Working with Your Brother
Meet the Cameron Brothers of Northwest Indiana
Do you work with family or more specifically work with a sibiling like your brother? We’ve always felt like our Overhead Door distributors are like family, but did you know that many of them got their start because their parents, grandparents or another relative were also in the business? Case in point, meet the Cameron brothers, Jim and Tom. Jim is the president and CEO of Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana and Tom is the general manager. We caught up with Jim in between jobs to ask him a little bit about what it is like to work in a family business.
Q: How did you and your brother get involved with Overhead Door?
A: My grandpa and his family immigrated to the United States back in the 1940s and my grandpa learned how to build garages in a day. Our dad got into the garage building business with my grandpa for years and then decided to go into the garage door business in the 70s. My brother and I would go and work in the warehouse during the summers and learned the garage door business from the ground up. We have been working full-time in the garage door industry since 1985. In 2004 we had the opportunity to purchase the Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana distributorship. It was a great decision and things are really going well.
Q: What is your role as President/CEO? And what is Tom’s role as General Manager?
A: My role in the company is to run the financial side, develop the vision, the strategies, pricing, recruiting, and goal setting.
Tom's role is to coach and lead the team day-to-day. He is in charge of the operations side of the company and the sales side of the company.
Q: What do you like most about working with your brother? The least?
A: What I like most about working with my brother is his passion for our business, his honesty, integrity and strong leadership skills. He is liked and respected by all of our employees. I’d say we still have your typical sibling rivalries, but all in all, we get along really well and balance each other out.
Q: What would you like readers of the Overhead Door Chronicles to know about Overhead Door?
A: What I would like people to know about Overhead Door is that my brother and I have had the opportunity over the years to sell many different manufacturers but none as good as the Overhead Door brand products. We truly believe that partnering with Overhead Door, along with our employees are the reasons we are successful company.
Published: May 1, 2015