Seven Questions With Ron Poindexter

Feb. 14, 2011

LOGAN, Utah - Ron Poindexter played offensive guard and linebacker in the 1959 and 1960 football seasons at Utah State. He graduated with a degree in agriculture and economics in 1962.

In 1969 he started a walnut company where he plants, harvests, and processes the walnuts all in the same location. Poindexter Nut Company has grown into a family business and is now in its third generation as a family owned company. They ship to over 40 countries worldwide and are a respectable presence in the nut processing industry.

Ron, who resides in Selma, California with his wife, Sherian, has two grown children, and is a very proud grandfather. Ron and Sherian made a significant gift to the campaign for the Laub Complex helping to build facilities for Aggie Football.

1. When you think of your time at Utah State University, who is the first person you think of?

John Ralston. He was the new football coach, and he recruited me in 1959 from Bakersfield, California. I had a great relationship with him. I remember his pep talks before games, the council he gave us as players, and always stressed to us that we were students and not just athletes and that our education was very important.

2. How did your experience at Utah State help prepare you for successes in your career?

I had some really great economics teachers, like E.B. Murray. He became a big influence on my life and my business decisions. On game day, Murray would let the whole class out a little early to prep for the games. He was a big supporter of athletics; he would get very fired up for the games.

3. What was your most memorable experience at USU as a student athlete?

When we defeated Wyoming in Logan in 1960 for the Championship game. It was especially meaningful because the year before we lost to them 28-2 in Laramie. Both teams played a hard fought game and we won 17-14. That was a great team that year because many players from that team went to the pro's.

4. If I followed you around for a day at work, what would I see you do?

Mostly I keep busy farming. We have a family farm that keeps me pretty busy. It has been a lot of hard work to get our company to where it is now. I get up about 4:30 in the morning feed the horses and other small chores around the farm. I then meet some friends about 6:00 a.m. for coffee and breakfast. After breakfast around 7 a.m. I get to work. I work on the farm, have meetings with buyers, and other things to keep the farm going until about 7 or 8 p.m.

5. How did your experience at Utah State help prepare you for successes in your career?

My education at USU helped a lot in economics because I learned how to evaluate and attempt to make good decision in business. Athletics also helped to prepare me by teaching me that when I commit and focus myself good things can happen. Both (academics and athletics) helped me learn about commitment and sacrifice and the rewards of hard work.

6. What is the most fun you have had in the last five years?

A few years back my wife threw me a surprise birthday party. She looked through some old yearbooks to find some former teammates and invited them out to the party. She told me that I was meeting a broker from Canada about business because she knew that was the only way to get me off the farm. I hadn't seen most of those people in over 20 years. It was a very fun night. Since that night, I stay in touch with those guys much more.

7. What were your favorite places in or fondest memories of Logan?

The pub where Billy Munson had his wedding reception, I can't remember the name any more. The pizza place near campus where we would go and eat all the time, Zanavoo Lodge, and the dance hall up the canyon at Malibu. There was a jukebox up there and we would go up there to go dancing. We had a lot of fun up there on the weekends. I have a lot of fond memories of Malibu. I remember that the size of Logan kind of forced you to participate in college life and get involved. Logan is a great place.

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