Gregg Campbell: Career Transparency
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SANTA ROSA — After being hired by a glass company to do systems and accounting, the last thing Gregg Campbell expected was to one day own the business. “I was hired by the previous owners of B & L Glass Company to set up their computer systems and accounting software, which led to a full-time position handling their accounting,” he remembers. “When things slowed down in the early ’90s, they had to lay me off, but they continued to use me as a consultant. In 1999, I received a call from my friend, Phil, an employee at the company, who asked if I’d be interested in teaming up with him to purchase the business from the owners. At first I was hesitant. After all, my expertise was in systems and accounting—I didn’t know much about the actual glass industry. Phil reassured me that he’d take care of the company’s operations; he just needed someone with a head for numbers to handle the accounting. After giving it some thought and prayer, I decided to take him up on his proposition. We ended up buying the company and we’ve been running it ever since.”
Today, Gregg says he enjoys various aspects of his job. “I enjoy doing sales because I like talking to people and helping them, but I also enjoy planning, organizing and developing systems. It’s fun to put a plan together, set it in motion and watch it come together.”
A resident of Santa Rosa (where he lives with his wife, Valerie), Gregg spends his time outside of work on a variety of interests and pastimes. “Music is my main passion,” he details. “I’m a keyboardist, and from the ages of 16 to 29, I was a professional musician playing clubs and hotels throughout the Midwest. Today, I still enjoy writing music, jamming with my friends and playing in my church worship band.” Gregg also likes following professional baseball. “I’m a season ticket holder for the Oakland A’s and go to a dozen or so games each year. I’m actually heading to Arizona in March to attend their spring training.” In addition to his avocational interests, Gregg likes keeping up with his two grown children and spending quality time with his granddaughter.
In regard to his professional career, Gregg acknowledges a spiritual inspiration. “Phil and I are Christians, and our spirituality really guides the way we run our business,” he explains. “For example, we try to be generous with our profits, both by sharing it with our employees and dedicating a percentage to charity. And when it comes to customers, we strive to treat each one according to the Golden Rule.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Gregg says he’d call a travel agent. “Valerie and I like to travel, but we don’t get to do it as often as we’d like, so if I were to retire, I’d definitely plan a trip. I also have a few projects at my house that I’d like to finish, so between travel and home improvement, I’d stay pretty busy.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: New Zealand.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: Valerie and I both enjoy science fiction, so probably “Star Trek.”
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect wine and Oakland A’s bobbleheads.
Q: If you could immediately master a musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: Bass guitar. I’ve always said, “If I wasn’t a keyboard player, I’d be a bass player.”
Q: What’s your favorite band?
A: The Eagles.