Chat Room: Kevin Painter

Kevin Painter

Kevin Painter

Age: 33

Managing Partner, LeConte Wealth Management, LLC

Wife: Amanda. “We have one dog, a boxer named Abby.

Kevin Painter is a man who knows whom he wants to emulate and why.

“My father was very involved with our community. He served in various leadership roles in our church, United Way, Kiwanis Club and was a founding member of Leadership Blount. I grew up watching him be involved with these groups. He taught me that the value of donating your time to a charity sometimes was more valuable than donating your money.”

What was your first paying job?

“I was 15 and worked for Joe Huff at Parks and Rec as a soccer referee.

If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?

“Fly all my friends and family to Sydney, Australia, for a concert at the Sydney Opera House. I’d book all of my favorite bands and musicians: Bon Jovi, the Allman Brothers Band, Yo Yo Ma, the London Philharmonic, Jack Johnson, KISS, Journey, Robinella and a reunited Gran Torino. I’d ask our choir at FUMC Maryville to sing the National Anthem as well. After a post concert dinner catered by the Varsity and Dreamland BBQ, we spend the next three months touring the Outback and New Zealand.”

What’s your favorite television or movie quote?

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Bueller

What are you guilty of?

“Leaving the seat up.”

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?

“Take three months off and do nothing but write music.”

Do you think there is life on other planets?

“Maybe, but I’d rather enjoy life here.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“My set of chef’s knives.”

What are you reading currently?

“The Blind Side,” by Michael Lewis.

Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?

“President Ronald Reagan. He tore down the Berlin Wall and brought the light of democracy to the East.”

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“President of the United States.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“I wish I had longer fingers. My hands are too small for me to be a concert pianist.”

What is your passion?

“Anything that has to do with food. My wife and I love to cook. We experiment with new recipes and ingredients at least twice a week. I’ve also really gotten into smoking barbecue and making sausages lately.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“I always think about this question each week when I read this column. I’d invite my dad, Gig Painter, who passed away in 2002; Ronald Reagan and Yo Yo Ma. All three have influenced my life in one way or another. I’d ask Chef Thomas Keller to make a six course lunch and then join us for the conversation.

What do you hate?

“Guitars that are out of tune and imitation crabmeat.”

What is your all-time favorite movie?

“ ‘This is Spinal Tap.’ Everything should go to eleven.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

“I really enjoyed the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books when I was a kid. It was hard to beat ‘Secrets of the Ninja’ or ‘The Lost Jewels of Nabooti.’ Besides, if you didn’t like the outcome, you could always start over.”

Would you travel in space?

“No. I have too many places that I’d like to see here first.”

If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“I would either like to go back to the 1980s and work on the bond trading desk at Salomon Brothers on Wall Street or the 1950s here in Maryville and meet my great-grandfather and his brothers as they formed Lambert Brothers, which eventually became Vulcan Materials.

What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?

“Easy question -- James Bond. Not Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton or the new guy, but Sir Roger Moore as James Bond. He had the style. He always won when he gambled, he drove the best cars, and he always got the girl. I’ve always wanted to fight alligators, ninjas and villains with metal teeth while wearing a dinner jacket.”

What is the best present you ever received?

“My baby grand piano.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“Mom and Dad always encouraged me to follow my passion. Music has become an essential part of my life because of them.”

Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?

“No, I tried to be a good boy.”

Who is your hero and why?

“My dad. He taught me that community is greater than self and God is greater than all.”

Describe your first car?

“I had a 1985 two-door Chevy S-10 Blazer. It was red and white with fire engine red interior. My dad bought it for me because it went from 0 to 60 in 5 minutes.”

What’s your favorite all-time song and why?

“Livin’ on a Prayer,” by Bon Jovi. It’s a classic rock anthem.

Is the glass half empty or half full?

“Half full. Life is too short, and each day is a gift.”

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