Greensboro man appears in Stouffer’s commercial
On March 4, a Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese commercial aired and the star of it was a Greensboro father, Guilford Technical Community College graduate and pastor.
Fred Pegues is a father of five, general manager of a tax preparation firm and a pastor at The Magnificent Reid Memorial CME Church. Pegues was born in High Point, but when he married his wife Tina, they moved to Greensboro. They have been living in the area for almost 30 years now. Pegues works at TWC Financials, which he said drove him back to school in the first place.
“I was a part-time tax preparer here, and I worked at my corporate job. I got laid off from my corporate job, and I began working at TWC full time,” he said. “So, the accounting degree was to enhance my abilities to operate at the firm.”
Pegues said he chose GTCC because he liked the flexibility of working and attending school. “Night classes when it was tax season, and day classes when it wasn’t tax season,” he said about his schedule. “It made me able to work and go to school at the same time.”
Pegues said after an article from the Greensboro News & Record was written about his and his daughter’s (twins Faith and Hope) college graduations happening within the same week, a talent scout from New York City reached out to him. Pegues said the talent scout then directed him to Stouffer’s and the company took it from there.
In the 15-second advertisement, Pegues is seen holding up his degree from GTCC. Also included in the commercial were Faith and Hope. They sat at the dinner table with their dad while he did homework in his accounting textbook, and ate Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese. The title of the commercial is “What are you hungry for?” A voiceover by Pegues explains that he earned his degree at the dinner table and it was where he realized “it is never too late to make a change.”
To Pegues, this may just be his (literal) 15-seconds-of-fame. But to Triad residents, it is a representation of perseverance; and not to be cheesy (pun intended) the commercial shows that through dedication and hard work, anything is possible.
“The Stouffer’s people have been marvelous through this whole thing,” Pegues said. “They treated me as if I was a star, even though I am just plain, ol’ Fred. They treated me as though I was a regular actor. It has been a phenomenal ride.”
Pegues said that this experience would have never happened without the support of his family. To view the commercial, visit Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxIy5zI8iMI or visit YES! Weekly’s online version of this story.