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.


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.


David Meberg Discusses Consolidated Carpet's Growth in New York City

April 14, 2014—Dave Meberg, owner of Consolidated Carpet (a commercial flooring contractor in New York City), and Kemp Harr, discuss his company's growth in recent years and his outlook for the future. Listen to the interview to hear Dave talk about his perspective on whether flooring should be sold directly to end users and also about installing Bentley carpet in the newly constructed Freedom Tower.


Jeanne Matson Discusses News from Starnet's Spring Meeting

April 11, 2014—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet, and Kemp Harr, discuss what the largest group of commercial flooring contractors is doing to continue to grow and succeed. Listen to the interview to hear about changes in Starnet's meeting agenda and its continued alignment with the specifier community with its successful Desigh Awards.


Randy Weis Discusses Growth and Office Strategy at RD Weis

April 10, 2014—Randy Weis, President and Owner of RD Weis Companies based in Port Chester, NY, and Kemp Harr, discuss how the RD Weis business has evolved and grown over the years. Listen to the interview, recorded at the Spring Starnet meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to hear Randy and Kemp discuss the RD Weiss business, the re-design of their new office space in Manhattan and the new culture of the millennial workplace.


Brandon Culpepper Discusses the High Point Home Furnishings Market

April 8, 2014—Brandon Culpepper, VP of Sales for Mohawk Home's Specialty Rug Business, and Kemp Harr, discuss this week's High Point Market in North Carolina. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show and about what Mohawk Home is doing to compete in the rug market against imported rugs.


Peter Spirer Discusses His Acquisition of Max Windsor

April 7, 2014—Peter Spirer, Former CEO of Horizon Carpet and a Floorcovering Industry Hall of Fame recipient, and Kemp Harr, discuss Peter's decision to buy Max Windsor. Listen to the interview to hear more details about his plans for Max Windsor.


Santo Torcivia Provides Statistics on Flooring Sales in the Home Center Channel

April 4, 2014—Santo Torcivia with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr, discuss the two major home center sales of floorcovering products. Listen to the interview for more details.


Gary Cissell Discusses Strategic Changes at Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart

April 2, 2014—Gary Cissell, Director of Operations at Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart (a 16-store chain of retail floorcovering stores on the west coast of Florida), and Kemp Harr, discuss the strategic areas that Gary has focused his attention on since joining the firm four months ago. Listen to the interview, recorded at the Spring NFA meeting, for more details.

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