Flooring Interviews

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.

Keith Gray Discusses J+J Flooring Group's Senior Living Research Project with SAGE

Keith Gray Discusses J+J Flooring Group's Senior Living Research Project with SAGE

August 24, 2017—Keith Gray, director of applied research with J+J Flooring Group, and Kemp Harr discuss J+J's commitment to fund a senior living post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of a recently completed senior living facility to seek feedback on the performance of the interior finishes. This project extends beyond the floors. Listen to the interview to hear more about what SAGE is, when the results will be presented and what J+J's role is in the project.

Charlie Dilks Discusses Product and Channel Trends in the Retail Flooring Business

Charlie Dilks Discusses Product and Channel Trends in the Retail Flooring Business

August 15, 2017—Charlie Dilks, Chief Product Officer at CCA Global, and Kemp Harr discuss product and channel shifts within the retail flooring business. Listen to the interview for more insight on the consumer's preference for hard surface, the long term health of the independent retailers as well as the threat of e-commerce to brick and mortar stores.

Eric Demaree Discusses Carpet One's 2017 Summer Convention

Eric Demaree Discusses Carpet One's 2017 Summer Convention

August 10, 2017—Eric Demaree, President of Carpet One, and Kemp Harr discuss the highlights of Carpet One's summer convention in Salt Lake City. Listen to the interview to hear what the co-op is doing to improve the success of its member's retail flooring businesses.

Keith Spano Discusses Highlights from the Flooring America Summer Meeting

Keith Spano Discusses Highlights from the Flooring America Summer Meeting

August 9, 2017—Keith Spano, President of Flooring America, International Design Guild and Floor Trader, and Kemp Harr discuss the focus of this group's summer meeting in Salt Lake City Utah. Listen to the interview to hear more details on sales momentum, digital marketing, product diversity and new product introductions.

Mike DeGrace Discusses Foss Flooring's Strategy After Divesting From Automotive Sector

Mike DeGrace Discusses Foss Flooring's Strategy After Divesting From Automotive Sector

August 2, 2017—Mike DeGrace, President and part owner of Foss Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the firm's new focus in floorcovering after its divestiture from the automotive sector last week. Listen to the interview to hear how the company has reinvented itself and now focuses on needle punch PET products made primarily from recycled water bottles. Now with three manufacturing facilities in Georgia, the company has grown to become the market share leader in non woven carpet here in the U.S.

Michel Giannuzzi Discusses Tarkett's Growth Under His 10 Year Leadership as CEO

Michel Giannuzzi Discusses Tarkett's Growth Under His 10 Year Leadership as CEO

July 28, 2017—Michel Giannuzzi, CEO with Tarkett, and Kemp Harr discuss Tarkett's recent global business results and the positive changes that have occurred within the company during Michel's 10 years at the helm. Listen to the interview to hear more about the company overall and more specifically, changes in the North American division. Michel steps down as CEO of Tarkett in early September and steps into the leadership role at Veralla Packaging—one of the top 3 glass bottle companies in the world.

Neil Poland Discusses Consumer Reports' Flooring Article and Mullican's Ranking

Neil Poland Discusses Consumer Reports' Flooring Article and Mullican's Ranking

July 26, 2017—Neil Poland, President of Mullican Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss the August issue of Consumer Reports and its recommendations for which flooring is best for different rooms in a typical home. Listen to the interview to hear Mullican's strong ranking in comparison to the other major producers, whether that makes a difference in sales, plus hear Neil take exception with their kitchen and basement recommendation.

Rick Myers Discusses Myers' 60th Anniversary as a Floorcovering Retailer

Rick Myers Discusses Myers' 60th Anniversary as a Floorcovering Retailer

July 25, 2017—Rick Myers, Co-owner of Myers Carpet and Flooring, with retail stores in Atlanta, Dalton and Nashville, and Kemp Harr discuss this independent retailer's 60th anniversary. Listen to the interview to hear Rick talk about the past and his current position as one of the largest wool carpet dealers in the Southeast. Myers has never been part of a buying group and their business has evolved over the years and now includes selling flooring to the Georgia movie making industry.