Occupation: First Tennessee Bank – Commercial Relationship Manager
Married to Christina Johnson. They have three children: Hunter, 16; Savannah 14 and Spencer, 11.
What was your first paying job?
“I spent many hours in the hay fields working for Earl and Roy Goddard. I would define hard work as putting up hay for $2 an hour.”
If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you take?
“My wife. We love the Caribbean.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Buy a plane and start flying again. Twenty years ago, I got a private license, soloed a few times in a small Cessna, and then realized how expensive a hobby it was.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“In the movie “A Few Good Men,” Jack Nicholson says, ‘You can’t handle the truth.’ ”
What are you guilty of?
“My wife says I keep too many things going at once and never finish one project before moving on to the next.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Skydive. I would go today if someone wanted to go along.”
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“I doubt it, but in the big scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter.”
What are you reading currently?
“I’m not one to sit and read a novel, and I read so much at work that is job related. The Bible is the only book I read regularly.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“I think you would have to consider Billy Graham. He has influenced so many people during his ministry.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Falling out of the chair lift at the TVA and I Fair at Chilhowee Park. It’s a long drop to the water, and it’s only waist deep. There was quite a crowd on the banks in front of the Jacobs building and most of them were policemen. I was 17.”
Why did you pursue the career you chose?
“I’ve always had two careers since getting out of college. I did engineering because my older brother worked for TVA and, directionally, it made sense. For the last 20 years I also have been involved in property management. A few years ago I decided to do what I enjoy. I work with First Tennessee Bank as a Commercial Relationship Manager. I’ve always enjoyed the real estate market in Blount County and banking is a natural fit.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“Shortstop for the LA Dodgers. Bill Russell took that job from me.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Patience, my mother always told me to take time and smell the roses along the way, to which I would always reply, ‘I don’t have time to stop right now.’ I definitely need more patience.”
What is your passion?
“Family, 90 percent of my activity outside of work centers around my wife and kids. My wife and I truly understand we only have our kids at home for a short period, so seize the day and make the most of our parenthood. I can golf later on in life.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Probably my mom’s father.. He died when I was very young, so I never had a chance to sit down and talk with him. He was a supervisor at Alcoa, helped build Calderwood Dam, and lived in a Civilian Conservation Camp (CCC) as a teenager.”
What do you hate?
“It really bothers me when someone takes advantage of anyone less fortunate. I’m always for the underdog.”
What is your dream vacation?
“My wife and I want to travel to New Zealand some day.”
Rebels, Tornadoes, Mountaineers or Governors?
“That’s probably the toughest question to answer. I played ball at William Blount. I now support the Rebels where my two sons play ball and my daughter cheers. The easiest answer would be to say, Not the Tornadoes or Mountaineers.”
Would you travel in space?
“In a New York minute.”
What is your favorite sport and favorite sport's team?
“Baseball. I’ve always been a big fan of the Dodgers, but you have to like the Braves, living in the South.”
What is the best present you ever received?
“Santa brought my brother and me a used Go-Cart when I was around 9 years old. I sure would have liked to see him put it under the tree in the dark.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Mom once wrote in the front of a Bible she gave me, ‘What talents you have are God’s gift to you. What you do with those talents is your gift to God.’ That was in 1981, and I never forgot it.”
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“Frequently, for many reasons, and never deserved.”