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.

John Baugh Discusses the First Quarter and his 2014 Outlook

May 27, 2014—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr, discuss the causes for the economic dip in the first quarter and John's outlook for the remainder of the year. John also talks about a recent trip he took to Europe to tour Mohawk's Unilin and Marazzi businesses. Listen to the interview for more details.


Brendan McSheehy Discusses CARE's Accomplishments and Challenges

May 22, 2014—Brendan McSheehy, VP of Innovation and Sustainability at Universal Fibers and Chairman of the Board for CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort), and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss CARE's challenges in its 12th year and its health as the organization focuses on keeping post-consumer carpet out of the nations' landfills. Listen to the interview for more details.



Jonathan Young Discusses the Hospitality Sector and OW's Roger Thomas Collaboration

May 20, 2014—Jonathan Young, Global Sales Director with OW Hospitality, and Kemp Harr, discuss trends in the hospitality market, the HD Expo and OW's Roger Thomas collection called Custom Tailored. Listen to the interview for more details.

Dave Thoresen Discusses Durkan's LVT Award at HD Expo

May 16, 2014—Dave Thoresen, Sr. VP Commercial Resilient Business with Mohawk/Durkan, and Kemp Harr, discuss Durkan's IIDA award in the resilient category for Hot and Heavy. Listen to the interview for more details.

Maria Scott Discusses Shaw Hospitality's Carpet Award at HD Expo

May 15, 2014—Maria Scott, Design Manager for Shaw Hospitality, and Kemp Harr, discuss Shaw's IIDA Excellence Award for carpet at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Listen to the interview for more details.

Larry Jones and Paul Lieske Discuss Memories of Jack Mishkin

May 14, 2014—Larry Jones and Paul Lieske, two of Jack Mishkin's close friends and business associates, discuss their memories of what made Jack so unique and gifted. Jack, who contributed to the success at four carpet mills (Hollytex, Bentley, Monterey and J-Mish), died last week of Mesothelioma (at age 67). was a truly great carpet designer. Listen to the interview for more details.

David Sheehan and Natalie Jones Discuss Mannington's LVT Expansion in Madison, Georgia

May 13, 2014—David Sheehan and Natalie Jones, VP of Hard Surface and VP of Marketing (respectively) with Mannington Commercial, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mannington's $50 million investment in the Amtico LVT plant in Madison, Georgia. Upon completion, this investment will quadruple the capacity, double the footprint and bring over 200 new jobs to the area. Listen to the interview to hear Mannington's goal of producing all its LVT here in the U.S. plus hear about their new service guarantee that only a domestic supplier could offer.

Barclay Payne and Rick Moon Discuss Mattex USA's New Domestic Backing Plant

May 12, 2014—Barclay Payne and Rick Moon with Mattex USA, Managing Director and Sales Manager (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss Mattex's $60 million backing facility that will produce primary and secondary backing in Chatsworth, GA. Listen to the interview to hear more details about this Saudi Arabian company's investment here in the U.S. and the products it manufactures.

Thomas Holland Discusses the Key Challenges that CARE Members are Facing

May 9, 2014—Recorded at the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Annual Meeting in Seattle. Thomas Holland, President of Corporate Floors and Texas Carpet and Construction Recycling, based in Grapevine, Texas, and Kemp Harr, discuss Thomas' recognition as the CARE Person of the Year and some of the key issues CARE is facing. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how CARE is addressing the used carpet that today has little, if any, post-use value.

NAHB Economist David Crowe Discusses His Call for the Housing Market

May 8, 2014—David Crowe, Chief Economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss David's optimistic outlook for the housing market. Listen to the interview to hear more about GDP growth, household formation numbers, the disconnect between new home sales and existing home sales, and more factors that influence this outlook.