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.


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.


Mike Amburgey Discusses Beaulieu's Shift to Regional Family Meetings in 2015

June 13, 2014—Mike Amburgey, Chief Marketing Officer at Beaulieu America, and Kemp Harr, discuss the company's plan to move to regionally based "Dealer Family Reunions" for the launch of the company's 2015 residential products. Listen to the interview to hear more about Mike Amburgey and the strategy behind this decision.


Pam Rainey Discusses Patcraft's Award Winning Mixed Materials Collection

June 12, 2014—Pam Rainey, Creative Director with Patcraft, and Kemp Harr, discuss Patcraft's Mixed Materials collection, which won a Gold award at NeoCon in the Modular Carpet category. Listen to the interview, recorded this week in Chicago, to hear more about this collection, which integrates LVT with carpet using interesting shapes.


Leigh Przyborski Discusses Tandus Centiva's Gold Best of NeoCon Award

June 11, 2014—Leigh Przyborski, Director of Product Development for Tandus Centiva, and Kemp Harr,discuss the company's Best of NeoCon award for its abstract LVT product called Substrate. Listen to the interview to find out how the product was designed and developed, as well as details about the look and feel of the product.


Ralph Grogan Discusses Bentley Mills' NeoCon Message

June 10, 2014—Ralph Grogan, President of Bentley Mills, and Kemp Harr, discuss Bentley's participation in this week's NeoCon trade show in Chicago. Listen to the interview to find out how bullish Grogan is about business conditions this year, as well as some details about Bentley's new carpet collections and the company's eye-catching booth at the show.


John Wells Discusses the Carpet Tile Market and NeoCon

June 9, 2014—John Wells, President of Interface Americas, and Kemp Harr, discuss business conditions in the commercial carpet market and the shift from broadloom to carpet tile. Listen to the interview for details on the commercial market segments, why Interface focuses exclusively on carpet tile, and how the category offers great opportunities for interior design.


Interior Designer Jessica Maples Discusses How She Works the NeoCon Show

June 6, 2014—Jessica Maples, Senior Associate with Hickok Cole Architects in Washington, DC, and Kemp Harr, discuss how she works the NeoCon show. Jessica has come to NeoCon every year for the past 8 years and has worked on several award winning projects—serving as part of the interior design team. Listen to the interview for more details.


Karen Bellinger Discusses the Schonox "Worst Subfloor" Contest

June 5, 2014—Karen Bellinger, Business Development Manager with HPS North America, and Kemp Harr, discuss the Schönox "Worst Subfloor" contest whereby contestants are encouraged to enter before and after photos that will be judged and prizes awarded to the top three winners. The judges for the contest are Lew Migliore, John McGrath and Jim Walker. Listen to the interview to hear more details about Schönox and the contest.

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