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.


Kermit Baker Discusses His Outlook for 2014 in the Commercial and Residential Economic Sectors

July 11, 2014—Kermit Baker, a Harvard Economist who focuses on the architectural sector and U.S. housing market, and Kemp Harr, discuss the economic outlook for both sectors. Listen to the interview to hear Kermit's take on the AIA Billing Index and what's holding back the housing market.


Dave Snedeker Discusses the Atlanta Rug Market and Nebraska Furniture Mart's Business

Jully 10, 2014—Dave Snedeker, Merchandise Manager with Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr discuss the trends from this week's Rug Show in Atlanta. Listen to the interview to hear what's going on in Atlanta this week as well as how NFM is tracking in flooring sales with its three megastores in the midwest that sell furniture, floorcovering, appliances and home electornics.


Vinnie Virga Discusses Market Conditions in New England and Big Bob's Annual Meeting

July 9, 2014—Vinnie Virga, a multi-store floorcovering retailer in New England, and Kemp Harr, discuss market conditions for flooring sales around Boston and a few take aways from the annual Big Bob's convention held a few weeks ago in Kansas City. Listen to the interview to hear more details about Vinnie's plan for growth, his branding and promotion activity and Big Bob's convention.


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.

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