“I love to be challenged.”
Charles Rounds is a wearer of many hats as a Multi Department Manager at Camp Richardson Resort & Marina. Starting with the company eight years ago as an entry level seasonal position, Charles worked his way up and now manages four departments. Outside of work, Charles devotes himself to bettering the community by volunteering for Bread & Broth, serving on the El Dorado County Head Start Policy Council, and being a member of the current Leadership Lake Tahoe class.
Congratulations to this week’s 40 under 40 honoree, Charles Rounds!
Can you tell us a little about your responsibilities and accomplishments in your current position?
I am the Parking Manager, Night Manager, Campgrounds Manager and Night Audit Supervisor at Camp Richardson Resort & Marina. I have a lot of responsibilities and wear many hats for the company, but I always remember to have fun and stay positive even during the stressful times. I have been working for CR for the last 8 years and have had an amazing experience so far. I started with an entry level seasonal position and worked my way up from there. My responsibilities include, being a therapist, a daily planner, a punching bag, a calculator, a teacher, a mentor, a student, a friend to talk to, a high school principal, along with everything else you can think of.
What has been your favorite professional moment in the last year?
I love to be challenged. My greatest professional moment in 2019 was when I got word that I would be the manager of Camp Grounds as well as managing other departments. This was a huge accomplish for me, as I worked in the campgrounds as an entry level attendant 6 years prior.
Do you have a professional/life mantra that you live by?
Yes, “Leave it better than you found it.” I apply this to every aspect of life. Home life, work life, the community.
Who is your role model?
My wife and kids. They teach me how to better myself every day. I am constantly learning more and more about myself just by daily interactions with them. I learn to be more caring, to be resilient, how to communicate more effectively, and to never give up.
Why choose Tahoe to make your home and career?
It was sort of a spontaneous decision. 12 years ago, I came here to visit relatives and honestly, it was love at first sight. From the moment I first descended echo summit, I knew I wanted to call this place my home. The community is wonderful, the lake is breath taking and the forest is just as amazing. Coming from the bay area, fresh air was new to me and the slightly slower pace was welcoming. I will forever call Lake Tahoe my home!
Are you active in any volunteer roles or community groups?
Bread and Broth Program, Leadership Lake Tahoe, and El Dorado County Head Start policy council.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Not think about work. I like to spend all of my free time with my wife and kids. I also play paintball on the weekends because it’s a nice outlet for me to relieve stress.
Where are your favorite South Shore stomping grounds?
I love to spend summer days at either Pope or Baldwin Beach. I don’t really have a stomping ground because I stomp all over south shore, it just really depends on what I feel like doing that day.