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 Statistics on Tile Consumption in the U.S.

April 30, 2014—Donato Grosser, an international ceramic tile consultant, and Kemp Harr, discuss the latest tile consumption numbers and how the recession changed the industry. Listen to the interview to hear more details of this interview that was recorded on the opening day of the Coverings Expo in Las Vegas.


Michael Zmijewski Discusses Mr. David's Project that Won Starnet's Grand Prize

April 25, 2014—Michael Zmijewski, President with Mr. David's Flooring, and Kemp Harr, discuss the project that won Mr. David's the grand prize award in Starnet's annual design contest. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the Corporate Client Meeting Space in Verona, Wisconsin.


Mark Stefurak Discusses the Evolution of Office Design and Steelcase's Role

April 23, 2014—Mark Stefurak, Director of Architecture and Design with Steelcase (a global leader in the office furnishings industry), and Kemp Harr, talk about the trend toward collaborative workspaces. Listen to the interview, recorded at the Steelcase showroom in NYC, to hear more abut the factors driving this innovation toward open office environments.


Rick Knowles Discusses PanTim and the NWFA Expo

April 22, 2014—Rick Knowles, VP of Sales & Marketing for PanTim North America, and Kemp Harr, talk about PanTim's supply chain and some of their product offerings. Listen to the interview to hear more about PanTim and also about the recent NWFA Expo in Nashville, TN.


Tommy Maxwell Discusses the NWFA's Legacy Scholarship Program

April 21, 2014—Tommy Maxwell, Owner of Maxwell Hardwood, and Kemp Harr, discuss the National Wood Flooring Association's (NWFA) new Legacy Scholarship program which was introduced at the NWFA's annual expo. Listen to the interview to hear Tommy give details about who this scholarship honors and how it funds training in the hardwood flooring industry.


Don Finkell Discusses His New American OEM Hardwood Plant in Tennessee

April 16, 2014—Don Finkell, who is launching a new engineered hardwood company at the NWFA show this week, and Kemp Harr, discuss Don's plans for this new factory. Listen to the interview to hear more details on how Don plans to use prison labor to compete with unbranded Chinese imports which are normally purchased by large distributors, buying groups and small retail chains. Also learn more about the humanitarian benefit of this endeavor.


Dave Triepke Discusses Universal Metro's Commercial Flooring Business in LA

April 15, 2014—Dave Triepke, President of Universal Metro (a LA based commercial flooring contractor), and Kemp Harr,discuss this commercial flooring contractor's market focus and success story. Listen to the interview for more details.


David Meberg Discusses Consolidated Carpet's Growth in New York City

April 14, 2014—Dave Meberg, owner of Consolidated Carpet (a commercial flooring contractor in New York City), and Kemp Harr, discuss his company's growth in recent years and his outlook for the future. Listen to the interview to hear Dave talk about his perspective on whether flooring should be sold directly to end users and also about installing Bentley carpet in the newly constructed Freedom Tower.


Jeanne Matson Discusses News from Starnet's Spring Meeting

April 11, 2014—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet, and Kemp Harr, discuss what the largest group of commercial flooring contractors is doing to continue to grow and succeed. Listen to the interview to hear about changes in Starnet's meeting agenda and its continued alignment with the specifier community with its successful Desigh Awards.


Randy Weis Discusses Growth and Office Strategy at RD Weis

April 10, 2014—Randy Weis, President and Owner of RD Weis Companies based in Port Chester, NY, and Kemp Harr, discuss how the RD Weis business has evolved and grown over the years. Listen to the interview, recorded at the Spring Starnet meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to hear Randy and Kemp discuss the RD Weiss business, the re-design of their new office space in Manhattan and the new culture of the millennial workplace.

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