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.


Doug Rain With Specialty Tile Discusses His Covering's Experience

May 5, 2014—Doug Rain, President of Specialty Tile Products (an Atlanta based tile distributor), and Kemp Harr,discuss his experience at Coverings last week in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear Doug talk about the show and the special treatment he got as a result of being one of the winners in American Olean's Lucky Seven promotion.


Hector Narvaez Discusses Marazzi's Coverings Experience and the New Tennessee Factory

May 2, 2014—Hector Narvaez, VP of Sales with Marazzi, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk, Daltile, Marazzi's relative size in the U.S., the new factory in Dickson, Tennessee, and some of Marazzi's trendy new products. Listen to the interview recorded at Coverings in Las Vegas.


Lindsey Waldrep Discusses Crossville's Growth and Message at Coverings

May 1, 2014—Lindsey Waldrep, Vice President of Marketing for Crossville Tile, and Kemp Harr, discuss Crossville's growth, market position and core message for the distributors at Coverings. Listen to the interview for more details.


Donato Grosser Discusses Statistics on Tile Consumption in the U.S.

April 30, 2014—Donato Grosser, an international ceramic tile consultant, and Kemp Harr, discuss the latest tile consumption numbers and how the recession changed the industry. Listen to the interview to hear more details of this interview that was recorded on the opening day of the Coverings Expo in Las Vegas.


Michael Zmijewski Discusses Mr. David's Project that Won Starnet's Grand Prize

April 25, 2014—Michael Zmijewski, President with Mr. David's Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss the project that won Mr. David's the grand prize award in Starnet's annual design contest. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the Corporate Client Meeting Space in Verona, Wisconsin.


Mark Stefurak Discusses the Evolution of Office Design and Steelcase's Role

April 23, 2014—Mark Stefurak, Director of Architecture and Design with Steelcase (a global leader in the office furnishings industry), and Kemp Harr, talk about the trend toward collaborative workspaces. Listen to the interview, recorded at the Steelcase showroom in NYC, to hear more abut the factors driving this innovation toward open office environments.


Rick Knowles Discusses PanTim and the NWFA Expo

April 22, 2014—Rick Knowles, VP of Sales & Marketing for PanTim North America, and Kemp Harr, talk about PanTim's supply chain and some of their product offerings. Listen to the interview to hear more about PanTim and also about the recent NWFA Expo in Nashville, TN.


Tommy Maxwell Discusses the NWFA's Legacy Scholarship Program

April 21, 2014—Tommy Maxwell, Owner of Maxwell Hardwood, and Kemp Harr, discuss the National Wood Flooring Association's (NWFA) new Legacy Scholarship program which was introduced at the NWFA's annual expo. Listen to the interview to hear Tommy give details about who this scholarship honors and how it funds training in the hardwood flooring industry.


Don Finkell Discusses His New American OEM Hardwood Plant in Tennessee

April 16, 2014—Don Finkell, who is launching a new engineered hardwood company at the NWFA show this week, and Kemp Harr, discuss Don's plans for this new factory. Listen to the interview to hear more details on how Don plans to use prison labor to compete with unbranded Chinese imports which are normally purchased by large distributors, buying groups and small retail chains. Also learn more about the humanitarian benefit of this endeavor.


Dave Triepke Discusses Universal Metro's Commercial Flooring Business in LA

April 15, 2014—Dave Triepke, President of Universal Metro (a LA based commercial flooring contractor), and Kemp Harr,discuss this commercial flooring contractor's market focus and success story. Listen to the interview for more details.

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