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.


Sean Cilona Discusses Florida Tile's 60th Anniversary

March 4, 2014—Sean Cilona, Director of Marketing for Florida Tile, and Kemp Harr, talk about Florida Tile's 60th anniversary. Listen to the interview to hear more about the history of this company that was purchased by the Sikes family in Florida in 1954 and is now part of the Panaria Group and is headquartered in Lawrenceburg, KY.


Bart Bettiga Gives a Preview of the Coverings Expo In Vegas

March 3, 2014—Bart Bettiga, Executive Director with the National Tile Contractors Association, and Kemp Harr, discuss the highlights of the upcoming Coverings Expo scheduled for late April in Las Vegas. The NTCA is one of the 5 owners of the Coverings show. Listen to the interview to hear about this year's 25th anniversary celebration and other details.


Johnny Massey Discusses Brintons' Relationship with Virginia Langley

February 26, 2014—Johnny Massey, VP of Operations for Brintons, and Kemp Harr, discuss Brintons' new design collaboration with Virginia Langley—a west coast designer and artist. Listen to the interview to hear more about this and to hear details about the current state of the hospitality market.


Dan Frierson Discusses Dixie's Year End Results

February 25, 2014—Dan Frierson, Chairman with the Dixie Group, and Kemp Harr, discuss Dixie's stellar performance in 2013 whereby the company far outpaced the industry in both the residential and commercial markets. Listen to the interview to hear Dan explain this growth and also talk about how the company plans to sustain this growth rate.


Bob Baldocchi Discusses Emser Tile's Expansion into New Markets

February 21, 2014—Bob Baldocchi, Director of Sales and Marketing with Emser Tile, and Kemp Harr, discuss Emser's two new distribution centers (taking their total to 57) and their plans to open four more this year. Listen to the interview to hear more about Emser's business model in the tile business and their strategy for continued growth.


Bo Barber Discusses Ecore's Use of Olympic Athletes to Launch a New Brand

February 20, 2014—Bo Barber, VP of Sales and Marketing with Ecore International, and Kemp Harr, discuss Ecore's use of current olympic athletes to assist the company in the positioning and launch of a new brand. Listen to the interview to hear more about this innovative marketing program.


Lee Martin Discusses Masland's New Partnership with Desso

February 19, 2014—Lee Martin, President of Masland Contract, and Kemp Harr, discuss Masland's new joint venture with Desso, an international flooring company based in the Netherlands. In the hospitality sector, it unites the offerings from both companies for a more complete package focused in hospitality--with a combined sales force. Plus, in the broader modular carpet market, Masland will distribute Desso's products into North America.  


James Lesslie Discusses Engineered Floors' Growth and Product Focus for 2014

February 18, 2014—James Lesslie, Assistant to the Chairman for Engineered Floors, and Kemp Harr, discuss EF's phenomenal growth since its beginning less than four years ago, in addition to talking about the size and scope of its third plant which is under construction. Watch the video to see more details around EF's new products for 2014, plus a discussion about where its growth will come from in 2014.


Roger Farabee Discusses Quick-Step's Entry into the Hardwood Category

February 17, 2014—Roger Farabee, Sr. VP with Unilin, and Kemp Harr, discuss Quick-Step's new product introductions at Surfaces—which includes a new line of engineered hardwood called Q-Wood. Watch the video to see more details about this new wood product with its low gloss, oiled finish look as well as the company's new laminate products for 2014.


Jack Raidy Discusses Taylor's new MS Plus Resilient Adhesive

February 14, 2014—Jack Raidy, President of W.F. Taylor, and Kemp Harr, discuss W.F. Taylor's new MS Plus resilient adhesive. As you will see in this video (recorded at Surfaces 2014), this new technology is a clean (solvent free), adhesive that also acts as a moisture barrier, leveler and sound reducer. Watch the video for more details.

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