Karen is the 2023 2nd Vice President of the Pacific Seed Association and is Co-Owner of Clearwater Seed, Inc.
We asked Karen a few questions about her thoughts on the Industry, her career and a few fun questions about herself.
Company/ Person Questions How long have you worked at the company?
15 years, but I have 27 year of experience in grass seed industry
What is an interesting fact about you that not many people know?
I’ve run six marathons, and dozens of triathlons including Ironman
PSA Questions How long has your company been a member of PSA?
What’s your favorite part of being a member of PSA?
How many PSA events have you attended?
What have you enjoyed about them?
I enjoy the people
Favorite PSA convention location?
Industry Questions What industry publications do you listen to, watch, or read?
Seed World, Seed Today, and the Capitol Press
What professional growth books have you read recently?
Built to Last, by Jerry Parras and Jim Collins
What’s a quote you love about the seed industry?
“It All Starts Here”
Career Questions What career advice do you live by? Who gave it to you?
Every time we have a problem my mom says, “This too shall pass”.
What do you/did you love the most about your job?
The symbiotic relationship with my growers. They produce it; we clean it and market it. Hopefully, everyone makes money.
What experiences and past roles have led you to where you are today?
I grew up on a wheat/barley/grass seed farm where we learned to work hard and appreciate other people.
Fun Questions What are you reading or listening to?
Just finished Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Up next is The Wisdom of the Bullfrog by William McRaven
What would be the theme song of your life right now?
“It’s My Job” by Jimmy Buffet
What’s your favorite memory?
Running the Boson Marathon in 2009. Super fun day.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Both. Sleeping is a skill, and I am not good at it.