TENDER: TONY SHELTON
2019 will mark the 10th time Fred Campbell lines up in Las Vegas as a World Championship competitor. A two-time winner, and immediate favorite to land on the leader board, Campbell shows no signs of slowing down. With the help his long time tender, Tony Shelton, Campbell laid 770 brick in his regional qualifier.
Campbell’s motivation is simple, to be the first-ever three-time World Champion. His goal is to lay 800 perfect brick and drive home with a new Ford F250 4×4 truck. Having laid the most brick of any qualifier this year, Campbell isn’t allowing himself to become complacent, he plans to practice more than ever, while focusing on getting in better shape before heading to Vegas.
You won’t find many people with more drive and dedication than Fred Campbell. “The thing that makes me tick is that I grew up really poor. My dad was a mason and had 8 kids. We had enough money for food and clothes, and that was about it,” he said. Now Campbell is using that motivation to drive his business, Creative Masonry, and leading more than 70 employees to successful careers in masonry.
When Campbell was first learning to his craft, his father would pay him a dollar for every brick he laid. It didn’t take him long to learn that the harder he worked, the more money he would make. That philosophy has carried him a long way, and is a big reason why you can still find him on the wall, laying as many as 10,000 brick a week.
At 47-years-old, slowing down isn’t an option for Campbell, who is married with six kids. On Saturdays, he likes to take up smaller, more odd jobs to keep himself busy. He’s hoping to pass along his passion and skill to his eight-year-old son, whom he would love to see competing in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 someday.