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.

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.

Beaulieu Discusses Its New Partnership with the March of Dimes

March 15, 2013—Ralph Boe, CEO with Beaulieu, and Chad Royal-Pascoe with the March of Dimes, discuss Beaulieu's decision to support the March of Dimes "Imbornto" campaign in May and June of this year. As part of this relationship, Beaulieu will contribute $.50 a yard for every yard of Indulgence sold during that period. Listen to the interview for more details.

Jonathan Trivers Offers Flooring Retailers Great Advice Now that the Economy is Recovering

March 14, 2013—Jonathan Trivers, a well known adviser for the retail floorcovering market, and Kemp Harr, discuss the specific steps that retailers should be making to take advantage of where we are in the economy today. There is excellent advice in this interview for all floorcovering retailers to consider. (This interview is 13 minutes long, but worth the time for retailers.)

Don Finkell Discusses the Highlights of His Leadership in the Hardwood Business

March 13, 2013—Don Finkell, who recently retired from 33 years in the hardwood business working for Anderson and Shaw, looks back on the highlights of his career. Listen to the interview to hear Don talk about key accomplishments and his outlook on this industry as a career opportunity.

Darius Helm Discusses Revestir Brazilian Tile Show

March 12, 2013—Darius Helm, Senior Editor with Floor Focus Magazine, and Kemp Harr, discuss the Revestir ceramic tile expo held last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Listen to the interview to hear Darius talk about the size and scope of the show as well as some of the fashion trends.

Ron Lee Discusses the Key Initiatives for Fuse Alliance for 2013

March 8, 2013—(Recorded at the 2013 Fuse Alliance Annual Meeting at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA) Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, talks to Ron Lee, Executive Director of the Fuse Alliance Network, about the group's core initiatives for 2013 and the growth of this network of commercial flooring contractors. Listen to the interview to hear more details about this network and about their annual meeting.