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.


Rex Revard Discusses New Products for HPS Schönox for 2014

February 10, 2014—(Recorded at Surfaces 2014), Rex Revard, Western Regional Business Manager with HPS Schönox, and Kemp Harr, Publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, discuss some of the new products for floor preparation that are being shown at Surfaces. Watch the video to learn more about what is new in this category of the flooring business.


Piet Dossche Discusses USFloors' New Products for 2014

February 7, 2014—Piet Dossche, Owner and CEO with USFloors, and Kemp Harr, discuss enhancements to its CoreTec flooring as well as additional new cork, bamboo and engineered hardwood products. Watch the video recorded at Surfaces 2014 to learn more about these new products.


Kim Holm Ed Duncan and Joe Amato Discuss Mannington Mill's New Product Introductions for 2014

February 6, 2014—(Filmed at Surfaces 2014), Kim Holm, President of Mannington's Residential Business; Ed Duncan, VP of Marketing; and Joe Amato, VP of Design, discuss Mannington Mill's continued growth and the company's newest products for 2014. Watch the video to see the highlights of these new products and programs.


John Wu Discusses Novalis' Plans for Global Growth in the LVT Sector

February 5, 2014—John Wu, CEO with Novalis (one of the top 5 LVT producers in the world), and Kemp Harr, discuss changes that Novalis is making in its go to market strategy. Listen to the interview to hear how this 30 year old LVT producer plans to grow its marketshare in the U.S. Also learn that Novalis has the license to use the Stainmaster brand for LVT.


Laurey Banker and Bruce Ziegler Discuss Tarkett's New Products and Growth Initiatives for 2014

February 4, 2014—Bruce Ziegler and Laurey Banker, Directors of Product Development for the residential and commercial sectors of Tarkett (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the new products and programs that Tarkett is launching for 2014. Watch the video filmed at Surfaces in Las Vegas for more details.


Royalty Carpet Mills Discusses New Products and Recent Investments for 2014

February 3, 2014—Andrea Greenleaf and Jeff Hudson, CEO and VP Sales and Marketing at Royalty Carpet Mills (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the investments and new product introductions that Royalty has placed its focus on in the past 6 months. Watch the video to see more details. Video was taped at Surfaces 2014.


Tom Mangas and Kevin Biederman Discuss Armstrong's Surfaces Experience

January 31, 2014—Tom Mangas and Kevin Biederman, CEO of Armstrong Flooring Worldwide and Sr VP of Armstrong's Residential Flooring Business (respectively), and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of Armstrong's Surfaces experience in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear more about Tom's background and current initiatives as well as Armstrong's latest product initiatives.


Gary Cissell Discusses His New Role at Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart

January 30, 2014—Gary Cissell, Director of Operations with Bob's Carpet and Flooring Mart (a 15-store flooring retailer on the west coast of Florida), and Kemp Harr, discuss Gary's new role and his focus for growth for 2014. Listen to the interview to hear more.


Michael Longwell Discusses Airbase's Retail Business and the LVT Market

January 29, 2014--Michael Longwell, President of Pennsylvania-based Airbase Carpet & Tile, and Kemp Harr, discuss the wide variety of luxury vinyl products in the market today. Listen to the interview to find out what the category means to Airbase's business and how it fits into the firm's product mix. Also find out how Airbase views business conditions for 2014, and how it competes in the market against the mass merchants. This interview was taped at the National Floorcovering Alliance meeting in Las Vegas.


Jonathan Witt Discusses Oriental Weavers Rug Business from the World Market in Las Vegas

January 27, 2014—Jonathan Witt, Vice President with Oriental Weavers, and Kemp Harr, discuss the health of OW's rug business, product trends, and rising price points. Listen to the interview to hear more about OW's message from the World Market in Las Vegas.

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