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.

Randy Weis and Drew Guinan Discuss the Acquisition of CTS Flooring by R.D. Weis

December 11, 2015—Randy Weis, Owner of R.D. Weis, and Drew Guinan, CEO with CTS Flooring, discuss the strategy and synergies behind R.D. Weis' decision to acquire CTS Flooring. Both companies are successful commercial flooring contractors and Starnet members. Listen to the interview for more details on how this acquisition will benefit both companies.

Bobby Blake Discusses the Growth of Brunswick Floors' Retail Business in South Georgia

December 10, 2015—Bobby Blake, Owner of Brunswick Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth of this three store independent floorcovering operation along the southern coastline of Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear how he has structured this successful business which continues to grow.

Economist Robert Murray Discusses the 2016 Dodge Constuction Outlook

December 8, 2015—Robert Murray, Chief Economist with Dodge Data and Analytics, and Kemp Harr discuss the Dodge Construction Outlook for 2016. Listen to the interview to hear Bob talk about his optimistic outlook for increases in spending on construction starts in both the commercial building and residential housing sectors.

John Baugh Discusses the Q3 Results of the Publicly Traded Flooring Manufacturers

December 3, 2015—John Baugh, Managing Director with Stifel Nicolaus, and Kemp Harr discuss the projected year end flooring sales numbers and the 3Q results for Interface, Mohawk Industries and Armstrong. Listen to the interview to hear John's perspective on their performance versus expectations.

Susanne Klaproth Discusses the Growth and Highlights of Domotex Germany

December 1, 2015—Susanne Klaproth, Show Director with Domotex Germany, and Kemp Harr discuss the ocntinued success of this show as the global flooring show for every category of flooring except ceramic tile. Listen to the interview to hear specific information about the guest speakers and programs that make this show popular for professionals from around the world.

Dan Frierson Discusses the CRI and the Dixie Group's Third Quarter Results

November 23, 2015—Dan Frierson, Chairman of the Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of the CRI annual meeting and Dixie's third quarter results. Listen to the interview to hear more about the investments that Dixie has been making at virtually all of its production facilities to shore up its growth strategy—focused on the upper end of the commercial and residential carpet market.

Julius Shaw Reflects on his 40-year Career at Shaw as he Announces his Retirement

November 20, 2015—Julius Shaw, Executive VP with Shaw Industries, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of Julius' 40-year career with Shaw Industries. Listen to the interview to hear Julius talk about a few of the highlights, his outlook on the industry, plus a few of the secrets of his success.

Darius Helm Discusses the Highlights of this Years' Greenbuild Show in Washington, D.C.

November 19, 2015—Darius Helm, Executive Editor for Floor Focus Magazine, and Kemp Harr discuss a few observations from the Greenbuild Show in Washington, D.C. after the first day of walking the show. Listen to the interview to hear more about how this show compares to previous shows and who is exhibiting from the flooring industry.

Jon Pierce Discusses How Offering Consumer Credit has Grown his Retail Flooring Business

November 18, 2015—Jon Pierce, General Manager with Pierce Flooring and Cabinet Design in Montana, and Kemp Harr discuss how Jon's use of consumer credit, in a three way partnership with Synchrony Financial, Shaw and Pierce, has resulted in a 23% increase in average net sales with the largest flooring retailer in Montana. Listen to the interview for more details on consumer credit and also hear more about the retail flooring climate in Montana. Pierce Flooring is number 50 on Floor Focus' Top 100 retail list.

Rochelle Routman Discusses Mohawk's LEED Gold Office Building in Calhoun, Georgia

November 17, 2015—Rochelle Routman, VP of Sustainability for Mohawk Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss last week's ribbon cutting of Mohawk's LEED Gold certified office building and showroom in Calhoun, Georgia. Listen to the interview to hear more about this building, about another sustainability challenge that Mohawk is focusing on in Dalton, Georgia and about an even that Rochelle is hosting at Greenbuild in Washington, D.C. this week.

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