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.

Steve Silverman Discusses the Key Focus For Abbey's Dealers in 2016

February 19, 2016—Steve Silverman, President and COO of Abbey Carpet and Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the key initiatives for this franchise buying group for 2016. Recorded at Abby's Winter Convention, listen to the interview to hear more details on what the group is focused on to help their members achieve success in 2016.

Dave Snedeker Discusses Surfaces and Nebraska Furniture Mart's Business Mix

February 18, 2016—Dave Snedeker, Head of Flooring for Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Kemp Harr discuss Dave's observations from the Surfaces Expo in Las Vegas and NFM's business conditions and mix shift. Listen to the interview to hear Dave's review of both the show and his business.

Vinnie Virga Discusses His New Leadership Role at Big Bob's

February 17, 2016—Vinnie Virga, Managing Partner and President of Big Bob's Flooring Outlet, and Kemp Harr discuss Vinnie's strategy as the new leader for this 43-store flooring franchise operation as well as the new Floors and Kitchens Today brand. Listen to the interview for more details.

Carl Bouchaert Discusses His Leg Injury and Recovery Status

February 11, 2016—Carl Bouckaert, Founder and Board Member at Beaulieu of America, and Kemp Harr discuss Carl's leg injury and positive outlook for recovery. Listen to the interview to hear more details and to hear Carl talk about Beaulieu's product diversity strategy.

Rodney Mauter Discusses His New Role At Lexmark

February 10, 2016 — Rodney Mauter, Vice President of Lexmark's Residential Business, and Kemp Harr discuss Rodney's new role at Lexmark as well as their product and marketing strategy in that sector. Listen to the interview to hear more about Lexmark's unique selling proposition.

Andrew Rynhart with Tramex Discusses Proper Testing to Determine Concrete Moisture

February 9, 2016—Andrew Rynhart, Managing Director with Tramex, and Kemp Harr discuss the proper testing method for determining concrete moisture levels which continues to be a major issue within the commercial sector of the floorcovering business. Listen to the interview to hear Andrew's thoughts on this topic. Andrew's father developed the Tramex moisture testing system.

Michel Giannuzzi Discusses Tarkett's Participation in the World Economic Forum

February 8, 2016—Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Tarkett, and Kemp Harr discuss Michel's participation in the World Economic Forum held in late January in Davos, Switzerland. Listen to the interview to hear Michel talk about Tarkett's membership in the World Economic Forum and its commitment related to climate change, eco-design and indoor air quality.

Bruce Zwicker Discusses the Supplier Reliability Award that Haines Presented Mirage

February 5, 2016—Bruce Zwicker, CEO at JJ Haines, and Kemp Harr discuss JJ Haines' first annual supplier reliability award which, this year, was awarded to Mirage. Listen to the interview to hear why Mirage was worthy of this award and Bruce's comments about the ever-increasing complexity of the floorcovering business.

John Wu Discusses Outlook for LVT, New WPC License and New Products for Mainstreet Commercial

February 4, 2016—John Wu, President and CEO with Novalis, and Kemp Harr discuss John's expectations for growth for LVT in 2016 as one of the largest producers in the business. Listen to the interview to hear John talk about two new products focused on the mainstreet commercial sector and the firm's new license arrangement with Unilin for a WPC product called NovaCore.

Mark Clayton Discusses Phenix's Growth with New Hard Surface Products, PET and Nylon Carpet

February 3, 2016—Mark Clayton, President of Phenix, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's growth in the carpet business due to its continued upscale styling and the addition of coordinated hard surface products which include LVT, WPC and laminate. Watch the video to see these products on display at the Surfaces Expo in Las Vegas.

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