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.


Allen Clouse Discusses Star Flooring and Decorating's Progressive Retail Sales Strategy

April 9, 2013—Allen Clouse, Director of Retail Sales for Star Flooring and Decorating with two flooring stores in Wichita and Oklahoma City, and Kemp Harr, talk about the progressive business strategy that Star Decorating is using to distinguish itself in the retail flooring arena. One of the more interesting aspects of this strategy is Star's RSA compensation change. Listen to the interview to hear more about the unique and successful model that Star is practicing. Recorded at the NFA Spring meeting in Beaver Creek, CO.


Phil Koufidakis Discusses the Highlights of the Spring NFA Meeting

April 8, 2013—Phil Koufidakis, Principal with Baker Brothers in Phoenix, AZ and President of the National Floorcovering Alliance, and Kemp Harr, discuss his challenges and goals as the new president of the NFA. Listen to the interview to hear about market conditions in Phoenix and more details about this years spring meeting in Beaver Creek, CO.


Rick Holden Discusses the Highlights of the Annual NWFA Meeting in Dallas

April 4, 2013—Rick Holden, Chairman of the Board of the National Wood Flooring Association, and Kemp Harr, talk about the success of this year's NWFA convention in Dallas, the growth of the show, and how the NWFA has changed in recent years to better serve its members.


Dan Hendrix Discusses Interface's 40th Anniversary and Its Vision for the Future

April 2, 2013—Dan Hendrix, CEO of Interface, and Kemp Harr, discuss Interface's 40th anniversary this week, its heritage and plans for the future. Listen to the interview for more details plus an update on Buckminster Institute and Australia.


Jim Walker Discusses the New S600 Carpet Installation Standard

March 28, 2013—Jim Walker, founder of the CFI (Certified Floorcovering Installer), and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the status of the new S600 carpet installation standard which, is nearing completion. Listen to the interview to hear more details of where we are in the process and a few of Jim's concerns on the implementation of the new standard.


Scott Humphrey Discusses His Appointment as CEO of the WFCA

March 26, 2013—Scott Humphrey, The newly appointed CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and Kemp Harr discuss his decision to make the career move to lead the WFCA. Listen to the interview to hear more about Scott and this decision.


Jack Mishkin Discusses His Career and Fight Against Cancer

March 22, 2013—Jack Mishkin, Owner of J-Mish Carpet and one of the most renowned designers of high-end broadloom carpet, and Kemp Harr, discuss Jack's background in the carpet industry and his recent diagnosis with cancer. Listen to the interview to hear more details about his health and future plans for J-Mish.


Steve Silverman Discusses The Recent Abbey and Floors To Go Conventions

March 20, 2013—Steve Silverman, President and COO with Abbey and Floors to Go, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the two back to back conventions they held in early March in Orlando. Listen to the interview to hear Steve talk about the size of these businesses today, a few highlights from the meeting and a few of their new supply partners.


Cheryl Durst Discusses IIDA's Focus and Changes at NeoCon for 2013

March 19, 2013—Cheryl Durst, Executive VP and CEO of IIDA, and Kemp Harr, discuss some of the changes in location for many of the key flooring exhibitors at NeoCon 2013 in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear more about this and what the IIDA is focusing on as the commercial market continues to recover from the recession.


John Baugh Discusses 2012 Year-End Performance of Publicly Traded Flooring Companies

March 18, 2013—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss the 2012 year-end numbers for Mohawk, Interface and Armstrong. Listen to the interview for more details plus hear John talk about his outlook for the remainder of 2013.