Cameron entered the Marine Corps at a young age, serving two tours overseas. During his stint, Cameron developed unbreakable bonds with many of the men who served with him. His military experience molded Cameron’s core values. His leadership, dedication, commitment, and loyalty have contributed to the personal relationships and professional success he continues to pursue.
After serving, Cameron began his career in the refrigeration trade as a service technician. Cameron completed a two-year course in air conditioning and refrigeration while simultaneously working in the field, gaining valuable experience in both theory and hands-on service and construction work. Cameron became quickly adept in multiple construction trades and took on every challenge and obstacle in his path. During this time, Cameron’s hunger for knowledge pushed him to master refrigeration theory and the electrical and plumbing trades.
Cameron worked for a start-up commercial refrigeration contractor and spent several years performing project management, installations, and service repairs for the restaurant and hospitality industry. It was at this time that Cameron met the Facility Director for the Yard House Restaurant Group. In Peter’s words, he finally found someone who gave as many fucks as he did about anything and everything he was doing. This bond led to Cameron being the official point person for the entire Southern California Yard House Restaurant Group. Cameron quickly built relationships with the whole YH operations team through his performance, communication, and customer service.
Cameron eventually outgrew his position and was presented with an opportunity to work for a large refrigeration manufacturer, Cooltec. This new project manager role comprised of many responsibilities and challenges, and Cameron wore many hats – project manager, service technician, quality control, engineer, designer, tech support, world traveler – all items within his scope for the position. The clients included large chain restaurants, hotels, universities, casinos, and stadiums. As a result of this broad client base, Cameron worked closely with foodservice designers, equipment dealers, and restaurant owners, who all had a different perspective and requirements inadequately executing a project.
Cameron’s involvement in every stage of a project allowed him to further his knowledge of all aspects of a diverse industry. Cameron was able to gain insight into what drove restaurant owners and their budgets, the ins and outs of equipment dealer distribution, and the struggles of foodservice designers while attempting to pull all of it together into a successful package. Cameron’s experience in real-world field scenarios played an enormous impact on the support he provided all parties involved in executing a project.
Cameron’s collaboration with engineering teams at the initial design phase through the commissioning of the equipment at the job site brought extreme value to anything he touched at Cooltec. His understanding of the day-to-day highs and lows of being a commercial refrigeration company owner and a field technician was performing service calls on a 24/7 cycle allowed Cameron to build a robust national refrigeration contractor network for installations and equipment start-up, and warranty service. Cameron’s knowledge and ability to build lasting relationships guaranteed successful project execution and customer satisfaction.
Cameron’s most significant accomplishment at Cooltec was the design and development of their Fluid-Pak. The refrigeration system was nominated for and won multiple awards for its design, energy savings, and industry-changing approach to refrigeration in foodservice applications. Cameron paved the way for an entirely new approach to restaurant refrigeration on a large scale. The Cheesecake Factory was the driver of this project, and Cameron delivered for them. This success leads to installations all over the country and internationally.
Cameron’s next challenge was taking his experience back to an established commercial refrigeration contractor as the Director of Operations. The contractor was facing the growing pains of rapid growth, untrained labor, and an aggressive sales/marketing plan. Cameron quickly established a solid foundation of protocols, procedures, and training programs that elevated the team’s technical skills. This lead to consistent execution of projects which allowed their sales team to deliver on client promises.
Cameron’s newest yet the boldest challenge is called Draft Beer Intelligence. Cameron and Peter’s combined experiences in the industry and the opportunities they have witnessed first-hand. Through their combined skill sets and industry knowledge, DBI can provide an all-in-one solution to the industry that combines “craft”-manship, technical expertise, and project management at a much higher level than is being delivered anywhere today. They have set out to form new partnerships, make new friends, bring old friends together, provide a one-stop solution to clients, and, more than anything, make a positive impact on the industry.