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.

Brian Carson and Tom Lape Discuss the Launch of Mohawk's New Smartstrand Forever Clean Carpet

December 5, 2014—Brian Carson, President of Mohawk; Tom Lape, President of Mohawk's Residential Business; and Kemp Harr, discuss today's launch of a new enhanced SmartStrand line of carpets that are branded Forever Clean. Listen to the interview to hear more about the increased bulk and soil/stain protection, plus hear Brian talk about the annual Solutions meeting and his outlook for 2015.

Kevin Gammonley Discusses the NAFCD Meeting held in Dallas

December 4, 2014—Kevin Gammonley, Executive VP with the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD), and Kemp Harr, discuss the NAFCD's annual meeting held in Dallas two weeks ago. Listen to the interview to hear about the attendance levels, tone of membership, highlights of Brian Beaulieu's presentation and the NAFCD's key initiatives for 2015.

Ann Harrell Discusses Propex's New Artis Brand for Modular Carpet Backing

December 3, 2014—Ann Harrell, Sales and Marketing Director for Propex, and Kemp Harr, discuss Propex's decision to launch the Artis brand as a replacement for Isis. Listen to this brief interview to hear the story behind the brand name and why some manufacturers select this woven PET backing when manufacturing modular carpet tile.

Diane Martel Discusses Tarkett's Sustainability Initiatives

December 2, 2014—Diane Martel, VP of Environmental Planning for Tarkett, and Kemp Harr, discuss Tarkett's recently published sustainability report which not only provides a snapshot of where this global company stands with all its environmental initiatives, but also sets some hard goals for where the company wants to be in the year 2020. Listen to the interview to hear Diane highlight Tarkett's aggressive initiatives.

Bob Murray Discusses the Dodge Construction Outlook for 2015

November 25, 2014—Bob Murray, Chief Economist with Dodge Data and Analytics, and Kemp Harr, talk about the Dodge Construction Outlook 2015 Report which was published in October. Listen to the interview to hear Bob talk about which of the vertical sectors are predicted to grow next year.

Chris Stulpin Discusses The Mohawk Group's Future of Workplace Design Meeting

November 20, 2014—Chris Stulpin, Creative Director with The Mohawk Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss the Future of Workplace Design (FWD) meeting held this week in New York City which is a combination of entertainment, education and collaboration in Mohawk's commercial product development process. Listen to the interview to hear about the meeting's tie in with Trend Union at the Parsons School of Design and how Mohawk collaborates with specifiers and end users from throughout North America.

Paul Friederichsen Discusses the Top 25 Future Leaders

November 19, 2014—Paul Friederichsen, Branding and Marketing Consultant with BrandBiz in Atlanta, and Kemp Harr, discuss leadership in the floorcovering industry. In particular, they talk about Floor Focus Magazine's November feature on the top 25 leaders under age 40 in the industry. Friederichsen, a judge who helped determine the list, talks about some of the interesting traits of the leaders and what makes them outstanding in the industry.

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Doug Young Discusses Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest

November 17, 2014—Doug Young, Executive VP of Schönox, and Kemp Harr, discuss the "Worst Subfloor in North America" Contest which is being held to highlight how easy it is to use Schönox to prep damaged floors using Schönox's synthetic gypsum self leveling system. Deadline for entry into the contest is December 15. Listen to the interview to hear how Schönox differs from other floor prep products.

Economist Kermit Baker Discusses His Outlook for Construction Spending Growth for 2015

November 14, 2014—Kermit Baker, a Harvard Economist and the Economist for American Institute of Architects, and Kemp Harr, discuss the AIA Billing Index along with other key economic factors that are pointing to a strong year in 2015 for construction spending. Listen to the interview to hear more details about what happened in 2014 and how economic conditions are lining up for the coming year.

Joe Yarbrough Discusses CRI's 2015 Initiatives and Awards from Annual Meeting

November 13, 2014—Joe Yarbrough, President of the Carpet and Rug Institute, and Kemp Harr, discuss the awards and 2015 initiatives that were presented at yesterday's annual CRI meeting held in Dalton, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear Joe talk about his 2015 plans to update the carpet installation standards, co-fund a caprolactam inhalation study, and create a voluntary product stewardship (VPS) program. For awards, Susan Rich Farris, Director of Corporate Communications with Shaw Industries, won the Joseph J. Smrekar Award and John Garger won the CRI Chairman's award.

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