A: We lived on the same street growing up — Hillcrest, where my parents still live. And her brother and I were in the same class at Casady. She's older than I am, but I always knew of SodyMcCampbell. We started dating after socializing at the parties and wedding of her brother, who married my second cousin.
Q: Where'd you go to college?
A: Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., where I adhered to the school motto, “work hard, play hard.” I studied economics, joined a local fraternity — Kappa Kappa Kappa — and sang in the glee club.
These two drawings (hanging in his office) are of the school. They were advertised in the alumni magazine and were done by Oklahoma City artist Greg Burns, so I decided I needed them. Following graduation, I went directly to business school at Northwestern. I convinced them I had some business experience, growing up in the family business. Summers during high school, I worked on the production line — typically on the end of the line, picking up cases and stacking them on pallets. I also made mayonnaise and salad dressing.
Q: What are your biggest sellers?
A: Peanut butter and jelly. Everyone knows they go together. Peanut butter represents 40 percent of our sales, or $30 million annually. We roast 26 million pounds of peanuts a year; some 87,000 pounds a day. Preserves are No. 2, with grape jelly first, followed by strawberry preserves.
Q: What would you do, if you weren't doing this?
A: I'm a frustrated amateur architect. I bought my home in Nichols Hills in '88 when the real estate market was soft, tore it down and rebuilt it. It was one of the most fun things I ever did … visualizing it, planning it and seeing it come together.
By the time Sody and I married, it was time to pick carpet and paint, so she was a big part of the decorating. I planned the outside and floor plans, which are pretty traditional.
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