We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron Johnston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Integrity is the most important value that I believe in. If you can’t trust what someone says or does then it is impossible to build a relationship with that person. Even if the truth is not what the other person wants to hear, it is vital that you give it to them. Otherwise it will eventually come out, and a lot of times that makes a situation or relationship that much worse. It’s better to be up front and honest about where you are coming from and what is to be expected. That way others can make the best decisions for themselves based on what you tell them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My brother & I own and operate a 3rd Generation Family Owned Truck Rental & Leasing Business in LA/OC/San Bernardino County areas. Our continuous goal is to be the best service provider in the industry. In order to achieve this we provide the vision, resources, & training for our employees to improve themselves. As a result, our employees take care of our customers needs as they arise. This philosophy allows us to retain our employees and customers for a long time driving success. Running a business is not easy. I’ve worked long hours and taken very little vacation for many years in order to maintain our success. We’ve been through multiple recessions, stifling government regulations, union strikes in the entertainment industry, large increases in costs, shrinking profit margins…..You name it and we’ve seen it! We just adapt and innovate where we can to get through the tough times and come out stronger than before. We can not be complacent. Complacency kills success! We always strive to do better because in the end we will persevere.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow… the options are endless in Southern California! There are so many great things to do in Southern California it would really depend on what my friend would be into that week. I live in South Orange County close to the beach. So I would definitely take my friend to the beach, maybe Doheny or Salt Creek in Dana Point. We could hit up some restaurants afterwards in San Juan Capistrano. SJC has a vibrant feel to it. with tons of restaurants and bars all walking distance. My favorite Mexican Restaurant is El Adobe or Italian would be Ciao Pasta. We can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with a nice bottle of wine and pasta. Walk over to Hennesey’s for a Black & Tan afterwards and listen to some live music. OC has a lot of outdoor activities we can do. There are hiking, biking, & horse trails everywhere on the flats and in the hills. We can do some paddle boarding or kayaking in the harbor. Perhaps rent some wave runners and cruise up and down the Capo Beach coast. San Diego is a lot of fun too! We could take the train from SJC to Union Station and take an Uber to one of the hotels downtown in the Gas Lamp District. All the restaurants and bars are all walking distance (or we can hop on one bike and carriage rides if we choose). Take a day trip over to Hotel Del Coronado Hotel for some food and drinks. It’s a beautiful hotel with lots of people, shopping, and gorgeous beaches. We could also head up to the local San Bernardino Mountains to go skiing in the winter or lake boating and mountain biking in the summer for a day or two. If we really wanted to get adventurous, then we could head up the Eastern Sierras to go ski Mammoth Mountain in the winter or fish June Lake in the summer. I love the Eastern Sierras. It’s breathtaking views, clean air, and friendly people is very refreshing to experience. LA and the Coastal Cities are also fun and exciting places to visit. There are some great Comedy Clubs to visit, like the Improv or the Laugh Factory. The museums are interesting like the Getty, LACMA, or La Brea Tarpits. There’s countless restaurants of all types where you can enjoy delicious ethnic foods, vegan foods, and straight up American Classic Foods. At night, the streets are flooded with people going to restaurants, bars, and even shopping. It’s enjoyable to find a nice establishment with outdoor seating so you can eat, drink, and people watch.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to say that my parents and grandmother played a huge role in my development and success. From a very young age I was taught responsibility, hard work ethic, and honesty. They always loved and encouraged me to do better in everything I was involved with.