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.


Paul Johnson Discusses His Retail Business in Tulsa and the WFCA

July 3, 2014—Paul Johnson, Owner of six retail floorcovering stores in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Kemp Harr, discuss the success of his business and his new role as Chairman of the WFCA. Listen to the interview to hear about Paul's family-run Carpet One stores and about his core focus as the leader of the WFCA.


Ann Harrell Discusses Propex's Carpet Backing Business in 2014

July 2, 2014—Ann Harrell, Account Executive with Propex, and Kemp Harr, discuss the year to date decline in carpet production in 2014. The number of days that carpet mills shut down over the 4th of July holiday usually gives an indication of the order backlog for a specific type of carpet. Listen to  the interview for more information and to hear about Propex's expansion of its isis recycled polyester carpet backing.


Santo Torcivia Discusses Key Flooring And Economic Trends Taken from the Latest U.S. FLOOReport

June 26, 2014—Santo Torcivia, an economist that focuses on the U.S. Floorcovering business, and Kemp Harr, discuss the recently published U.S. FLOOReport-a400 page analysis and forecast that tracks all of the key facets of the business. Listen to the interview to hear what surfaces are outpacing others, what effect the internet is having, and what rate of growth we can expect over the next several years.


Christopher Goggin Discusses Daltile and Mohawk's Commercial Design Studio on San Francisco

June 25, 2014—Christopher Goggin, Design Director with Gensler in Dallas, and Kemp Harr, discuss the new Daltile and Mohawk Group design studio, which opens this week in San Francisco. This is the first studio—designed as a workroom for A&D professionals—that is integrated to include carpet and LVT from The Mohawk Group and tile, stone and slabs from Daltile in one space. Listen to the interview to hear more about Gensler's involvement in designing this space.


Scott Perron Discusses Big Bob's Flooring Outlet's Annual Convention

June 23, 2014—Scott Perron, President of Big Bob's Flooring Outlet, and Kemp Harr, discuss this national floorcovering retail franchise organization's upcoming meeting held this week in Kansas City. Listen to the interview to hear how these stores position themselves in the marketplace as well as their plans for their annual convention.


Michel Vermette Discusses The Mohawk Group's Message at NeoCon 2014

June 20, 2014—Michel Vermette, SVP/GM of The Mohawk Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk's success at NeoConn with the introduction of several new carpet and LVT collections. Listen to the interview to hear the highlights of Mohawk's experience at the annual NeoCon even in Chicago.


David Sheehan and Lindsay Wilson Discuss Mannington Commercial's Intersected Collection at NeoCon

June 19, 2014—David Sheehan, VP of Commercial Hard Surface with Mannington; Lindsay Wilson, Principal with Corgan; and Kemp Harr, discuss the two firms' collaboration on Intersected—an LVT collection launched under the Amtico brand at NeoCon. Listen to the interview to hear more about the collection and about Mannington's experience at NeoCon.


Barbara Haaksma Discusses Milliken's Silver Broadloom Award at NeoCon

June 18, 2014—Barbara Haaksma, Milliken's VP of Corporate Marketing, and Kemp Harr, discuss two of Milliken's featured products at NeoCon which were designed by Cresta Bledsoe. Dissemblage, a coarsely woven "hybrid" carpet, won the Silver broadloom carpet award. Listen to the interview for more details and to hear more about personnel changes in Milliken's flooring business.


Reesie Duncan Discusses Shaw Contract's Award Winning Products at NeoCon

June 17, 2014—Reesie Duncan, Creative Director with Shaw Contract Group (SCG), and Kemp Harr,discuss the stories behind Shaw's award winning products at NeoCon. Listen to the interview to hear the inspiration behind Design Journey and Collective Time as well as Reesie's commentary on Shaw's Color Sense—SCG's new study on color and design trends.


Russ Rogg and Harlan Stone Discuss the Metroflor Launch of the Aspecta Brand

June 16, 2014—Russ Rogg and Harlan Stone, President and CEO of Metroflor Contract (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the launch of the Aspecta brand for Metroflor's commercial grade LVT products. Listen to the interview (recorded at NeoCon) to hear more about the aesthetics, performance and sustainability characteristics of this new product line.

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