PRIDE Spotlight – Shareholder: Tom Rose

  • Tom Rose (Rose’s Equipment & Supply Inc.)
  • Location(s): Portland, Oregon
  • Do you have a niche or unique market? We cover a broad spectrum from cash and carry to contract jobs and ice and dish machine.
  • How did you get involved in the Foodservice Industry? Started in the industry in 1975 at Dick’s Restaurant Supply. I did everything from pick up and delivery repair, some sales and anything else that Dick asked me to do.
  • Describe the best foodservice job that you have done? McMenamin’s Edgefield. They took the deserted county poor farm and converted into a Hotel, Spa, Event center.
  • Describe the best job you have done recently? Headwaters remodel of historic hotel.
  • What’s the greatest advice you have been given about this industry? Take care of the customer as you would like to be taken care of.
  • If you weren’t in foodservice, what other industries do you have an interest in? Auto sales… love to work around new and used cars.
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? Starting the business from scratch and making a good living for 37years.
  • What’s your favorite activity to do locally? Golf. I enjoy the challenge, the getting outdoors, and the comradely with friends.
  • What is your favorite activity outside of the office? Spending time at the beach, fishing, hiking, sight seeing.
  • Where is your favorite place to travel? Las Vegas. I enjoy the shows, the gaming, all the excitement.
  • Name one item on your bucket list. Travel Europe.

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