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.

Alena Capra Discusses the Highlights of this year's Coverings Expo in Chicago

April 4, 2016—Alena Capra, Spokesperson for the Coverings Show, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights for the annual Coverings Expo which starts in two weeks at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear more about the show and its keynote speakers, design showcases as well as hear more about Alena Capri Design's business momentum.

Doug Young with Schönox Discusses the Global Shop Show in Las Vegas

March 29, 2016—Doug Young, EVP with HPS Schönox, and Kemp Harr talk about last week's Global Shop Expo in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about this show and why Schönox goes every year.

Kermit Baker Discusses the Architectural Billing Index and the Housing Market

March 24, 2016 — Kermit Baker, a Harvard economist, and Kemp Harr, discuss the February Architectural Billing Index and the Joint Center for Housing Studies remodel activity (LIRA) report. Listen to the interview to hear Baker talk about the momentum in commercial construction business as well as in the housing market.

Mark Woodman Discusses His Role on the Surfaces Education Advisory Board

March 23, 2016—Mark Woodman, Owner of Mark Woodman Design and Color, and Kemp Harrdiscuss Mark's role on the Surfaces Education Advisory Board. Listen to the interview to hear Mark talk about the role of fashion in the interaction between retailers and consumers.

Bob Peoples Discusses the Impact of Low Oil Prices on Carpet Recycling Economics

March 22, 2016—Bob Peoples, Executive Director of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and Kemp Harr discuss the issues that CARE is focused on in light of the lower value of recycled plastic due to the lower price of oil. Listen to the interview for more information and to hear the latest news on California's AB 2398 EPR legislation. 

Ron Dunn Discusses the Highlights of Alliance Flooring's Annual Meeting in Tucson

March 21, 2016—Ron Dunn, President and Co-CEO of Alliance Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss the retail buying group's recent annual meeting held in Tucson, Arizona. Listen to the interview to hear Ron talk about the optimistic tone within the members and other meeting highlights. 

Geoff Gordon and Mike Hutton Discuss the Annual Fuse Alliance Meeting

March 17, 2016—Geoff Gordon, Executive Director of Fuse Alliance; Mike Hutton, VP of Fuse Commercial; and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of the Fuse Alliance meeting held this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear more details about the issues and topics that this group of commercial flooring contractors focused on at their annual meeting.

Bob Plann Discusses the Success of His Phoenix Commercial Floorcovering Contracting Business

March 16, 2016—Bob Plann, Sr. Partner with ReSource Arizona and President of Fuse Alliance, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth of Bob's commercial contracting business in Phoenix and the health of the Fuse Alliance Network. Listen to the interview to hear more about the diversity of Bob's business in Phoenix.

Santo Torcivia Discusses His Latest Quarterly Market Monitor Report

March 15, 2016—Santo Torcivia, Economist with Market Insights and columnist for Floor Focus, and Kemp Harr discuss Santo's latest quarterly Market Monitor report with his latest read on what opportunities the economy will bring in 2016. Listen to the interview to hear more details about what sectors he believes will offer the most opportunities for flooring sales.

Ruth Simon McRae Discusses Flooring Choices in Memory Care Senior Living Facilities

March 11, 2016—Ruth Simon McRae, a textile designer, and Kemp Harr discuss Ruth's research and article on the topic of Senior Living and Memory Care. this article, published in the March issue of Floor Focus Magazine, discusses the design decisions that leading architectural firms are making to create optimal spaces for seniors with memory issues.

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