, VP of Sales for Karndean, and Kemp Harr, discuss the LVT market, Karndean's focus and recent changes to the company's executive management team. Listen to the interview for more details.

Joe Yarbrough Discusses the Focus for His Recent Trip to Washington, DC

October 6, 2014—Joe Yarbrough, President of CRI, and Kemp Harr, discuss Joe's recent meetings with congressional representatives on the Hill. Listen to the interview to hear more about Joe's purpose for making the trip and some of the key discussion points.

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.