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.

Oana Stanescu Discusses her Architectural Background and Previews her NeoCon 2016 Keynote

June 8, 2016—Oana Stanescu, a principal with Family, a New York based architectural firm, and Kemp Harr discuss Oana's background, focus and sources for inspiration. Oana is a keynote speaker at next week's NeoCon show in Chicago. Her presentation is Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. She was born in Romania and is seen as a rising star in the field of architecture.

Byron Morton and Julie Kohl Discuss the Highlights and Changes to NeoCon 2016

June 6, 2016—Byron Morton and Julie Kohl with MMPI, the orgainizaiton that hosts the annual NeoCon Show in Chicago, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights, anticipated attendance and changes to this year's commercial interior furnishings show which starts next week. Listen to the interview for more details.

Tom Donoghue and Royce Epstein Discuss Mohawk's Designer Social Media Events Pre-NeoCon

June 2, 2016—Tom Donoghue and Royce Epstein, VP of Marketing and Director of Design Segment (respectively), with Mohawk Group, and Kemp Harr discuss Mohawk's pre-NeoCon social media events this week and this year's showroom at the Mart. Listen to the interview to hear more details about this week's Instagram and Twitter activity related to NeoCon.

A J Boyajian Discusses Online Success Strategy in the Boston Retail Flooring Market

May 26, 2016—A. J. Boyajian, part owner of A.J. Rose Carpets and Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss this Boston retailer's online strategy and their recent accolades as Armstrong Gold Elite Dealer for 2015. Listen to the interview which is primarily focused on digital marketing.

Jim Curtin Discusses Surya's Rapid Growth and New Georgia Headquarters

May 23, 2016—Jim Curtin, VP of National Accounts with Surya, and Kemp Harr discuss this area rug supplier's rapid growth and new Georgia based headquarters. Listen to the interview to hear more about their product mix and routes to market.

Frank Endrenyi Discusses Technological Solutions for Recycling Post-Consumer Carpet

May 19, 2016—Frank Endrenyi, a CARE board advisor and a carpet recycling consultant, and Kemp Harr discuss some of the newest solutions for recycling post-consumer carpet that were presented at this year's CARE conference in Greenville, South Carolina. Listen to the interview for more details.

Brendan McSheehy Discusses CARE's Continued Carpet Recovery Activities

May 18, 2016—Brendan McSheehy, Chairman of the Board of CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort) and Vice President of Innovation and Sustainability with Universal Fibers, and Kemp Harr discuss the ongoing focus of CARE to minimize the amount of carpet that ends up in the nation's landfills. Listen to the interview to hear about California's AB 2398, the effects of lower oil prices and the continued search for economically viable outlets for recycling carpet.

John Baugh Discusses the Q1 Performance of Mohawk, Armstrong and Interface

May 16, 2016—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel, and Kemp Harr discuss Q1 2016 results for Mohawk, Armstrong and Interface as well as the rate of growth in the commercial, builder and replacement sectors of the flooring market. Listen to the interview for more details.

Russell Grizzle Discusses Ribbon Cutting at Mannington's New LVT Finishing Plant

May 13, 2016—Russell Grizzle, CEO of Mannington Mills, and Kemp Harr discuss Mannington's continued investment in USA made LVT in what Russell calls Mannington's largest organic investment in the history of the company. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mannington's LVT strategy.

Franco Rossi Discusses Aquafil's Continued Focus on Recycling and His Observations from the HD Expo

May 12, 2016—Franco Rossi, President of Aquafil USA, and Kemp Harr discuss Aquafil's continued growth and diversity of their Econyl recycled Nylon 6 program and his observations from last week's hospitality design show in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear the potential benefit of the new focus on LVT which could keep the mid-sized carpet suppliers from backwards integrating into fiber production.

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