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.

Bob Plann Discusses the Success of His Phoenix Commercial Floorcovering Contracting Business

March 16, 2016—Bob Plann, Sr. Partner with ReSource Arizona and President of Fuse Alliance, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth of Bob's commercial contracting business in Phoenix and the health of the Fuse Alliance Network. Listen to the interview to hear more about the diversity of Bob's business in Phoenix.

Santo Torcivia Discusses His Latest Quarterly Market Monitor Report

March 15, 2016—Santo Torcivia, Economist with Market Insights and columnist for Floor Focus, and Kemp Harr discuss Santo's latest quarterly Market Monitor report with his latest read on what opportunities the economy will bring in 2016. Listen to the interview to hear more details about what sectors he believes will offer the most opportunities for flooring sales.

Ruth Simon McRae Discusses Flooring Choices in Memory Care Senior Living Facilities

March 11, 2016—Ruth Simon McRae, a textile designer, and Kemp Harr discuss Ruth's research and article on the topic of Senior Living and Memory Care. this article, published in the March issue of Floor Focus Magazine, discusses the design decisions that leading architectural firms are making to create optimal spaces for seniors with memory issues.

Jay Gould Discusses Interface's Year End and 2016 Initiatives

March 7, 2016—Jay Gould, President and COO of Interface, and Kemp Harr discuss Jay's background, Interface's 2015 year end results, the firm's sole focus on carpet tile and its initiates for growth in 2016. Listen to the interview for more details about Jay, Interface and the carpet tile market.

Jenn Mendez Discusses the Carpet and Rug Institute's Efforts to Prevent More EPR Regulations

March 4, 2016—Jenn Mendez, VP of Government Relations for the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), and Kemp Harr discuss Jenn's focus to monitor and prevent state or federal legislation that would adversely impact the carpet industry. Listen to the interview to hear more about the voluntary efforts the industry is driving to proactively eliminate the need for additional Extended Producer Responsibility legislation like California's AB 2398.

Gary Cissell Discusses his Mix, Promotion and Training Focus with Flooring Retailer Mill Creek

March 3, 2016—Gary Cissell, President of Mill Creek Carpet and Tile, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind this 17-store flooring retailer's recent growth. Listen to the interview to hear Gary talk about sales training, merchandising, digital marketing and competition.

Rick Myers Discusses Myers Carpet's Acquisition of Nashville Carpets

March 2, 2016—Rick Myers, Co-owner of Myers Carpet and Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss Myers' decision to buy Nashville Carpets, another well established flooring dealer in Nashville, Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear more about the strategy behind this acquisition.

Jim Mudd Discusses the History of Sam Kinnaird's Flooring and the Death of his Former Partner

March 1, 2016—Jim Mudd, Owner of Sam Kinnaird's Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss the recent death of Mudd's former partner, Sam Kinnaird, from complications related to Parkinson's disease, the history of the company and current business conditions. Listen to the interview for more details on Jim's successful retail flooring business based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kaye Gosline Discusses Her 40-Year Career in the Flooring Business

February 25, 2016— Kaye Gosline, retiring Colorist and Creative Director, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss her 40 year career focused on product development in the carpet and LVT business. Listen to the interview to hear a brief reflection of her past and what she plans to do in the next chapter.

Melissa Murphy Discusses the Rapid Growth of Her Retail Flooring Business in Missouri

February 23, 2016—Melissa Murphy, Design Center Manager and Partner at Johnston Paint and Decorating in Columbia, Missouri, and Kemp Harr discuss the secret behind Johnston's phenomenal growth. Listen to the interview to hear how the firm focuses on selling design and sells its customers more than floorcovering.

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