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.

Donato Grosser Discusses Changes in the Competitive Landscape in the Ceramic Tile Market

April 20, 2016—Donato Grosser, a New York based ceramic tile consultant, and Kemp Harr discuss changes in the competitive landscape within the U.S. tile market. Listen to the interview to get an update on the consumption growth of the business and factors that could impact that growth in the future.

Paul Lewandowski Discusses How Contractor Relationships Enhance His Architectural Design Process

April 19, 2016—Paul Lewandowski, a Boston based Architect with Lavalee Brensinger Architects, and Kemp Harr discuss why architects should maintain relationships with commercial contractors and how this helps them better serve their clients. Listen to the interview to hear more about this concept. This interview was recorded at the Starnet annual meeting.

Jeanne Matson Discusses the Highlights of Starnet's Annual Meeting in Miami

April 18, 2016—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet, and Kemp Harr discuss highlights of Starnet's Annual Meeting held last week in Miami. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the growth of the members' businesses.

Leah Ledoux Discusses Starnet's Strategic Account Program

April 15, 2016—Leah Ledoux, Starnet's Director of Strategic Accounts, and Kemp Harr discuss how Leah has structured Starnet's national account program in her first year since joining Starnet—the largest co-op group of commercial flooring contractors. Listen to the interview to hear more about her outreach program and pilot group members.

Jeff Macco Discusses the Growth of His Retail Flooring Business in Wisconsin and Florida

April 13, 2016—Jeff Macco, co-owner of Macco's Floor Covering based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind this independent retailer's growth. Listen to the interview to hear more about Macco's business, advertising strategy, share shift and benefit of NFA membership.

Dave Snedeker Discusses the NFA Spring Meeting and Nebraska Furniture Mart's Business

April 12, 2016—(Recorded at the Grove Park Inn, North Carolina) Dave Snedeker, President of the NFA and Division Merchandise Manager for Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr discuss the health of the NFA Member's Businesses so far this year and the continued shift from soft surface to hard surface and how that's impacting their business. Listen to the interview for more details and highlights from the NFA spring meeting.

Jennifer Nye Discusses Her NeoCon Presentation Related to Acoustics in the Workplace

April 11, 2016—Jennifer Nye, Senior Interior Designer with Gensler in Philadelphia, and Kemp Harr discuss Jennifer's upcoming NeoCon presentation titled Redefining Acoustical Privacy: A game of Jenga. Listen to the interview to hear about the challenges and solutions related to designing effective work spaces in today's open office environments.

David Koenig Discusses Crossville's Acquistion of Contempo in Utah and Idaho

April 8, 2016—David Koenig, VP and GM of Crossville Tile and Stone, and Kemp Harr discuss Crossville's recent acquisition of Contempo, the leading tile and stone distributor in Utah. Listen to the interview to hear more about Contempo's fit within Crossville's network of company-owned showroom locations, which now totals 35.

Don Maier Discusses Armstrong Flooring's Plans for Growth Now with a Singular Focus on Flooring

April 6, 2016—Don Maier, President and CEO of Armstrong Flooring Inc., and Kemp Harr discuss the growth strategy for this brand new publicly traded (AFI) flooring company with new leadership and a singular floorcovering focus. Listen to the interview to hear more about the new company's focus on innovation as a differentiator.

Brendan Dowdall Discusses his Digital Concrete Moisture Testing Invention

April 5, 2016—Brendan Dowdall, Founder of Concrete Sensors, and Kemp Harr discuss Brendan's patented invention which could revolutionize how new construction slab moisture is monitored in the future. Listen to the interview for more details.

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