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.

Michael Martin Discusses the Hardwood Flooring Market and the Upcoming NWFA Expo in Dallas

February 21, 2013—Michael Martin, President and CEO of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), and Kemp Harr, discuss the current state of the hardwood flooring market, the rapid growth of the NWFA's annual expo, and the highlights of this year's expo scheduled for early April in Dallas. Listen to the interview for more details.

WF Taylor Broadens MS Plus Chemistry For New Resilient and Moisture Barrier Applications

February 20, 2013—Jack Raidy, President of W.F. Taylor, and Kemp Harr discuss the company's latest developments, including its "MBA" moisture barrier adhesive for resilient flooring. Watch the video to hear more about Taylor's latest innovations in flooring adhesive.

Jeff Madsen Discusses Quick-Step's New Products for 2013

February 19, 2013—Jeff Madsen, North American Laminate Product Manager with Quick-Step, and Kemp Harr discuss Quick-Step's product focus for 2013 in addition to talking about laminate's fit among consumers and Quick-Step's brand focus on the independent retailer. Watch the video to see visuals of the new products.

Tarkett Focuses on iSelect and Mainstreet Retail display at Surfaces

February 18, 2013—Laurey Banker and Bruce Ziegler, Product Directors with commercial and residential focuses respectively, talk to Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, about Tarkett's key message points for Surfaces 2013. Watch the video to see more details about iSelect for the residential market and the mainstreet retail display for the commercial sector.

High Performance Subfloors Discusses Rapid Growth of Schönox Self-Leveling Compound

February 15, 2013—Enos Farnsworth, President of HP Subfloors, and Kemp Harr, discuss the initial success the company has had with its Schönox self-leveling compound. Watch the brief video to hear more details about the product's fit, channel strategy, growth plans and performance characteristics. Schönox is manufactured by Akzo Nobel and HP Subfloors has the exclusive selling rights for North America.

James Lesslie Discusses Dream Weaver's New Products, Unique Fit and Rapid Growth

February 14, 2013—James Lesslie, Assistant to the Chairman at Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr, talk about Dream Weaver's latest product introductions—Pure Soft and Pure Color Plus—and why the company has been able to grow so rapidly in the last several years. Watch this short video to see more detail about Dream Weaver's innovative new products for 2013.

Shelley Pond with Scarlet Opus Discusses Fashion Trend Projections for 2014 and Beyond

February 13, 2013—Shelley Pond, a Trend Forecaster with Scarlet Opus, and Kemp Harr, Publisher for Floor Focus Magazine, discuss her design and styling projections for 2014 and beyond. Shelly also talks about the 11 hard surface exhibitors that caught their eye this year and which were included on their designer tour during the show. Watch the video for more information.

Crossville Expands Residential Focus at Surfaces

February 12, 2013—Lindsey Ann Waldrep, VP of Marketing for Crossville, and Kemp Harr, discuss Crossville's latest introductions at Surfaces, which included two porcelain stone collections called Limestone and Manoir. Crossville had three key messages this year. First is a wider range of formats to give designers more flexibility in how they specify the product, second is an increased focus on how retailers can feature Crossville in their stores, and third is Crossville's partnership with Laminam—giving it exclusive access to large format thin porcelain panels for a wide range of applications. Watch the video for more details.

Beaulieu Rolls out Ultra-Soft Indulgence Nylon Carpet at Surfaces

February 11, 2013—Beaulieu's Ralph Boe (CEO), and Gary Fisher (Executive VP of Marketing), talk with Kemp Harr about their new Indulgence collection of ultra-soft solution dyed nylon carpets. Watch the video to hear more about this new collection and how Beaulieu plans to position it to the female consumer. Beaulieu has done a great job of pulling together the seven item assortment that doesn't require a huge space commitment on the retail floor. Gary is new with Beaulieu and plans to raise the company's visibility with consumers.

Piet Dossche Discusses Coretec Plus and the Other New 2013 Products with USFloors

February 8, 2013—Piet Dossche, President and CEO with USFloors, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss USFloors' new Coretec Plus LVT collection—one of the most unique and innovative products introduced at Surfaces this year. Watch the video to find out more and hear more about USFloors' approach to the floorcovering market.