This month we’re excited for you to meet a guy who doesn’t love the spotlight, but definitely deserves to be featured, Rob Hall. He’s our materials supervisor and is involved in pretty much everything here at Cameron’s.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Mankato, Dilworth, and Windom, MN. I also lived in Rapid City but I was way too young to count that. My dad was in the Air Force at the end of the Vietnam war, in Okinawa and Thailand. He came home and that first year I was born we were in Windom, then he got stationed in Rapid City. We were there till I was 2, and then we moved to Mankato because my dad was going to Mankato State for school. My first memory was in Mankato, it was having my third birthday party and then seeing my brother who was just born. I remember getting presents, having my grandparents there, and waving up to my mom in the window with my baby brother.
Where do you live now?
Now I live in Norwood Young America. I will be moving to Shakopee in July, which means I’ll be really close to work.
When did you first try Cameron’s?
When I started here, and I can’t remember what Patrick first gave me, but I’ve tried and I just don’t like coffee. I give Cameron’s to my family and friends though, and everybody loves it – and I’m not just saying that.
What are your family’s favorite Cameron’s blends, and how do they typically like to brew their coffee?
My sister really likes Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend, she and my brother-in-law use a French press. My mom likes French Roast and brews single serve, and for my aunt it’s Toasted Southern Pecan in a regular drip brewer. She loves the way it tastes and smells, and she tells me, “I’ll even brew it just to have the smell in my house.”
When did you start working at Cameron’s, and what do you do?
I started working here in January of 2014. My major roles include purchasing of shipping and material components, keeping forklift certifications up to date, and overseeing the receiving of materials and shipping components. Also, keeping the components warehouse organized as much as possible.
What’s your favorite part of working at Cameron’s?
My favorite part is that I get to work with all the different departments, and I get to know everybody, whether they work in sales, marketing, planning, production, or distribution. In a small company, it really helps to be able to see our business from everyone’s perspective and all the different aspects to what we do. I also like being in a small company, it’s great being asked for my opinion by senior leadership, feeling like I have a voice and it’s heard and taken into consideration.
What does your ideal Saturday morning look like?
Well, I sleep in until 6 am! Since I usually get up at 4:15 or 4:30 during the week, 6 is nice. Then I like to go run errands and grocery shop, and get that done. I might take a nap if I’m not doing anything. But if it’s college football season I’m up watching that all day long, either at home, someone’s house, or a bar. That can go from 11 am to 2 am if you want to watch Hawaii play!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Probably every other weekend I hang out with my youngest nephew, Jax. He’s named after his grandpa on his dad’s side, and his middle name is Robert after his grandpa on his mom’s side (my dad). He’ll be 2 in September, and I’m his godfather. It’s fun to watch him grow up. Otherwise, I like to hang out with friends in St. Cloud, go to live shows, or hang out with Rachel, my girlfriend.
What’s your favorite place to grab food or a drink?
For food, I love JD Hoyt’s. They have unbelievable pork chops but the steaks are even better. My favorite place to grab a drink is my buddy’s place in St. Cloud, Duck’s Sports Bar. I also like Badger Hill Brewing Company, because my favorite beer is Traitor.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I graduated high school I wanted to go into the Marines, then be a U.S. Marshal, but I got sidetracked. My mom didn’t want me to go into the Marines, she wanted me to go to college. Start getting jobs like bartender and it throws you completely off schedule!
Any other fun facts about you?
I played semi-pro football in California for the Fontana 49ers when I lived out there. I coached basketball and football in California at Vista del Lago High School, and one of the coaches had played wide receiver at UCLA and he got me to come try out for the team. I made it and played 6 games for him, in 2006. I also got to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger while living out there. The school placed in physical fitness at a bronze star level, and you got to go meet the governor. At the time it was Arnold and he presented the award, so I met Arnold who I thought was a very small person. He was like 5’10” – and I’m 6’5”. I also met Norm from Cheers (George Wendt) while waiting to pick someone up at LAX, at the United Terminal. He was walking to get his bags, he had about eight of them. Since I was just sitting there I walked up asked if he needed help. He said no thanks, and that he had a driver coming. He was not tall either.