Off the Clock Profile #10: Karl Moehring

CEO of Washington Shoe Company, Kent

August 31, 2017

John Levesque

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EDITORS NOTE: This is one in a monthly series of miniprofiles featuring local executives off the clock.

EXECUTIVES NAME, TITLE AND COMPANY NAME.
Karl Moehring, CEO, Washington Shoe Company

TELL US WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES AND WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS BUSINESS.
Washington Shoe Company is a family-owned, family-focused footwear company, offering mostly rubber-based shoes and boots. I initially joined the Washington Shoe Company team because I saw it as an opportunity to contribute to and help my familys longtime business, but I stayed at Washington Shoe because I quickly realized I love the cycles of retail and the process of taking an idea and turning it into a product people love.

WHAT BOOK/TV SHOW/PODCAST ARE YOU READING/WATCHING/LISTENING TO AND WHY?
Im reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown because I joined a group called Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and we recently had a retreat where Greg spoke. Im just now digging into it, but it challenges you to allow what wows you to guide your decisions, which I find really interesting.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT IN SEATTLE?
This ones easy. As a diehard Seahawks fan, it has to be CenturyLink Field on a Sunday during football season.

WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE AND WHY?
I drive a blue BMW M3 my dream car since high school!

TELL US SOMETHING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU.
Gardening and landscaping are my meditation. Its very relaxing for me, and since I was raised to be frugal, I love buying a plant for $1.99 and watching it grow into something that would cost $50. Its a bonus that I get to test out some of our new shoe products simultaneously.

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Im a wine collector, so I really enjoy spending my free time at our states amazing wineries. I especially love syrahs and cabernets from Walla Walla.

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