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.
August 17, 2003—Dean Marcarelli, Co-COO, Carpet One discusses the co-op’s new advertising program, which was announced at its Orlando, FL convention this past weekend convention. Also disussed the expansion of the Carpet One SelectAFloor concept into ceramic and stone and other programs introduced at the convention.
August 17, 2003—Charlie Dilks, Co-COO, Carpet One discusses the co-op's new advertising program, the research that lead up to the program, the co-op’s gains over the past year, its goals for the future and this year's Carpet One summer convention.
August 13, 2003—Frank O’Neill, Publisher, Floor Focus Magazine and Dave Foster, Host, FloorRadio discuss: Koch Industries announced negotiations to acquire DuPont Textiles and Interiors; Background concerning Koch Industries; Armstrong’s 2nd quarter loss and the company’s options after exiting Chapter 11 and; Berkshire Hathaway earnings that doubled in the 2nd quarter.
August 13, 2003—Jim Burke, Allegheny Contract, an independent flooring contract dealer and Starnet member and StarNet “HotShot” expert. discusses the company recycling effort that sees nearly all of the carpet removed in connection with Allegheny installations recycled. Burke talks about how the initiative began, its nominal costs and the rewards the company reaps as a result of the effort.