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Joe Tipton

Joe Tipton

Age: 50

Family: Married to Janet Tipton for 27 years, and they have two sons. Andy is 23 and Alex, 16.

Occupation: Service and parts director at Twin City Buick; chair of the Maryville Public Building Authority and vice chair of Government Relations for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.

Joe Tipton’s day job is service and parts director at Twin City Buick. In his volunteer work, he is chair of the Maryville Public Building Authority and vice chair of Government Relations for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. Through these three venues, he says he sees reasons to feel confident about the local economy.

“We’re seeing an upturn in business, and we’ve seen a little more traffic. There are good weeks, and a strong market is coming back. We’re optimistic we’ll get through this downturn and will thrive.”

Tipton says this isn’t the first time the national and local economies have dealt with recessions.

“I haven’t seen things this severe before, but it is similar to the early 1980s. In 1990 and 1992, we had our last real downturn, and this is similar. For businesses and governments, we’ve had to get our expenses trimmed down and try to cut overhead to meet our current sales volume.”

Tipton says those efforts to trim expenses will only make businesses and individuals stronger after the economy improves.

“Our position is: As the economy builds momentum, the things we’ve done to work through this will make us even stronger in the end.”

Tipton says it appears business is moving in a positive direction. “Particularly in the car business, we’re seeing some service and parts business pick up, and we’ve had good sales days that make us optimistic.”

When Tipton isn’t working at the dealership, with the Maryville PBA or attending chamber functions, he can be found on a football field coaching 9 and 10 year old boys for the Maryville Southerners football team.

“That’s my main hobby and always has been.”

Tipton said he realized a few years ago he had either been playing baseball or football since he was 9.

After high school, he joined the Tennessee Secondary Sports Athletic Association and worked as a referee for high school football for 20 years. Then he coached Pee Wee football for several years, starting when his sons were playing at that level. After his sons moved on, he continued to coach at that level, in part because he enjoyed the company of friends and fellow Southerners coaches Steve Fox, Joey Winders and Jeff Wallace.

“That’s my true passion. It’s more fun when you don’t have your own child involved.”

Tipton said he believes in the importance of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce to the area’s economy. “My personal view is the Chamber of Commerce is the best thing to happen to business in Blount County in recruiting industry and getting business people together to network. It’s healthy for our businesses to be a part of that,” he says. “Lots of the friends I’ve made and people I’ve met, we’ve ended up doing business together, so it’s good for everyone involved.”

25 Random Things About Joe Tipton

1. Andy and Alex are the best things that ever happened to Janet and me. They are good guys.

2. We like basketball. They both are pretty good at it.

3. I pretty much say what is on my mind, sometimes to a fault.

4. Fall is the best time of the year in Maryville. I love the Fall Festival and all the other activities that celebrate our Smoky Mountain heritage.

5. Janet and I were born at Blount Memorial Hospital and have lived in Blount County all our lives.

6. I have been involved in youth sports either as a player, official or coach every year since I was 9 years old.

7. I just turned 50 and I feel it. As the great Lewis Grizzard said, “Elvis is dead, and I don’t feel so good myself!”

8. “Just another day in paradise!”

9. I love to coach youth sports. I coached Andy and Alex at Maryville Little League for 14 years. I have coached the Maryville Southerners (9 and 10 year old football) for seven years.

10. I have my own karaoke machine.

11. My mother was a very good pianist. She gave my sisters and me a good ear for music. That is a gift that I will enjoy my entire life.

12. “God smiles on a man who is good to his mother-in-law!” I’ve got a good one. I hope my sons realize what fantastic grandparents they have. I sure do appreciate them.

13. I live in a mixed family. Janet graduated from Maryville, and I graduated from Alcoa. I catch more grief from Alcoa people. She teaches in Maryville, we live in Maryville and my kids have gone to Maryville.

14. I have enjoyed being part of Twin City Dealerships’ growth over the past 25 years. There are about a dozen of us that have been there 15-20 plus years. The stability is awesome. It is a great place to work.

15. “Save a salesman, buy a car.”

16. I hate lima beans.

17. I love the water, boating, swimming, fishing, etc.

18. Friendship is important and sacred to me. I am blessed with many true friends.

19. “Yes, sir.” “No, Ma’am.” “Please.” “Thank you.” Women first. “Mr. and Mrs.” These are phrases I use, and my boys use them too. We taught them well, and it took. I was raised with those, and my grandparents and parents are all pretty traditional conservative people. I remember as a child people making comments about how courteous and polite I was. I guess by example my kids have learned the same thing and it is gratifying to have my friends tell me my boys are polite and courteous.

20. “It will feel better when it quits hurting!” That’s what I tell my football players. I had my hip replaced, and they sent me a “get well” card with that on it.

21. Steve West taught me to give back to the community that has supported us for all of these years.

22. My Dad, Bennett Tipton, is my best friend.

23. Janet likes Elton John. She is making me go see him in Nashville for her 50th birthday.

24. I am not very politically correct.

25. Forrest Gump: My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” I just like that phrase. That’s the way you live life. You don’t know what is coming next, so take it and run with it.

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