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.

Aaron Pirner and Tom Pack Discuss White Oak's Acquisition of Carousel Carpet

January 5, 2015—Aaron Pirner, CEO of Cap Carpets; Tom Pack, President of Manufacturing at White Oak; and Kemp Harr, discuss last week's news that White Oak has purchased Carousel Carpet from the Dixie Group. Listen to the interview to hear more about the strategy behind the acquisition and what this will mean to White Oak and Carousel customers.

Scott Appel Discusses Touch of Color's Strategy for 2015

January 2, 2015—Scott Appel, President of Touch of Color, a rapidly growing floorcovering dealer based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Kemp Harr, discuss Scott's product buying and mix strategy for the new year. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the opportunities that diverse dealers have in this business based on being in the middle of two inverse supply and demand economic equations. Touch of Color was ranked at number 77 in our top 100 retailers list and Scott was our Grand Prize winner in our first Future Focus Awards.

Santo Torcivia Discusses Year End Numbers and 2015 Forecast for Flooring Sales

December 11, 2014—Santo Torcivia, an economist that focuses his analysis in the Floorcovering business, and Kemp Harr, discuss Santo's December Market Monitor report which gives readers an excellent summary of how the floorcovering business ended the year plus his outlook for 2015. Listen to the interview for a few of the highlights of this thorough analysis.

Dominic Rice and Deb Lechner Discuss Armstrong's Expanded Linoleum Formats and Visuals

December 19, 2014—Dominic Rice and Deb Lechner, VP and Director of Marketing, respectively, for Armstrong's commercial flooring business, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss Armstrong's expanded formats and visuals in the Linoleum category. Armstrong's recent announcement about exiting the European flooring sales business has not impacted its supply of linoleum products. Listen to the interview to hear more about Armstrong's new modular formats, and more.

Mohawk's Rochelle Routman Discusses Her Selection as one of Top 10 Women in Sustainability

December 18, 2014—Rochelle Routman, Director of Sustainability at Mohawk, and Kemp Harr, discuss Rochelle's recent selection as one of the top 10 most powerful women in sustainability. Listen to the interview to hear more details on the criteria for selection and a few of the other winners.

Emily Morrow Discusses a Few of Shaw's New Products for 2015 and Color of the Year

December 17, 2014—Emily Morrow, Director of Color, Style and Design for Shaw Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss a few of Shaw's latest introductions for 2015 and her news of the 2015 Color of the Year—Lady in Grey. Listen to the interview to hear about additions to Shaw's Caress carpet line, a focus on wood looks in the hard surface area plus more details on the color of the year.

NAHB Economist David Crowe Discusses His Optimistic Outlook for Housing Growth in 2015

December 16, 2014—David Crowe, Chief Economist with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Kemp Harr, discuss the factors that impact growth in the U.S. single family housing market. Most economists missed the call for 2014 but are calling for 26% growth to 802,000 units in 2015 and on up to 1.1 million units in 2016. Listen to the interview for more details on what has changed.

Ed Keller Discusses the Retail Flooring Business at Hadinger in Naples, Florida

December 15, 2014—Ed Keller, CEO with Hadinger Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss retail flooring sales in Naples, Florida. Listen to the interview to hear some of the challenges that Hadinger faces and what they're doing to grow their business.

David Duncan Discusses Mohawk's Solutions Meeting and the SmartStrand Tough Mudder Challenge

December 8, 2014—David Duncan, Senior VP of Marketing with Mohawk, and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of Mohawk's aligned dealer meeting and the SmartStrand Forever Clean tie-in with this year's Tough Mudder events. Listen to the interview to hear David talk about the retailers' expectations for 2015 in addition to hearing more about the latest torture challenge for Mohawk's SmartStrand carpet and how they plan to carry that message through their retailers to the consumer.

Brian Carson and Tom Lape Discuss the Launch of Mohawk's New Smartstrand Forever Clean Carpet

December 5, 2014—Brian Carson, President of Mohawk; Tom Lape, President of Mohawk's Residential Business; and Kemp Harr, discuss today's launch of a new enhanced SmartStrand line of carpets that are branded Forever Clean. Listen to the interview to hear more about the increased bulk and soil/stain protection, plus hear Brian talk about the annual Solutions meeting and his outlook for 2015.