20 Under 40: Caleb Morris
Whether Selma resident Caleb Morris is working, bonding with his family or just enjoying some quality alone time, you can almost always find him outdoors.
And as someone who spent nearly every summer day as a child helping his father build and renovate houses in Selma, Morris would not have it any other way.
“What I do on the weekends to kind of level out is work in my yard. I fertilize my grass. I mow it,” Morris, 39, said. “That’s my thing. I love color, and I love working in my yard.”
The 1998 Auburn University public administration graduate has held several jobs over the years that have stationed him inside and outside of an office building, but his love for the outdoors recently landed him a job in the fields.
After 12 years at First Cahaba Bank, Morris made the decision to work for the Crop Production Services in March as a sales representative for the west Alabama territory.
His responsibilities include traveling to various counties in and around the state to advise producers on fertilizer, seed and crop protection products.
Morris said his job at the bank will always be his first love, but he could not deny an opportunity to spend his work day outside of an office, enjoying the nature and the beauty it has to offer.
“With this job, I’m married to that truck. I’m married to that road,” Morris said. “Every day, it’s a different office.”
For Morris, the most difficult part of transitioning to his relatively new job is adjusting his hectic schedule to allow for his involvement in the local organizations committed before his hiring.
Morris serves on the Old Depot Museum board of directors, Selma-Dallas County YMCA and the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society.
“All that’s been put on hold until I can figure this scheduling of my new job,” Morris said. “That’s the part I miss the most about not being around everyday is all the activities I was in.”
While fast-paced city life might appeal to some, the quiet, calm atmosphere in Selma and welcoming nature of its people keep him loyal to the area.
“Selma has its problems just like any other little old town, but we work through them,” Morris said. “We’re all here working through them everyday.”
— Sarah Robinson