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Paul Cleary Discusses the Hospitality Market and Tarkett at the HD Expo

Paul Cleary Discusses the Hospitality Market and Tarkett at the HD Expo

May 14, 2019—Paul Cleary, President of Tarkett Hospitality, and Kemp Harr discuss the health of the commercial hospitality sector and Tarkett’s presence at the HD Expo this week—now with one booth that combines all of Tarkett’s flooring options—from rooms to public spaces and both hard and soft surface offerings. Listen to the interview for more details.

Thomas Baert Discusses His Perspective on the Chinese Tariff Issue

Thomas Baert Discusses His Perspective on the Chinese Tariff Issue

May 13, 2019—Thomas Baert, President of Firmfit and CFL Flooring, and Kemp Harr discuss Thomas' perspective, as a Belgium-educated business man with factories throughout Asia, on the trade debate between the U.S. and China and how it specifically will impact the floorcovering business. He doesn’t see a short term resolution and is relocating some of his production to Vietnam and Taiwan.

Bruce Zwicker Discusses Issues Impacting Growth of Hardwood Flooring

Bruce Zwicker Discusses Issues Impacting Growth of Hardwood Flooring

May 10, 2019--Bruce Zwicker, Flooring Industry Consultant, and Kemp Harr discuss factors that are negatively impacting the growth of the hardwood flooring business. Listen to the interview to hear Bruce discuss a few the issues that were brought up at the NWFA’s Annual Expo held last week in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mark Bischoff Discusses His New Role as President and CEO of Starnet

Mark Bischoff Discusses His New Role as President and CEO of Starnet

May 8, 2019—Mark Bischoff, the new President and CEO of Starnet, and Kemp Harr talk about the personnel changes at Starnet and the co-op’s key initiatives for the remainder of 2019. Listen to the interview for more details. One of group's focus is to grow its members’ competency in the ceramic tile installation sector.

Leonard Zmijewski and John Becker Discuss Equity Partnership

Leonard Zmijewski and John Becker Discuss Equity Partnership

May 7, 2019—Leonard Zmijewski and John Becker, principles with Mr. David's Flooring and Floors by Beckers, and Kemp Harr discuss the recent news of the equity partnership between the two commercial flooring contracting firms. Listen to the interview to hear more details about how the firms will work together in the future. Mr David’s is a Chicago-based firm that has been expanding and has taken an equity position in Floors by Becker based in Minneapolis. John Becker will continue as CEO of the Minneapolis-based operation which will maintain its brand, Floors by Beckers.

Jeanne Matson Discusses the Health and Future of the Cooperative

Jeanne Matson Discusses the Health and Future of the Cooperative

May 6, 2019—Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of StarNet, and Kemp Harr discuss business conditions with the co-op's membership, highlights of the meeting and Jeanne's plans as she passes the leadership role to Mark Bischoff. Listen to the interview recorded at StarNet's annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. StarNet is the largest group of commercial flooring contractors in the U.S.

Chad Chaffin Discusses The Challenges that Carpet Recyclers are Facing Today

Chad Chaffin Discusses The Challenges that Carpet Recyclers are Facing Today

May 2, 2019—Chad Chaffin, owner of Southeastern Recycling, and Kemp Harr discuss the issues that carpet collectors and sorters are having staying in business with increased tonnage of PET carpet moving through the system. Listen to the interview, recorded at the Carpet America Recycling Effort (CARE), annual meeting.

Michael Martin Discusses the Hardwood Market and the Upcoming NWFA Expo

Michael Martin Discusses the Hardwood Market and the Upcoming NWFA Expo

April 26, 2019—Michael Martin, CEO with National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), and Kemp Harr discuss highlights for the upcoming NWFA expo scheduled for May 1-3 in Fort Worth, Texas as well as shifts in demand for real wood flooring in the last year. Listen to the interview for more details.

Brandon Culpepper Discusses Orian Rugs' Recent Growth and 40th Anniversary

Brandon Culpepper Discusses Orian Rugs' Recent Growth and 40th Anniversary

April 24, 2019—Brandon Culpepper, Chief Revenue Officer for Orian Rugs, and Kemp Harr discuss this domestic woven rug producer’s rapid growth, aggressive plans and anniversary celebration. Listen to the interview for more details and to hear how Orian fits into the overall area rug business here in the U.S.