Rick Campbell is a true American business success story. In 1990 he founded Portacool, Inc and introduced the first generation of portable evaporative coolers. Working tirelessly to grow the company by getting such organizations as the Dallas Cowboys, the U.S. Olympic Corporation and scores of others worldwide to adopt the Portacool cooler Rick grew the company into an Inc. 500 recognized company.
Rick is a 7th generation East Texan who has resided in his hometown of Center, TX his entire life. It is there he has not only build businesses from agriculture to manufacturing but he has proven to be a true community servant. In addition to serving as Shelby County Judge, he has also served in many other volunteer roles.
He is chairman of the Shelby Savings Bank Board of Directors, a former member of the Center ISD Board of Trustees, a past chairman and national trustee of Ducks Unlimited, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and chairman of the Bone Hill Foundation. He also served as vice chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has worked as a volunteer firefighter for 27 years.
This was one of my favorite podcasts with one of the most colorful guests I’ve ever had on the show. When I asked Rick to be on the show he said, “I’d love to tell my American Dream story because that’s exactly what the story of Portacool is.”
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. Thanks for listening.