Family: Married to Lisa Hansen Tuggle Blended family includes daughter Alex Hansen, 22; daughter Chandler Hansen, 17; son Sam Hansen, 15; daughter Mackenzie Tuggle, 13; and son Bryce Tuggle, 10.
Occupation: Owner of Personal Care Choices and a full-time dad
Brian K. Tuggle was born and raised in Lynchburg, Va., graduated from Central Virginia Community College with an Associates Degree in Business Administration in 1989 and from Radford University with a degree in marketing in 1992.
For six years Tuggle worked as a regional and then national account manager for several different food companies. “I started out in the food business because I was curious about how tractor-trailers pulled up to the back of restaurants and all the food came out. I wondered where it all came from, so curiosity led me to the food business.”
While working for a food company, he moved to Maryville. After a brief career in financial services, he learned about a company called Senior Choices whose owner wanted to sell. He bought the company in 2003 and changed the name to Personal Care Choices in 2004.
“We are a non-medical personal care company. We take care of individuals with tasks such as cooking, cleaning, bathing and transportation. We foster independence by allowing people to stay in their homes as long as possible instead of going directly to assisted living or nursing home.”
Tuggle met his wife, Lisa, in 2004, and they married in 2005. Tuggle says he has enjoyed being part of a blended family. “You have to keep an open mind that families are different. She has to be a parent to her children, and I have to be a parent to mine, but we stand strong together when decisions are made,” he says.
Tuggle says he enjoys working with April Foolies talent show every year and helping the agencies involved - New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Success by Six and The Gate - Gateway to Independence.
“What better way to raise money for these agencies than by acting like a fool,” he says.
Here is Brian Tuggle:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“Well, I’m a combination of both. I have my mother’s volunteer spirit and my dad’s patience and belly.”
What are you guilty of?
“Committing to too many things at one time. I can’t say, ‘No.’”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My wedding band from Lisa. To me, it means an opportunity and chance for a new beginning.”
What are you reading currently?
“‘21.’ I picked it up while in Vegas in February. It is the book about the MIT students who went to Las Vegas and beat the odds.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I have many but when I was around 10, I came out of the men’s room with a trail of toilet paper stuck to my waistline. It was not a good day.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Have a beach-front home, be able to watch my great-grandchildren play and see the Seven Wonders of the World.”
What is one word others often use to describe you?
“Entertaining, I don’t know if they get a kick out of making fun of me or of me making fun of myself. I’m always joking and laughing at myself.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“To be 180 pounds and ripped.”
What is your passion?
“Fostering independence in others. That is what my business does and that’s what I try to do with my children and with Lisa’s children. You’ve got to teach people to be independent. If we did, the world would be a better place.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My grandfather on my mother’s side. He passed away before I was born. He’s the only grandparent I haven’t met.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“Last week, so I know what I’m doing this week.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“It doesn’t really come in a box but the unconditional love you receive from family.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
‘”Cut your hair.’ She always got on me for my hair being too long.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“All of my ‘other parents’ -- such as teachers, coaches and first bosses.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Neither - I’m not even a fish person. I’m kind of like a grandparent. You visit with them and then give them back to their rightful owners. I play with pets and love on them but don’t want one myself.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“It would be a toss up from being the fry cook at Red Lobster or a steel/iron worker in my hometown’s foundry.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
‘”Movin on Up” from ‘The Jeffersons.’ I think it represents kind of where I’m at in life. You listen to the words, and it talks about how he and his wife stick together and make things happen.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“It wasn’t really a cartoon, but I loved ‘American Bandstand.’ It was the only way to see the newest/latest artists perform their songs.”
What irritates you?
“People who take advantage of others.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Cades Cove. It is a history lesson in itself. It’s amazing to go through there and see the wildlife being wild and the wildflowers growing where they want - all untouched by man. It is just a beautiful area.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Do you really think your mullet looks that good?”