Carey Schmucker’s dad, Dorsey Roth, always worked hard to build a successful business, but he always showed up for his kids’ activities.
“I did not appreciate what my parents were juggling when I was younger but I appreciate it very much now,” Carey said. “My dad showed up for dance recitals, basketball games, etc. He even showed up for all my golf matches even when I got so nervous I wouldn’t let him follow me. He waited patiently for me to finish.”
What is your favorite memory of your dad from when you were younger?
One my favorite memories is playing basketball with him. I finally “beat” him and as a reward he took me to Red Lobster, which seemed like the fanciest restaurant I had ever been to. I thought it was so fun to get dressed up and go on a “date” with Dad, just the two of us.
How did your relationship with your dad change over your lifetime?
Our relationship has gone from father and daughter to father/daughter and now business partner. I appreciate that he listens to my suggestions and values my business suggestions and decisions. I would say he is one of my best friends. I love that I get to see him almost every day.
How did your dad influence your life?
Dad was always a hard worker rather it be in business or projects around the house. I think that probably explains why I never think work is done. He also taught me to be honest and respectful but also to be strong in life and business.
What qualities do you share with your dad?
My dad has a great sense of humor, and I think we share that. We can both laugh at ourselves. We also share a love of cars. He taught me how to change my oil, and clean the car correctly, including cleaning those white raised letters. I loved going to the Auburn auto auction with him to look at and talk about cars.
Does your dad have a favorite quote or mantra?
I cannot think of a quote but when I went back to school to get my elementary education degree and graduated he gifted me The Book of Virtues. While for children, it really is a great book of moral lessons for us all. It was for me to help teach our future. I know my dad will always do the moral thing. Growing up, somehow my biggest fear was disappointing my parents. They both instilled in us to be kind and fair, but to make sure to have some fun too. My dad is a good example of this.