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.

Thomas Holland Discusses the Key Challenges that CARE Members are Facing

May 9, 2014—Recorded at the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Annual Meeting in Seattle. Thomas Holland, President of Corporate Floors and Texas Carpet and Construction Recycling, based in Grapevine, Texas, and Kemp Harr, discuss Thomas' recognition as the CARE Person of the Year and some of the key issues CARE is facing. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how CARE is addressing the used carpet that today has little, if any, post-use value.

NAHB Economist David Crowe Discusses His Call for the Housing Market

May 8, 2014—David Crowe, Chief Economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss David's optimistic outlook for the housing market. Listen to the interview to hear more about GDP growth, household formation numbers, the disconnect between new home sales and existing home sales, and more factors that influence this outlook.

Karin Fendrich Discusses the Health of the Coverings Tile and Stone Expo

May 6, 2014—Karin Fendrich, COO with NTP (the show management company for the Coverings Expo), and Kemp Harr, discuss a year over year comparison on the Coverings Expo and what National Trade Productions is doing to keep the show healthy.

Doug Rain With Specialty Tile Discusses His Covering's Experience

May 5, 2014—Doug Rain, President of Specialty Tile Products (an Atlanta based tile distributor), and Kemp Harr,discuss his experience at Coverings last week in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear Doug talk about the show and the special treatment he got as a result of being one of the winners in American Olean's Lucky Seven promotion.

Hector Narvaez Discusses Marazzi's Coverings Experience and the New Tennessee Factory

May 2, 2014—Hector Narvaez, VP of Sales with Marazzi, and Kemp Harr, discuss Mohawk, Daltile, Marazzi's relative size in the U.S., the new factory in Dickson, Tennessee, and some of Marazzi's trendy new products. Listen to the interview recorded at Coverings in Las Vegas.

Lindsey Waldrep Discusses Crossville's Growth and Message at Coverings

May 1, 2014—Lindsey Waldrep, Vice President of Marketing for Crossville Tile, and Kemp Harr, discuss Crossville's growth, market position and core message for the distributors at Coverings. Listen to the interview for more details.

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.

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