Meet our VP of Sales, Karry Johnson!

Posted On: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 , News

Karry Johnson, AKA the office prankster. He has been known to hack into peoples computers and send inappropriate emails and pictures...all in good fun of course. Aside from Karry's jokester personality, he is the driving force that runs our sales team and without him, well, we would still sell product but we wouldn't look as good doing it!

1. W: What is your sign?
KJ: Sagittarius

2. W: What is something you've lied about?
KJ: Could it maybe be stretch the truth? Maybe my age...

(don't most women do that?)

3. W: If you were an ice cream, what flavor would you be?
KJ: ROCKY ROAD (caps because there was so much excitement)

4. W: Would you prefer to be the tortoise or the hare?
KJ: The hare! I was a sprinter in HS and college.

5. W: What do you think happened to Jimmy Hoffa?
KJ: (He laughed) Great question! I think that he is definitely burried in the great state of Michigan. Outside of that, you'll have to ask the FBI.

6. W: What is your best physical feature?
KJ: My athletic build
W: Okay, your worst?
KJ: My hair...or lack there of.

7. W: What are you afraid of?
KJ: I hate snakes! When I was younger and fishing with my grandma, a kid came up to me with a snake and asked me if I was a man or a mouse.. I said I'M A MOUSE!!

8. W: Would you rather be eternally homeless or a rich woman?
KJ: Rich Woman

(This probably goes back to the lying about his age question)

9. W: Play any sports?
KJ: I was a sprinter, point guard, and wide receiver

10. W: Where did you go to college?
KJ: Willamette University

11. W: If you could have any magic power, what would it be?
KJ: To fly! You get places faster

12. W: How many licks does it take until you get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
KJ: 96

13. W: If you were a rapper, what would your name be and what would you rap about?
KJ: Asian Sensation! I like people who rap about real life scenarios and talk about things people really don't like to discuss, like addiction. I'd like to express myself personally.

(Um... Asian Sensation went deep with that one)

14. W: Favorite food?
KJ: I love my mom's cooking. Specifically fried rice

15. W: You walk into your house and there is a family of squirrels making dinner on your stove. What do you do?
KJ: Go join them! Whatever everyone is having, please give me some because I'm going through some kind of trip right now.

16. W: If you were an animal, what would you be?
KJ: Dolphin - They are cool, everyone likes them, and they are free!

17. W: Married? Kids?
KJ: Yes, married with two kids.

18. W: Who's your daddy?
KJ: Johnny Johnson

19: W: Favorite holiday and why?
KJ:
Christmas because it's a good time for family to be together and be thankful. It's nice to give back to the kids and see the enjoyment of being a child again.

20. W: What is one thing most people don't know about you?
KJ: That i'm like a little flower (HAHA). In all seriousness, I'm a fairly shy person.

 

There you have it folks. The flower dolphin named Asian Sensation.

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Meet Our Marketing Manager, Marshall Davis

Posted On: Sunday, June 30, 2013 , News

Meet Marshall Davis, our Wolverine Marketing Manager. Equipped with a beard that would make most men jealous, Marshall is a true Wolverine man. Vegetarians beware; his desk has enough bacon paraphernalia to send you into shock. Who knew Yankee Candle made a bacon scented candle?! Aside from his strange obsession with bacon, the marketing team is lucky to have Marshall and his beard. Enjoy the not so normal interview with Marshall below.

 

1.    W: M&M’s or Skittles?
MD: Skittles

2.    W: You just won a million dollars, what is the first thing you buy?
MD: House on the water


(He had the happiest look on his face)

3.    W: If you could hide anything in your beard, what would it be?
MD: Bacon

(I mean, wasn’t that the obvious answer?)

4.    W: If you could invite any 5 peopleto dinner, who would you choose?
MD: Ryan Gosling, Richard Prier, Wes Anderson, John Lennon, my Father.

