August 28, 2003—Jim Walker, CEO, Certified Floorcovering Installers discusses the organization’s recently held Kansas City convention, the state of installation in today’s floor covering industry. Walker also evaluates the industry's installation needs, and discusses the organization's nation-wide training program.
August 27, 2003—Frank O’Neill, Publisher, Floor Focus Magazine and Dave Foster, Host, FloorRadio discuss: the CCA Global Partners/Floor Covering Industry Foundation's First Annual Charity Golf Tournament; the corporate name change of Domco Tarkett to Tarkett; Solutia’s settlement of the Alabama PCB litigation case; The receivership of UK’s Carpet International; The UK Carpet Industries ad campaign; and Lowe’s survey of men vs. women's DIY trends.
August 26, 2003—Paul Friedrichsen, Executive VP at the Hauser Group looks at the dos and don’ts of trade shows, how exhibitors can best prepare for them, how they should work them and how they can get the most from the follow-up after the show is over.
August 25, 2003—Werner Braun, President, Carpet & Rug Institute discusses and questionable news story that was aired over a local Washington, DC TV station. Braun also discusses the association’s efforts to scour scientific literature to support the concept of carpet for a better environment and provides updates on the Seal of Approval and the Commercial Carpet Caucus.
August 25, 2003—Mike Barker, Investment & Retirement Management discusses rising mortgage rates, the drop off in refinancings and their affect on housing and floorcovering shares. Barker talks about his expectations for commercial spaces and apartments in the third and fourth quarters, and about the indicators he watches closest during these volatile times.
August 22, 2003—John Simonson of WebStream Dynamics talks about the Sobig virus, namely, the havoc it has spread to corporate networks and systems around the world, overloading email servers. Simonson discusses how the virus spreads, how computer users can guard against contracting viruses, the motives the hacker may have for initiating viruses, and his views of trends in the viruses of the future.
August 21, 2003—Hal Long, Exec. VP, Shaw Commercial, discusses the past 12 months in the commercial arena, the competition, the structure of Shaw Commercial, the Internet, hard surface, the company’s sustainability stance, flux, the company’s win at Neocon, Eco solution Q, Ecoworx, a Walk in the Garden, the William McDonough Design Portfolio and how Mohawk’s acquisition of Lees will affect the market.
August 19, 2003—Frank O’Neill, Publisher, Floor Focus Magazine and Dave Foster, Host, FloorRadio discuss: Carpet One’s summer convention, the co-op’s new ad program, which was announced at the convention, the program’s concept, it’s theme; “More Floors… More Choices… Carpet One”, its cost and its research. Also discussed Carpet One’s new Selectafloor program for ceramic, Solutia’s announcement that Chapter 11 may be an option for its liquidity situation and, Interface’s new Cool Carpet.
August 18, 2003—Jon Trivers, Marketing Wit & Wisdom looks at Coverings the trade show, the reasons behind the board of directors’ decision to change show management firms, the competition that exists between the two shows, the new PanAmerican Stone & Tile Show and effects this show may have on both coverings and Surfaces.
August 18, 2003—Larry Winter, Winter & Harris CPAs discusses managing cash flow and inventory for mid and small-sized business. Winter contends that small business, despite models and computer programs, should actually out perform larger companies in these areas and offering some rules for the road and tips to excel in this arena.