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.


Phil Koufidakis Discusses the National Floorcovering Alliance's Spring Meeting

April 1, 2014—Phil Koufidakis, President of NFA (National Floorcovering Alliance) and owner of Baker Brothers, and Kemp Harr, discuss the tone of the NFA membership based on sales in the first quarter and their outlook for the year. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the spring meeting and how the Internet is an evolving gateway for consumers as they shop for floorcovering products.


Jim Walters Discusses Macco's Flooring's Growth in Wisconsin and Florida

March 31, 2014—Jim Walters, Partner with Macco's Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss this successful retailer's growth in Wisconsin and Western Florida. Listen to the interview to hear Jim talk about moving store locations, television and Internet promotion, and benefits that the NFA brings to its organization.


Elena Geremia Discusses the Highlights of Domotex Asia in Shanghai

March 27, 2014—(Recorded in Shanghai, China) Elena Geremia, International Marketing and Sales Manager for Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor, and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of the Domotex Asia show going on now. Listen to the interview to hear more about this show, which is the largest flooring show in the Asia Pacific Market.


Thomas Baert Discusses China Floors and Domotex Asia in Shanghai

March 26, 2014—Thomas Baert, Co-owner of China Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss Thomas' background, the Lamett brand and the evolving role of Chinese manufactured flooring in the U.S. Listen to the interview to hear more about Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor in Shanghai.


Steve Silverman Discusses the Highlights of Abbey's Annual Meeting

March 24, 2014—Steve Silverman, President and COO of Abbey Carpet, and Kemp Harr, discuss some of the highlights of the Abbey Annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Listen to the interview to hear more about the products, challenges and overall good health of the organization.


John Baugh Discusses His Outlook for 2014 for the Floorcovering Market

March 21, 2014—John Baugy, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of the year end results for the floorcovering industry's publicly traded companies and John's outlook on the residential and commercial markets for 2014. Listen to the interview to hear more about John's outlook.


Werner Braun Discusses the Highlights of his Career as President of CRI

March 20, 2014—Werner Braun, retiring President of the Carpet and Rug Institute, and Kemp Harr, discuss Werner's background and his core accomplishments as the head of the trade association that focuses on the carpet industry. Werner is retiring at the end of March. Listen to the interview to hear what he plans to do next.


Michael Martin Discusses the Nashville NWFA Expo Coming in April

March 19, 2014—Michael Martin, CEO with the National Wood Flooring association (NWFA), and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights and booking statistics for the upcoming NWFA show scheduled for April 16-18 in Nashville, Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show's anticipated attendance, the keynote speaker, the downtown venue and more.


Shashi Caan Discusses the IFI's April Design Symposium in New York City

March 17, 2014—Shashi Caan, President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, and Kemp Harr, discuss the IFI's next Design Symposium that explores the relationship between design and economic growth. Listen to the interview to hear more details of the meeting which will be held in New York City on April 22nd and 23rd.


Bob Plann Discusses Resource Arizona's Growth Strategy in Phoenix

March 13, 2014—Recorded at the Fuse Alliance annual meeting in Amelia Island, Florida: Bob Plann, Sr Partner with Resource Arizona, and Kemp Harr, discuss Bob's focus on the A&D market for managing the specification process. Listen to the interview for more details.

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