5.    W: What came first, the chicken or the egg?
MD:
The Chicken
W:
Why?
MD:  Because it tastes better.

(Valid point)

6.    W: If you were a biscuit, what kind would you be?
MD: Buttermilk

(There was no hesitation with this one… he’s clearly thought about it)

 

7.    W: What was the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to you?
MD:
I almost died in a car accident ona road trip in college.


8.    W: If Hollywood was making a movie about you, who would you want to play you?
MD: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

 

9.    W: Bacon…go!
MD: YES…I like it. It’s meat candy. Quite possibly the world’s most perfect food.

(Meat candy? I thought only girls said that at bachelorette parties)


10.    W: If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?
MD: Call someone on my little shrunken cell phone that I still have on me.

 

11.    W: You’re home alone in the middle of the night and you hear a fart…are you scared or do you laugh?
MD: Oh I’d laugh.


12.    W: Where did you go to college?
MD: GVSU


13.    W: Where did you grow up?
MD: Albion, MI

14.    W: Tell us about your beard.
MD: It started out as a joke. Now it defines who I am.

15.    W: Favorite thing about Wolverine Brand?
MD: It’s like a family.


16.    W: What do you do in your spare time?
MD: I spend it with my family.


17.    W: Where did you meet your wife and what was the first thing that came to mind?
MD: I met her at John Ball Zoo during an internship. First thing I thought was ‘I wish she didn’t have a boyfriend’.


18.    W: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
MD: New Zealand


19.    W: Who let the dogs out?
MD: Lauren Mack


20.    W: What is something that drives you crazy?
MD: Loud sighing. Burnt bacon. Burnt bacon drives me crazy or too crispy bacon.


Long story short, Marshall really loves bacon.
Thanks for reading!

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Gear Junkie Lauches ' Tough as a Wolverine' Photo Challenge!

Posted On: Thursday, June 27, 2013 , Events

We want to see your “animal” side! Our photo contest with Wolverine runs today (June 27, 2013) through the company’s Extreme Wolverine Challenge Race on July 13, where hundreds of racers get wild on a six-mile obstacle course.

 

The Rules: Send in your best outdoor adventure or exercise-oriented photos to enter. We’ll judge on photo look and feel, originality, fun, humor, and overall “toughness” of the subject captured in action.

To Submit: Email your photos here. (mail to contest@gearjunkie.com if the link doesn’t work on your system). Include a one-sentence description.

Photo Rights: You keep all rights. Submitting an image gives GearJunkie and Wolverine the option to display the images on blog and social media. NOTE: By submitting an image you are agreeing to the official rules.

The Prizes! 50 prizes in all, including Wolverine-branded metal water bottles to be shipped to the top 45 photographers! In addition, the top 5 best photos (as chosen by our staff) win Wolverine shoes, boots, and gear from the GearJunkie vault.

Deadline: Submit your photos here starting today. Final submissions must be made by July 13, 2013. Good luck!

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Meet the President, Todd Yates!

Posted On: Saturday, June 15, 2013 , News

Meet the President of the Wolverine Brand, Todd Yates. Todd hails from New Jersey and anyone who works with Todd would agree, he is quite the character. Being a shoe guru is only one of his many talents. Below is a little questionnaire we gave Todd, and let us tell you, some of the responses even shocked us! 

 

 

1. W: What did you want to be when you grew up?

TY: I don’t know! Let’s call my parents, they will know! 

(After calling both his mother and father, the only thing we could come up with was that Todd wanted to be a professional athlete. I’m pretty sure this first question has lost him some sleep the past couple of nights.)

 

2. W: What is the worst thing you did as a kid?

TY: Threw up peppermint schnapps and Rocky Roco Pizza in front of my sisters’ door. I couldn’t make it to the bathroom! 

(We were thinking more along the lines of biting the neighbor kid… but this works too.)

 

3. W: Where did you go to college?

TY: University of Wisconsin Whitewater 

 

4. W: Are you married? Have any kids?

TY: Yes, I’m married and I have 2 daughters and 3 step children 

 

5. W: Who was your favorite super hero?

TY: I don’t really have one. But I do wish I had a Genie! (He then proceeded to do the traditional Genie head bob with his arms folded…multiple times.) 

