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.

Robert Dietz Discusses the NAHB's Outlook for Housing Growth

Robert Dietz Discusses the NAHB's Outlook for Housing Growth

June 7, 2017—Robert Dietz, Chief economist with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Kemp Harr discuss the continued growth of single family housing starts, the leveling off in the Multifamily sector as well as moderate growth in the existing housing market. Listen to the interview to hear more about what's driving this, the forecast for growth in the future and the desirability of home ownership primarily in the suburbs.

Chris Stulpin Discusses Tarkett's Expanded Presentation at NeoCon

Chris Stulpin Discusses Tarkett's Expanded Presentation at NeoCon

June 1, 2017—Chris Stulpin, SVP of Design for Tarkett, and Kemp Harr discuss Tarkett's expanded presentation in the merchandise Mart in a permanent showroom on the third floor that is three times bigger than the firm's previous presentation. Listen to the interview to hear more about this investment as well as a preview of the scope of Tarkett's NeoCon product launches.

A.J. Boyajian Discusses His Family's Strategic Decision to Acquire the Williston Weaves Brand

A.J. Boyajian Discusses His Family's Strategic Decision to Acquire the Williston Weaves Brand

June 24, 2017—A.J. Boyajian, a partner in A.J. Rose Carpets and Floors, and Kemp Harr discuss the family's decision to add the Williston Weaves brand to their existing retail flooring business in the greater Boston area. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how this decision brings another channel dimension to their operation. Williston Weaves is a well known trade only brand in the area.

Santo Torcivia Discusses Flooring Growth Rates from 2015 to 2018

Santo Torcivia Discusses Flooring Growth Rates from 2015 to 2018

May 22, 2017—Santo Torcivia, an economist with Market Insights, and Kemp Harr discuss growth rates within the domestic flooring business by surface type and by sector. Listen to the interiew for more details to see which sectors are offering the most growth and which are lagging.

Byron Morton and Julie Kohl Discuss the Outlook and Changes at NeoCon for 2017

Byron Morton and Julie Kohl Discuss the Outlook and Changes at NeoCon for 2017

May 16, 2017—Byron Morton and Julie Kohl, both with the Merchandise Mart, and Kemp Harr discuss highlights and enhancements to next month's NeoCon show scheduled for June 12 to 14 in Chicago. Listen to the interview to hear details of physical enhancements to the property as well as the great programming that's been developed for the show.

Bob Peoples Discusses the Progress CARE is Making in its Mission to Recycle Carpet

Bob Peoples Discusses the Progress CARE is Making in its Mission to Recycle Carpet

May 11, 2017—Bob Peoples, Executive Director with the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and Kemp Harr discuss the progress and challenges that CARE is facing to accomplish its mission. Listen to the interview to get an update on California's AB-2398 issues, on CARE's recently published Annual Report and on new outlets for post consumer carpet components.

Paul Cleary with Lexmark Discusses Last Week's Hospitality Design Show

Paul Cleary with Lexmark Discusses Last Week's Hospitality Design Show

May 8, 2017—Paul Cleary, CEO with Lexmark, and Kemp Harr discuss last week's Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas and trends in the hospitality sector. Listen to the interview to hear Paul talk about a few of the flooring trends in hotel rooms as well as the momentum of the business overall.