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Cameron Rose, 29
Construction Manager at Brentwood Management
ï¡¿Chances are no one has had a better view—or a more active hand, with calluses to show for it—during downtown Springfield’s 21st century Renaissance than Cameron Rose. He started volunteering at ArtsFest and Cider Days at the age of 14. Before he was out of high school, he was working with developer Craig Waggoner as part of a three-man crew that restored the Park Central Lofts and Center City Market (now Hearts of Fire). After a stint at the University of Washington, Rose returned to Springfield and took a role in Brentwood Management, Waggoner’s downtown development company.
Since then Rose has taken part—as a construction leader and as an investor—in high-profile downtown projects including the Yellow Bonnet building, the Seville Lofts and various projects on Commercial Street. His most recent focus has been the College Station Lofts and storefront at McDaniel Street and Campbell Avenue, a space with 18 loft apartments and retail, including the new Moxie Cinema location.
But Rose hasn’t stopped volunteering. He’s the Urban Districts Alliance’s resident handyman. He does countless odd jobs and volunteers at events on a near-weekly basis. He has also worked with the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition to build raised garden beds and sheds to help students and schools cultivate their own produce.
Rose says he sees his day job as an opportunity to further grow the downtown he loves so much. The more people who want to live downtown, the more jobs, retail and entertainment options will hopefully follow.
Occupation: Construction Manager at Brentwood Management
Glendale High School
University of Washington
1. How did you end up at your current job/profession?
I had worked for my current employer during the summer when I was in high school cleaning pools and doing yard work, things like that. The summer between my junior and senior year Craig, the owner of Brentwood Management was looking at a couple of buildings downtown, and I told him I would be interested in being a partner. He, another partner and I worked on those first two buildings on weekends and in the evenings after they would get done with work and I would get out of school.
2. Where do you find passion to do what you do?
I love living and working downtown. Its been great watching it change and being a part of that.
3. Tell us about your family.
I’m single and have no kids.
4. What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
I ski when ever I get the change. Closer to home I enjoy spending time at the lake and biking, and I probably spend way too much time reading.
5. Are you involved in any charitable organizations? (If so, what are they, and what is your role? Why is it important to you?)
I'm a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and am involved with some of their events like ArtsFest on Walnut Street. The last several years I have worked with the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition on their project with Springfield Public School which builds gardens and greenhouse at local schools. I also volunteer with a few community events that take place downtown.
6. Are you a member of any professional organizations? (If so, what are they, and what is your role?)
I'm a member of the Downtown Springfield Association as well a as few historical preservation and construction related organizations.
7. How would you define the secret to success?
Doing something you don't mind getting up for every morning and sometimes even look forward to.
8. What's your favorite thing about your career?
I think one of the best things about my career is not being stuck at a desk all day, everyday. Thanks to my iPhone, I can go days without even sitting down at my desk.
9. What's your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
I like that we have four seasons, and you never really know what the weather will be from one day to the next. Makes life much more interesting when so much of what I do is weather depended.
10. If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
11. What was your “dream job” at age 5
I think it was a builder. Or many be a firefighter. Or a pilot. I think it changed every day.
12. List three traits that define a successful career:
Hard work, a willingness to learn new skills and a positive attitude.
13. Why are you a 20 under 30?
I would say because someone nominated me. I'm working on figuring out who that might of been.
14. What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
We are finishing up a building at Campbell and McDaniel, The Lofts at College Station which has the new location for Moxie Cinema which just opened as well as 18 lofts and office space. After that we are going a few blocks east and starting a building just off the Missouri State campus.
Fill in the following blanks with five words or less:
My family and friends make life worth living.
A day at work wouldn't be complete without iced coffee.
Ten years from now, I hope I'm still having a good time.
If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would spend a month in a ski town.
The best part about being a 20 under 30 is still being under 30.