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.


Jeff Macco Discusses the Growth of His Retail Flooring Business in Wisconsin and Florida

April 13, 2016—Jeff Macco, co-owner of Macco's Floor Covering based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind this independent retailer's growth. Listen to the interview to hear more about Macco's business, advertising strategy, share shift and benefit of NFA membership.


Dave Snedeker Discusses the NFA Spring Meeting and Nebraska Furniture Mart's Business

April 12, 2016—(Recorded at the Grove Park Inn, North Carolina) Dave Snedeker, President of the NFA and Division Merchandise Manager for Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr discuss the health of the NFA Member's Businesses so far this year and the continued shift from soft surface to hard surface and how that's impacting their business. Listen to the interview for more details and highlights from the NFA spring meeting.


Jennifer Nye Discusses Her NeoCon Presentation Related to Acoustics in the Workplace

April 11, 2016—Jennifer Nye, Senior Interior Designer with Gensler in Philadelphia, and Kemp Harr discuss Jennifer's upcoming NeoCon presentation titled Redefining Acoustical Privacy: A game of Jenga. Listen to the interview to hear about the challenges and solutions related to designing effective work spaces in today's open office environments.


David Koenig Discusses Crossville's Acquistion of Contempo in Utah and Idaho

April 8, 2016—David Koenig, VP and GM of Crossville Tile and Stone, and Kemp Harr discuss Crossville's recent acquisition of Contempo, the leading tile and stone distributor in Utah. Listen to the interview to hear more about Contempo's fit within Crossville's network of company-owned showroom locations, which now totals 35.


Don Maier Discusses Armstrong Flooring's Plans for Growth Now with a Singular Focus on Flooring

April 6, 2016—Don Maier, President and CEO of Armstrong Flooring Inc., and Kemp Harr discuss the growth strategy for this brand new publicly traded (AFI) flooring company with new leadership and a singular floorcovering focus. Listen to the interview to hear more about the new company's focus on innovation as a differentiator.


Brendan Dowdall Discusses his Digital Concrete Moisture Testing Invention

April 5, 2016—Brendan Dowdall, Founder of Concrete Sensors, and Kemp Harr discuss Brendan's patented invention which could revolutionize how new construction slab moisture is monitored in the future. Listen to the interview for more details.


Alena Capra Discusses the Highlights of this year's Coverings Expo in Chicago

April 4, 2016—Alena Capra, Spokesperson for the Coverings Show, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights for the annual Coverings Expo which starts in two weeks at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show and its keynote speakers, design showcases as well as hear more about Alena Capri Design's business momentum.


Doug Young with Sch├Ânox Discusses the Global Shop Show in Las Vegas

March 29, 2016—Doug Young, EVP with HPS Schönox, and Kemp Harr talk about last week's Global Shop Expo in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about this show and why Schönox goes every year.


Kermit Baker Discusses the Architectural Billing Index and the Housing Market

March 24, 2016 — Kermit Baker, a Harvard economist, and Kemp Harr, discuss the February Architectural Billing Index and the Joint Center for Housing Studies remodel activity (LIRA) report. Listen to the interview to hear Baker talk about the momentum in commercial construction business as well as in the housing market.


Mark Woodman Discusses His Role on the Surfaces Education Advisory Board

March 23, 2016—Mark Woodman, Owner of Mark Woodman Design and Color, and Kemp Harrdiscuss Mark's role on the Surfaces Education Advisory Board. Listen to the interview to hear Mark talk about the role of fashion in the interaction between retailers and consumers.

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