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.

Ralph Grogan Discusses Bentley Mills' NeoCon Message

June 10, 2014—Ralph Grogan, President of Bentley Mills, and Kemp Harr, discuss Bentley's participation in this week's NeoCon trade show in Chicago. Listen to the interview to find out how bullish Grogan is about business conditions this year, as well as some details about Bentley's new carpet collections and the company's eye-catching booth at the show.

John Wells Discusses the Carpet Tile Market and NeoCon

June 9, 2014—John Wells, President of Interface Americas, and Kemp Harr, discuss business conditions in the commercial carpet market and the shift from broadloom to carpet tile. Listen to the interview for details on the commercial market segments, why Interface focuses exclusively on carpet tile, and how the category offers great opportunities for interior design.

Interior Designer Jessica Maples Discusses How She Works the NeoCon Show

June 6, 2014—Jessica Maples, Senior Associate with Hickok Cole Architects in Washington, DC, and Kemp Harr, discuss how she works the NeoCon show. Jessica has come to NeoCon every year for the past 8 years and has worked on several award winning projects—serving as part of the interior design team. Listen to the interview for more details.

Karen Bellinger Discusses the Schonox "Worst Subfloor" Contest

June 5, 2014—Karen Bellinger, Business Development Manager with HPS North America, and Kemp Harr, discuss the Schönox "Worst Subfloor" contest whereby contestants are encouraged to enter before and after photos that will be judged and prizes awarded to the top three winners. The judges for the contest are Lew Migliore, John McGrath and Jim Walker. Listen to the interview to hear more details about Schönox and the contest.

Byron Morton Discusses Expectations for NeoCon

June 4, 2014—Byron Morton, VP of Leasing for MMPI, and Kemp Harr, discuss expectations for next week's NeoCon show in Chicago. MMPI owns the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and is the host for this annual interior furnishings exposition. Listen to the interview to hear Byron talk about changes to the show's layout, the keynote speakers and the anticipated level of attendance.

Joe Yarbrough Discusses His Focus as the President of the CRI

May 29, 2014—Joe Yarbrough, newly appointed President of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), and Kemp Harr,discuss Joe's background and core objectives as he takes on the role as the carpet trade association's leader. Listen to the interview for more details.

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.