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.


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.


Brandon Culpepper Discusses the High Point Home Furnishings Market

April 8, 2014—Brandon Culpepper, VP of Sales for Mohawk Home's Specialty Rug Business, and Kemp Harr, discuss this week's High Point Market in North Carolina. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show and about what Mohawk Home is doing to compete in the rug market against imported rugs.


Peter Spirer Discusses His Acquisition of Max Windsor

April 7, 2014—Peter Spirer, Former CEO of Horizon Carpet and a Floorcovering Industry Hall of Fame recipient, and Kemp Harr, discuss Peter's decision to buy Max Windsor. Listen to the interview to hear more details about his plans for Max Windsor.


Santo Torcivia Provides Statistics on Flooring Sales in the Home Center Channel

April 4, 2014—Santo Torcivia with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr, discuss the two major home center sales of floorcovering products. Listen to the interview for more details.


Gary Cissell Discusses Strategic Changes at Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart

April 2, 2014—Gary Cissell, Director of Operations at Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart (a 16-store chain of retail floorcovering stores on the west coast of Florida), and Kemp Harr, discuss the strategic areas that Gary has focused his attention on since joining the firm four months ago. Listen to the interview, recorded at the Spring NFA meeting, for more details.


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.

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