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.


Amy Jaekel Discusses OW Hospitality's Axminster Introduction at the HD Expo

May 22, 2013—Amy Jaekel, U.S. Style Leader at OW Hospitality, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss OW's Watercolor Axminster carpet introduction at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about Watercolor and about Amy's background in textile design.


Don Coates on Brintons Recovery as the Market Leader in Axminister Carpet with the help of Carlyle

May 20, 2013—Don Coates, Managing Director for Brintons, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Brinton's turnaround from a family-owned, bankrupt company who is now recovering and growing with the help of the Carlyle Group. Listen to the interview from the floor of the Hospitality Design show in Vegas to hear more details about how the company turned itself around.


Lee Blair and Mark Page Talk about Durkan's Growth in the Hospitality Market

May 17, 2013—Lee Blair and Mark Page, the Global Head of Hospitality and Sr. Director of Color and Design at Durkan respectively, and Kemp Harr, talk about market conditions and carpet trends in the hospitality market. Listen to the interview, recorded earlier this week at the HD show in Vegas, for more details.


Sam Barry Discusses Shaw Hospitality's Booth and Market Trends

May 16, 2013—Sam Barry, Director of Marketing with Shaw Hospitality, and Kemp Harr, discuss the recent market trends in the hospitality market as the economy recovers, and Shaw Hospitality's award winning booth space. Listen to the interview, recorded the first day of the HD Expo in Las Vegas, to hear more details.


Patty Miller With Premier Distributing Discusses Coverings from a Distributor's Perspective

May 14, 2013-Patty Miller, Area Sales Manager with Premier Distributing, and Kemp Harr, discuss her perspective of the Coverings expo. Listen to the interview (recorded at Coverings 2013 in Atlanta) not only to hear Patty talk about the show but also about how she interacts with her retailer customers in the field.


Ralph Grogan Discusses the Strategy Behind Bentley's Name Change

May 13, 2013—Ralph Grogan, President and CEO of Bentley, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the strategy behind the decision to change the company's name from Bentley Prince Street to Bentley. Listen to the interview for details and to hear more about Bentley's personnel additions.


Jack Thomasson Discusses the HGTV Smart Home with Shaw's Floorcovering

May 10, 2013—Jack Thomasson, Professional Home Planner with HGTV, and Kemp Harr, discuss the recently completed HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Listen to the interview to hear what makes it a "smart" home and hear more details about the Shaw Flooring that is used throughout the house.


Karin Fendrich Discusses the Coverings Expo's Attendance and Target Audience

May 9, 2013—Karin Fendrich, Show Manager for the Coverings Expo, and Kemp Harr, discuss the show's performance in Atlanta. This interview was recorded last week at the show and Karin gives an overview of the show's size, scope and who that target from an attendance standpoint.


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.