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.

Jay Gould Discusses Interface's Year End and 2016 Initiatives

March 7, 2016—Jay Gould, President and COO of Interface, and Kemp Harr discuss Jay's background, Interface's 2015 year end results, the firm's sole focus on carpet tile and its initiates for growth in 2016. Listen to the interview for more details about Jay, Interface and the carpet tile market.

Jenn Mendez Discusses the Carpet and Rug Institute's Efforts to Prevent More EPR Regulations

March 4, 2016—Jenn Mendez, VP of Government Relations for the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), and Kemp Harr discuss Jenn's focus to monitor and prevent state or federal legislation that would adversely impact the carpet industry. Listen to the interview to hear more about the voluntary efforts the industry is driving to proactively eliminate the need for additional Extended Producer Responsibility legislation like California's AB 2398.

Gary Cissell Discusses his Mix, Promotion and Training Focus with Flooring Retailer Mill Creek

March 3, 2016—Gary Cissell, President of Mill Creek Carpet and Tile, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind this 17-store flooring retailer's recent growth. Listen to the interview to hear Gary talk about sales training, merchandising, digital marketing and competition.

Rick Myers Discusses Myers Carpet's Acquisition of Nashville Carpets

March 2, 2016—Rick Myers, Co-owner of Myers Carpet and Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss Myers' decision to buy Nashville Carpets, another well established flooring dealer in Nashville, Tennessee. Listen to the interview to hear more about the strategy behind this acquisition.

Jim Mudd Discusses the History of Sam Kinnaird's Flooring and the Death of his Former Partner

March 1, 2016—Jim Mudd, Owner of Sam Kinnaird's Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss the recent death of Mudd's former partner, Sam Kinnaird, from complications related to Parkinson's disease, the history of the company and current business conditions. Listen to the interview for more details on Jim's successful retail flooring business based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kaye Gosline Discusses Her 40-Year Career in the Flooring Business

February 25, 2016— Kaye Gosline, retiring Colorist and Creative Director, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss her 40 year career focused on product development in the carpet and LVT business. Listen to the interview to hear a brief reflection of her past and what she plans to do in the next chapter.

Melissa Murphy Discusses the Rapid Growth of Her Retail Flooring Business in Missouri

February 23, 2016—Melissa Murphy, Design Center Manager and Partner at Johnston Paint and Decorating in Columbia, Missouri, and Kemp Harr discuss the secret behind Johnston's phenomenal growth. Listen to the interview to hear how the firm focuses on selling design and sells its customers more than floorcovering.

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.

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