 

6. W: Who is your favorite sports team?

TY: Houston Texans 

 

7. W: If you could say one thing to the President of the United States, what would it be?

TY: No Comment.

 

8. W: What is a random surprising fact about you?

TY: I watch Glee. I read a lot of people magazine and I’d have to say Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite movies. (Wait, what?!) 

 

9. W: Who is your celebrity crush?

TY: My wife is going to kill me. I’ve always had a thing for Sela Ward. Megan Markel is pretty good looking too. 

 

10. W: What is your favorite Wolverine shoe?

TY: That is easy, the 1000 Mile Boot. 

 

11. W: Favorite TV show 

TY: Suits

 

12. W: What is your favorite movie?

TY: My all time? Probably Top Gun. The world could be ending, but if Top Gun was on, I’d have to stop and watch. Recently my favorite movie is Bridesmaids. 

 

13. W: Your favorite saying?

TY: Yes Ma’am. Of course I will honey. Yes, that looks great on you (smart man) 

 

14. W: Have any bad habits?

TY: Smoking. (said with a guilty tone) 

 

15. W: Do you have any hobbies?

TY: Golfing and relaxing. 

 

So there you have it! There is Todd in a nutshell. 

Come back next week when we talk about our Director of Marketing, Kelly Redinger!

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Help Keep the Rogue River Beautiful!

Posted On: Monday, June 03, 2013 , Events

Join us Saturday, June 8th at 9AM as we help to keep the Rogue River looking beautiful.

 Click Here to register!

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Re-Boot Yourself - Wolverine Photo Contest

Posted On: Monday, April 30, 2012 , News

Even the most rugged soles need a Re-Boot! We know our customers work hard every day and so do their boots.  As a way to say thank you, Wolverine is giving them a chance to win a new pair of Wolverine boots.  It’s easy – just “Like” our Facebook Page and then share a photo of your well-worn Wolverine boots with us by May 31, 2012 for a chance to win a $200.00 gift card. One grand prize winner will also receive a $500.00 gift card.  Everyone who submits a photo will receive a free Wolverine hat.

Click here to submit an entry. We look forward to seeing all the photos!

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Introducing Wolverine ICS for Fall 2011

Posted On: Sunday, August 07, 2011 , News

New for fall 2011, Wolverine is introducing a brand new collection of outdoor boots and shoes featuring Wolverine ICS technology. Wolverine ICS is designed to help you hike longer, climb higher and go further by providing personalized comfort and backed by a 30 Day Comfort Guarantee. By adjusting the gel disc under the insole, you can choose from one of four comfort settings – cushion, firm, inner or outer support – depending on your individual needs.

In order to perfect Wolverine ICS, Wolverine has performed qualitative consumer research, quantitative online research and numerous wear tests with passionate outdoor adventures. Based on focus groups, online surveys and field tests, Wolverine analyzed what serious outdoorsmen and women desire in their footwear; much of the effectiveness of Wolverine ICS in meeting those needs rests on this extensive research.

Check out the Wolverine ICS video below and learn more about how Wolverine ICS can work for you!

 

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Paper to Product

Posted On: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 , News

Welcome to the Wolverine Den – your online place for everything Wolverine, from FACEBOOK, Twitter, videos and the latest news.  

Wolverine has been designing and making boots since 1883.  While we understand all that goes into making a great, comfortable pair of boots we also realize most people aren’t familiar with the day-to-day processes that bring a work boot to life. So we created a video series called “American Tradition” to give you behind-the-scenes look at Wolverine. 

“Paper to Product” is the first video in the series, which uncovers our process for developing a work boot, from the initial design concept to testing of the final product. TV host and licensed contractor, Jason Cameron, recently visited our company headquarters in Rockford, MI and to meet the folks at Wolverine and discover how our boots are made.

 

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