Speaker Bio

Julie Kouhia

Julie Kouhia

CEO, Molbak's Garden + Home

Julie joined Molbak’s in 2006 as COO, and has deep experience leading all aspects of Molbak’s retail opera-tions. Prior to working at Molbak’s, Julie was a marketing executive at Starbucks and Amazon for a com-bined seven years. Julie has a passion for business and her specialties include increasing profitability, com-petitive advantage, and long-term value by growing/strengthening customer relationships and developing and delivering effective new business partnerships and programs. Julie earned an MBA from UCLA Ander-son School of Management, a MA from University of Washington and a BA from Washington State Univer-sity. She currently serves on the UW Bothell School of Business and is a member of Vistage International for CEOs. A native of Washington, Julie is an avid walker and enjoys Pilates. Julie has been part of the Molbak’s leadership team during many changes, including the decision to stop growing to focus solely on creating a successful retail experience in 2012. Molbak’s is No. 19 on Garden Center magazine’s 2018 Top 100 Independent Garden Centers list.


Keynote: Staying Relevant in a Quickly Evolving World: What Are Other Retailers Doing and How Can Garden Centers Compete?

February 20 @ 8:30 AM