June 2017

C2’s Father’s Day Salute to Manly Men! Dads Who Get Dirty at Work

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Clayton Rollison
Chef/Owner
Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar

How many children do you have?
Gradyn Rollison, age 5; Wyatt Rollison, age 2

What is your favorite part about the job you do?
Without a doubt, the most rewarding thing is watching a green cook grow into a professional—getting to see the moment when cooking becomes easy for them, and they are able to cook clean, accurately, and quickly. Very few things in a kitchen are more satisfying.

Least favorite?
The human resource part of the job is the worst—when people bring their home life into work and refuse to look at their role in why things are hard for them. That stuff takes so much emotional energy from the managers and the rest of the staff. It is no bueno.

What skills are required for your line of work?
You must be disciplined, empathetic, humble, and willing to take risks, knowing you will fail more often than succeed.

What is the best advice you ever received from your dad?
Be on time, do the work. Having a job means nothing if you won’t do the work.

You have a free day to spend having fun all day/night with your children. Where do you go; what do you do
When I get time off, we hit the beach. My kids love the beach; we can’t keep them out of the water.

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Tripp Manuel
Carpenter/Part Time Woodworker
Manuel Works LCC

How many children do you have?
Alina, age 18

What is your favorite part about the job you do?
Hanging out with Benny (dog)

Least favorite?
It’s a tie between paperwork and sanding.

What skills are required for your line of work?
Good hand – eye coordination, a work ethic and a sense of humor.

What is the best advice you ever received from your dad?
You have to know when to listen and when to lecture.

You have a free day to spend having fun all day/night with your children. Where do you go; what do you do?
I would take my wife and daughter on a sandbar float in the May River, staying for a picnic and then floating back home with the incoming tide.  This would ensure a phone free day!

Hank Carroll
Custom Woodworking
Carroll Woodworking, Inc.

How many children do you have?
Ema, age 22; Jason, age 27

What is your favorite part about the job you do?
Creating wood projects.

Least favorite?
Getting glue on my favorite T-shirts.

What skills are required for your line of work?
Creativity + Focus + Desire.

What is the best advice you ever received from your dad?
Never play another man’s game.

You have a free day to spend having fun all day/night with your children. Where do you go; what do you do?
Love to be out on the boat looking for shark’s teeth or shrimp.

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Ryan Williamson
Entrepreneur/Farmer
FARM-Bluffton, LLC and Williamson Lowcountry Farms, LLC

How many children do you have?
Molly Mae Williamson, the oldest and boss; Ella Louise Williamson, the middle child who will take care of us when we get old; and Johnny Pryce Williamson, the young whipper snapper and my mini me.

What is your favorite part about the job you do?
Watching things grow not only at our farm, but our family, friends, local businesses and the Lowcountry. We’ve been in Bluffton for 10 years now, and it has become a wonderful place to raise a family.

Least favorite?
July…HOT is an understatement. I literally sweat through three to four shirts per day. It’s not a pretty sight.

What skills are required for your line of work?
Patience and understanding. Like every aspect of life, farming takes patience. Everything takes time to mature. Mother Nature can be your biggest ally or your worst nightmare, as shown in the past 12 months. You need to understand that either you or Mother Nature will cause you to fail at many things, so learn your lesson and move on.

What is the best advice you ever received from your dad?
Don’t ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do beside them. He passed away when I was “dumb” and 21. I didn’t start listening to much of his advice until I was not “dumb” and in my 30s. Although I hate to admit it, I sound a lot like my dad, which is good.

You have a free day to spend having fun all day/night with your children. Where do you go; what do you do?
A good Saturday: We start by heading to the Port Royal Farmers market in the morning to pick up some family goods for the week and anything Chef might need to get through the day. There’s a great boat park there where the kids love playing and I get to catch up with some of our purveyors and friends of FARM. After that, we head home and I cook up some brunch, followed by the “power nap.” This is the key to the afternoon success. We are fortunate enough to have a pool in our backyard, and the kids love splashing around. My wife Jo gets to relax and read after what is usually an exhausting work week. Dear old dad gets to watch some golf. There might be a Virgil Kaine High-Rye Bourbon or two involved in the latter. The Big Green Egg is typically holding some Keegan-Filion Farms pork or turkey for dinner and the following week’s lunches. We finish the night off with a movie, which rotates between Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Shrek or as of late, Kung Fu Panda.

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Jimmy Ellis
Master Auto Technician and Master Diesel Technician
H & H Auto Service

How many children do you have?
Jimmy Jr., age 24; Elizabeth, age 20; Erica, age 16; Kaylea, age 18

What is your favorite part about the job you do?
The challenge is the best part of my job.

Least favorite?
Being away from family.

What skills are required for your line of work?
A good education and attitude plus an understanding of computers, electronics, and the knowledge and ability to use lots of tools.

What is the best advice you ever received from your dad?
The best advice from my dad was get a good education.

You have a free day to spend having fun all day/night with your children. Where do you go; what do you do?
If I had a free day with my kids I would do and go where ever they wanted.   

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Vic O’Korn
Enhancement Supervisor
The Greenery, Inc.

How many children do you have?
A three-and-a half-year old Ryan O’Korn and another little man due in September.

What is your favorite part about the job you do?
Enhancing people’s lives through beautiful landscaping. My favorite part is creating something from nothing. I love to build and be creative, especially on the hardscape and carpentry side.

Least favorite?
Non-stop phone calls and e-mails.
Let me work!

What skills are required for your line of work?
There is a lot of skill needed to accomplish what we do. I need to know the ins and outs of irrigation installation, carpentry, designing and executing hardscapes, heavy equipment operation, site planning, and the list goes on. I use different skills every day.

What is the best advice you ever received from your dad?
I’ve always looked up to my dad. He has shown me how to be a good father, family man and friend. My dad is the man. Any advice he gives me is good advice in my book.

You have a free day to spend having fun all day/night with your children. Where do you go; what do you do?
I start the day having breakfast at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café, then take the boat out for fun and fishing with Ry guy and my smokin’ hot wife. Family time, playing sports in the yard, and grilling and chilling at home for dinner. We always end the night with family cuddles on the couch.

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