Twice a month, we will utilize this blog to showcase some of the employees of Pocono Raceway. Today, we feature Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships Roger Green. A former baseball player at East Stroudsburg University, Green spends most of his free time with his family, at his farm or enjoying hunting season.
Q: Take us through your journey here at Pocono Raceway.
RG: Actually, I started on my birthday in 2003, working for Mountain Concessions as a summer intern. I worked mostly with novelties and some catering. I was hired full time and spent the first two or three years working primarily with novelties. I went from there to doing all the displays, corporate displays, souvenir trailers and doing catering for Mountain Concessions. That led me to my current role as Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships with Pocono Raceway three years ago. The bulk of my job responsibilities include signage, vehicles, Corporate Displays and Corporate sales.
Q: Can you take us through what a typical race week is like for you?
RG: My week is a little different from everyone else. The majority of my work starts around Tuesday through Friday, setting up all the corporate displays, getting all the souvenirs trailers set and working with Fanatics. It is a logistical puzzle I put together. Once all of the signage around the track is set, I basically walk around making sure everyone is happy and making sure they have what they purchased.
Q: Did you grow up as a race fan?
RG: I wouldn’t say a diehard race fan. My dad was a big Dale Earnhardt fan so I grew up watching the races every weekend with him. Now that I have been part of the” behind the scenes” I’ve become more of a race fan. I enjoy all motor sports, just NASCAR was not my thing until I started working here. Now I am a fan of the sport.
Q: You’re a life-long resident of the Poconos, what makes it so special?
RG: It’s nice that you work in your backyard where you grew up and put on a major event that only happens in so many cities throughout the United States. I think it’s a privilege to be a part of something that big. It also brings big revenue to the area on top of being only twenty minutes from home.
Q: Tell you us about your family.
RG: My lovely wife Sandra and I have been married for nine years and have two fantastic kids, Braydon and Alexandra, but we call her Lexi. The kids are very active in sports and I am very proud of what they accomplished in such a short time on the field. I live to watch Braydon play baseball.
Q: You don’t go home to a typical home. Talk a little bit about your set up.
RG: We were fortunate enough to acquire this awesome piece of property. It’s our getaway, our little piece of heaven. We have 10 chickens, a duck named Donald, two dogs and cows. We’ve recently gotten into the cattle business and started to raise some Black Angus. I can honestly never sit down and say I have nothing to do, it’s a lot of work but well worth it.