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Hamilton Callison

Director of Finance and Operations
Breakthru Beverage Belleville, LLC

What do you love most about the Metro East?

I was born and raised in Belleville and my family has lived in the Metro east for 120 years. I love the sense of community that each neighborhood has and the fact that people support their schools, their parishes and other community organizations on a very local level. I also appreciate the strong connection the community has with Scott AFB.

What advice would you give someone moving to the area?

I would tell them to get to know their neighbors, get involved with their schools, parish and other community organizations like the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and the West End Belleville promotional group.

What are your favorite attractions in the metro east?

My family and I really enjoy local festivals like Oktoberfest and Art on the Square in Belleville and Italian Fest and the Horseradish Festival in Collinsville. Also, the area has many outstanding taverns and restaurants that are locally owned.

What do you think are the Metro East’s best assets?

I believe our higher education institutions like SIUE, McKendree and Lindenwood University are among the Metro East’s greatest assets. Scott Airforce Base also provides a solid economic foundation and a very robust talent pool for the community.

What do you like to do for fun in the Metro East?

I like to spend time with my family and enjoy dinner at Mungo’s and 1818 Chophouse. I also enjoy an occasional round of golf and going to the local parish fish fries during Lent.

Please list charities to which you lend your time.

I lend my time to the Belle-Scott Committee, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, the St. Clair and Madison County Tavern Association, Art on the Square, and the St. Clair County Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (a national Irish-Catholic men’s association) among others.

Why do you think it’s important for people to volunteer and what drives you to volunteer?

Because our community is as strong as the involvement of its citizens and the Metro East is a diverse community with a diverse business environment and industry base. By working together, we will make our community and our economy stronger.

Have you made any special friends or memories in your volunteer work?

Yes, Patti Gregory with Art on the Square, Jay Tebbe and John Reichert through my work with the Belle-Scott Committee and Pat Mathis through other community activities.