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Getting to know: Gary Weiner from Saxon Shoes

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timberland discount timberland boots Saxon Shoes president Gary Weiner Fri. Jan. 13, 2012 at the
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Getting to know: Gary Weiner from Saxon Shoes

timberland boots Title: President and CEO of Saxon Shoes, which has a store at Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County and a store in Fredericksburg. The family-owned company is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
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timberland boots on sale Career: “Shoveled snow, starting at age 6. Worked through high school carrying bricks, for a paver, running stock and selling shoes at Saxon. During college, sold smoke and heat detectors door to door, sold ads for the University of Maryland newspaper, then went into the family business, Saxon Shoes. I dabble with rental houses and classic cars.”
In which part of town do you live? “We’ve always lived up and down Patterson from the Libbie area to Gaskins, but recently we ventured out to Manakin-Sabot and that has been a nice change of pace.”
Best business decision: “A couple of good ones come to mind; 1) Moving from Libbie Avenue out next to Regency Square tripled our space and allowed us to grow for years (the store moved and expanded to Short Pump Town Center in 2005). 2) Having a good agent and insurance when we burned down in 2001, allowing us to keep our entire staff and reopen our business nine months after the store burned to the ground. But honestly, I hope my best decisions are in front of me.”
Worst business decision: “Early on, thinking I knew more than I knew.”
Mistake you learned the most from: “The word should be ‘mistakes’ and there are way too many and the list will always grow as we try and build a better business.”
What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years? “Competing with the giants in this information age will be a challenge, but people like trying shoes on, so there is an opportunity … for service-oriented shoe stores with a unique selection as well as the commodities.”
First job after college: Working for Saxon Shoes.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? “I would have been more organized and focused at an earlier age and not changed anything else.”
Movie that inspired you the most: “I really do not read books, and movies are for fun. People and events inspire me.”
Favorite/least favorite subject in school: “Recess and lunch were always my favorites, the rest ... ehh.”
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