Last June, Keith Rogers joined the Greyston Bakery family! Keith, age 34, works as our palletizer. He’s the man in charge of observing packages as they move along the conveyor and keeping records on all of our inventory. Not only does Keith excel in his department, he is also the father to three beautiful children. After Keith Jr, age 9, Alexis, age 8, and Alana, age 1, came to visit their father at work, we couldn’t wait to sit down with him for a Q&A!
What have you enjoyed most about working at Greyston?
The environment is truly great. Not only is it close to home, but I’ve also gotten to know everyone at the bakery very well. They’ve become such great company in the short time I’ve worked here.
What skills do you think are the most important to have for your position at Greyston?
Patience and teamwork are the two traits that come to mind. We all have positions that require us to rely on each other in order for the process to run according to schedule. You need to be able to develop a huge amount of trust for each other and we’ve done that well.
What do you recognize as one of the challenges for a father bringing up three little children?
Definitely balancing work and family. Fortunately, I get weekends off so all my time is dedicated to them. Still, they’re always asking for daddy to stay longer!
What is your favorite place to take your children?
They LOVE that place with the knights fighting in the big arena called Medieval Times. I’ve taken them twice and they still can’t get enough of it. They could stay in the gift shops for hours and of course I buy them whatever I can but the show is the most exciting part to them.
What is the best thing that you have ever cooked for your children?
They love baking with me but I have to say lasagna. Alexis and Keith Jr. help with the prep and the clean up. Keith Jr does the dishes while Alexis keeps the counters clean.
What is one thing you want to do with your children this summer?
Before the summer ends, I hope to take them to a water amusement park. They’ve never been to one and it makes me happy to think I could experience that with them.
What is one of the proudest moments you’ve experienced as a father?
That’s easy, having my baby girl. Having a new addition to your family is always a proud moment as a father. I already had a boy and a girl, so we decided we didn’t want to know the gender of Alana. Having another girl was a complete surprise to us.
Which family member/person has been your greatest coach in life? How?
My mother has been my biggest support system throughout my life. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama where I was born. I actually moved to New York when I was 7 because most of my mothers family was here. I was the middle child of 9 children, but I always felt like I was my mother’s favorite. She moved back to Alabama but we still make time to facetime at least twice a week. She always wants to see me and watch how big the kids are getting. Every year my family has a huge reunion and this year its in South Carolina. And yes, I do plan to drive the full 10 hours with my three kids in the back so wish me luck!
What did you have as a child that kids today don’t have?
I had both parents in life and it’s sad most kids can’t say that these days. Other than that, we had no technology and no social media so I got very into sports, specifically basketball. It was way too hot to play during the day in Alabama, so most of my playing time took place at night.
If you could go back to one day in your childhood, which day would that be?
5 years old. I remember that’s when I had my first girlfriend and we would always play house (he started laughing at the memory). Now that I’m a father, I get to play house every day except not in the pretend way!
Greyston wants to wish Keith and all the father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day! Don’t forget to recieve 15% off your order using the code dadlovesbrownies. Offer ends Sunday, June 19!