We’re proud of the incredible people that work at our businesses and stores. Genevieve, our staff trainer, sits down with staff members monthly and gets to know them on a more personal level.
Rodney Alan has been working at the Wedge Table since day one, when it opened almost three and a half years ago. As someone who grew up on a standard, conventional farm that housed and processed pigs, cows, chickens, corn and soybeans, Rodney says it was “never my thing.” In fact, he remembers walking into the Wedge Table his first day, immediately noticing the abundant healthy and sustainable options, and thinking “I am with my people.”
Rodney is the juicing master at the Table. His favorite juice is the Race Car Driver, which is a vegetable blend of carrots, celery, beets, spinach with parsley, spirulina and wheatgrass. For smoothies, he recommends the Chartreuse, a combination of pineapple juice, mango, peach, mint and wheatgrass. He loves his job and gets “energized about coming to work”. He says, “I love my interactions with the customers” and it shows, as customers come in every morning looking forward to seeing him.
Prior to his start at the Table, Rodney explored many other professions. After receiving his degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, he worked for the Peace Corps and was based out of Jamaica for three years, where he was part of Farmer’s Co-op, an organization designed to support small hillside farmers with getting their products to beach-side markets. He then worked on a hurricane relief project in Jamaica for a year. After that, he was part of the Peace Corps in D.C., owned his own picture-framing business in Northeast Minneapolis, and helped start Art-a-Whirl, the local spring art event.
Rodney met his partner, Conrad, in Minneapolis and they decided to pursue a career that would allow a lot of time together. So, for 13 years, they traveled the world as flight attendants. Rodney and Conrad have been together for 21 years and have now expanded their partnership to include Joe, someone who brings “so much joy to life.” Together, they love to bike around the city (Rodney bikes to work every day), attend local art events (Rodney is passionate about always supporting his friends), and travel as much as possible. They go to Puerto Vallarta every year, recently went to D.C. and are now planning a trip to Nashville. In the summer, they go to their cabin on Eagle’s Nest Island as much as they can to kayak, canoe and recharge in the outdoors off of the grid.