Whether you order your coffee from our online store, Gourmet-Coffee.com, or you pick it up at the store, Paul is a part of your life. Get to know Paul a little bit with this interview.
What is your position at Rogers Family Company?
We are not much for titles here; however, Distribution Manager is on my business cards. Basically, I am in charge of all the shipping, receiving, and general warehouse operations and the great crew that perform those tasks.
How long have you been working for Rogers?
What is your favorite hobby?
I have a few. I really enjoy coaching and have been lucky to coach both my sons in their respective sports as they have grown up. Another hobby of mine is archery hunting. Lastly, I enjoy playing dice or specifically the game “liars dice” with my friends.
Why do you enjoy it so much?
I enjoy coaching because it allows me to spend as much time as I can with my children. It allows me to be able to pass on some of the lessons I have learned over the years and it keeps my competitive side going as well. Another positive from coaching is that I have met some great people. Some of which have become what one might consider, best friends.
I enjoy bow hunting because it gets me out in the great outdoors and it is such a challenge. It is one thing to shoot a rifle and get an animal from hundreds of yards away, but to do it with a bow takes patience and skill. It is also a sport I do with my Dad and brothers and a few close friends so it is that more appealing to me.
As for dice, well, it is just a fun reason to get together with family and friends. There is something quite fun in winning a game with your friends. It gives you bragging rights over them for the short term and with my group of friends you need it or you will never hear the end of it.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
Tough question. I don’t know that there is any one thing that stands out as interesting. Something people often find interesting is that my and my wife Becky’s first born son, Craig, was 12 lbs at birth!! He was huge. The doctors were so concerned that our second son, Nathan, would be very big as well so they took him 2 weeks early and he was still almost 10 lbs.
If you have a hero, who is it?
This is a loaded question. I don’t know that I have a specific hero as there are many heroes out there such as police, firemen, doctors, and our military personnel. If I had to say who I admire then that would be my parents and my wife’s parents.
Why is this person your hero?
Again, more admiration. My wife’s parents because they stuck together through thick and thin and were married for over 50 years up to the passing of my mother in law this past October. That showed a lot of perseverance and what it takes to make a marriage work.
My own mother, Linda, as she has overcome so much in her life. When she was a young child she contracted Polio. Told she wouldn't make it and she is still here today. She was told she would never walk; she is able to walk on her own. She was told children were out of the question; she had 4 of them with 2 being a set of twins. Growing up we never even knew there was an issue. All of the above that she accomplished and after the unfortunate divorce of my parents, she took and raised all 4 of us kids.
My dad, Carl, for his service to his country and the State of California. He did 2 tours in Vietnam. When he returned and had to decide on a career he chose to serve in the California Highway Patrol for 31 years until his retirement. He is still one of most active people I know and I really hope that I am able to do the things that he does when I reach his age.
Scenario: You win the lottery. $300,000,000. What do you do?
Well, the first thing would be to hire a financial adviser. Obviously take care of my family and those close to me so that everyone would be debt free with a new start. Set aside college tuition for my children and all my nephews and nieces. Try and negotiate/invest my way in to the company we work for as I truly believe in everything they stand for and all the good they do for those throughout the world. I would also like to purchase a piece of land here in Lincoln and build a state of the art youth baseball facility for the kids of Lincoln to play in. Also would like to travel the world with my beautiful wife, Becky.