Happy Thanksgiving from Roebuck Buildings!

We asked our team to tell us their favorite Thanksgiving traditions, foods, what they're most thankful for this year, and most importantly, where they stand on the ultimate rivalry: roasted or fried. There was also a healthy debate on dressing vs. stuffing, but we'll set aside our differences for a happy holiday feast!

Name: Wes Holland, Superintendent

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Visiting family local to the area.
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Raking leaves. 
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Fried turkey and sweet potato pie.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Fried.
What are you most thankful for this year? Lots of new members to the family.

Name: Phaly Kong, Receptionist

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? I'll be spending Thanksgiving at home cooking for my family.
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? We put up our Christmas tree after eating. (I already have presents to go under the tree this year!) 
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? My favorite Thanksgiving food is my mother-in-law's egg rolls. (Editor's note: we won't tell you how many Phaly said she can eat at once!)
Turkey: roasted or fried?? I'm cooking a turkey breast in the Instant Pot - it's healthy and quick!
What are you most thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my family's support as I got my citizenship, my AAS in Management, and voted for the first time.

Name: Sam Dixon, Senior Project Manager

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Dinner with my immediate family (my wife and two sons) at home.
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? We'll play some golf in the afternoon to walk off the meal.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Macaroni & cheese and pecan pie.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? This year we're having Honey Baked turkey, but normally we use the slow cooker. 
What are you most thankful for this year? I'm thankful my oldest son is doing well at Clemson and that my family is all healthy.

Name: Ronnie Brian, Superintendent

I am thankful that God thought enough of me to give me a loving family, a good job that supplies what my family needs, and friends like all of you at Roebuck. Let's all remember to let our friends and loved ones know how much they mean to us and how thankful we are to have them in our lives each and every day.

May this Thanksgiving bring smiles to your face, joy to your heart, and good memories that last forever.

Name: Jason Fisher, Vice President of Construction

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? We will be celebrating at my mother's with my two brothers and their families. I guess you would say I will be enjoying the toils of someone else!
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving we go to Western N.C to cut a Christmas Tree. This is a yearly tradition we started when my daughters Kaylee & Cara were 3 and 2 years old. We took the girls to a Christmas tree farm and we had a blast, so for the last 17 years we go as a family (both daughters and our son) to the mountains and pick our Christmas tree together. Then we come home and decorate together as a family. Even through my children are young adults and teenagers they still insist we continue the tradition.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Sweet Potatoes & Pecan Pie.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Roasted.
What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for my wife and children.

Name: Cindy Dee, Contract Administrator

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Going to San Antonio to visit my in-laws. I will also be taking my son to visit the University of Texas at San Antonio.
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Gearing up for Cyber Monday!
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Sweet potatoe casserole​​​​​​.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Well, I’ve never had the opportunity to try fried but I’d like to. Otherwise, my mother’s roasted turkey was better than anybody else’s in the world!
What are you most thankful for this year? That my sisters and I have found a place that is beautiful and comfortable for my elderly parents that also provides all the services they need, now and in the future.  It is quite a relief to know they are in a safe, healthy environment.

Name: Allen Poole, COO

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Going on a Secret Mission. (Editor's note: We'll not ask any further details about this secret mission!)
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Treat it like a Saturday and spend time working on the farm, which I love doing!
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? This is a combo of turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce.  Any one of these will not do​​​​​​.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Roasted.
What are you most thankful for this year? Health. 

Name: David Harrelson, Sales

We will meet my family at my mom’s on Wednesday evening for pre-Thanksgiving pizza and wings with my brother and his family. Then my family will join the in-laws at Lake Junaluska for the weekend to include “Mountain Madness” (Black Friday Shopping Spree), grilled turkey, Clemson-Carolina game and adventure into the Parkway.  There will also be a post-Thanksgiving visit to the Buttered Biscuit for brunch after sleeping late. My favorite Thanksgiving food is the same as year round: Mac & Cheese! Of course, I am most thankful for family, health, and friends.

Name: Norman Norton, Project Manager

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Hosting family and friends.
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Watching football.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Turkey and dressing.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Roasted.
What are you most thankful for this year? My Dad’s recovery from heart surgery.

Name: Jeff Jennings, Project Manager

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Usually we pack everyone up and head home to Tennessee, but with the older kids working (finally), we will go to my wife’s Grandmother’s in TR. (Editor's note: we'll add older kids working to the list of things to be thankful for!)
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Our whole family heads to Asheville and Caesar’s Head for the day, just to get away.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? My Nanny’s homemade dressing!!  And chocolate pie.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Fried!
What are you most thankful for this year? Having found my wife and remarrying last August. I'm also thankful for my job at Roebuck and being able to provide for my large family of 7!!

Name: Ken Anderson, Preconstruction

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Visiting both sets of family and contributing to cooking and cleaning. 
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Our family is still young, so we don't have set traditions yet, but we'll probably go get our Christmas tree. 
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Sweet potato soufflé.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Roasted. For sure.
What are you most thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my family, both immediate and extended, and for good health. 

Name: Cindy Walia, Controller

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? Hosting Thanksgiving for my family and Mom.
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? Go get a live Christmas tree and begin the decorating, online shopping.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Sweet potato pie.
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Fried is the best, but I am making turkey tenderloin in the Insta Pot this year. 
What are you most thankful for this year? God’s continued blessings over my life!

Name: Jaime Nash, Director of Marketing 

How will you spend your Thanksgiving? We're taking our kids to Charlotte to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade. 
What’s your post-Thanksgiving tradition? It always involves some exercise or a run, decorating for Christmas, and enjoying down-time with our kids. We try to always watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" with the kids.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? I have to pick just one??
Turkey: roasted or fried?? Fried. Only fried. 
What are you most thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my family, our health, and a career that I enjoy. 

Thank you to our team members who shared their Thanksgiving favorites and traditions. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday filled with love, food, and great memories!

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