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.


Amie Gilmore Discusses Highlights and Changes to the January Surfaces Expo in Las Vegas

December 23, 2015 — Amie Gilmore, Show Director of The International Surface Event, and Kemp Harr, discuss the upcoming show at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Listen to the interview to hear about some of the layout and schedule changes to this year's show that runs from January 19th to 22nd.


Bob Shaw Discusses Engineered Floors Decision to Acquire J+J Industries

December 22, 2015—Bob Shaw, CEO with Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the strategy behind Engineered Floor's decision to acquire J+J Industries. Listen to the interview to hear more about the synergies and also hear Bob's growth outlook for 2016.


Tom Lape Discusses Mohawk's Decision to Return as an Exhibitor at Surfaces in January

December 21, 2015—Tom Lape, President of Mohawk's Residential Business, and Kemp Harr discuss Mohawk's decision to return to the show floor at the Surfaces Expo in January. Listen to the interview to hear more about their unified presence plus a section at the end that summarizes the health of the different business sectors as we look back at the end of 2015.


Kermit Baker With His Outlook for the Residential and Commercial Construction Markets for 2016

December 18, 2015—Harvard Economist Kermit Baker and Kemp Harr discuss November's Architecture Billings Index and the Joint Center for Housing Studies' latest read on residential remodel activity for 2016. Listen to the interview to hear Kermit's optimistic outlook for the coming year.


Santo Torcivia Discusses His Latest Economic Forecast and Its Impact on Floorcovering Sales

December 15, 2015—Santo Torcivia, Economist with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr discuss Santo's recently released quarterly Market Monitor and the adjustments he has made on his forecast as the year end approaches. Listen to the interview to hear Santo's economic outlook for the future and the bearing that will have on floorcovering sales.


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.

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