Occupation: Automotive Account Manager for Alcoa, Inc.
Family: Husband, Scott; two dogs, Smokey and Beaux
Abbe Evans is an automotive account manager for Alcoa, Inc. In her line of work, she sells aluminum to auto manufacturers who turn the product into trunk lids. Evans understands the hard work put in by workers who process the aluminum for the company because that is how she got started. “I worked in the smelter for over 10 years,” Evans says. “I started as an intern in May of 1998, and I got dirty. I wore a hard hat and steel toe boots - the whole bit.”
Evans grew up in Anderson County in the Clayton community. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1994 and attended East Tennessee State University. She decided to major in civil and environmental engineering, went to Pellissippi State and then to the University of Tennessee where she graduated in May of 2000.
Evans and her husband live in Powell, and she commuted to Alcoa for five years before they found a place in Louisville in 2003.
“I had various roles and responsibilities in the smelter -- from process engineer in the pot room to the baking furnace to environmental coordinator -- and also the area coordinator of the green mill and the baking furnace,” she says.
Evans says she was always interested in getting into the sales side of the aluminum business. “I knew the manufacturing side. I appreciated learning that, but it wasn’t something I wanted to continue long term. I had an opportunity to stay with Alcoa and keep my tenure when this automotive position came open,” she says. “I am fortunate to be able to live in Blount County and do this job. I sell closure sheets - primarily hoods - for Nissan and Honda and Subaru.”
When she’s not selling aluminum, Evans enjoys being lead singer of a local band called Abbe’s Equation. The band plays the best of 1970s, ’80s and ’90s music. “It is all cover music. All of us have either engineering or finance backgrounds,” she says. “I’m the only female, and they wanted to use my name. Our drummer Googled Abbe’s Equation and turns out there is an actual equation created to explain how microscopic lenses reflect light.”
Here is Abbe Evans:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I’m definitely a mixture. I have my mother’s work ethic, but my father’s outgoing personality. And my dad always says I got my looks from him, because my mom still has hers.”
How do you like your steak cooked?
“I have finally graduated to Medium, but it took me a while.”
What are you guilty of?
“Watching Reality TV, but I only keep up with the ones that are on the main networks.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“A scrapbook my Mom made me from when I sang with Shania Twain at Thompson Bowling Arena in November 1998. My niece says Shania ‘sang with me.’ Most material things can be replaced, but pictures - pre-digital world - cannot. Plus there’s the fact that it is something my mother made.”
What are you reading currently?
“Breakthrough, Eight Steps to Wellness.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I have had many but one that comes to mind was eating a Snicker’s bar and having the crown on my front tooth -- I’ve had it since I broke it at age 8 -- come off. I looked like a Jack-O-Lantern. I was glad it was something that could be easily fixed.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Genuine - what you see is what you get.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“My hands. They look much older than my age. I guess I need to use Palmolive like I told my grandmother when I was a kid.”
What is your passion?
“Singing. I’m in a local band called ‘Abbe’s Equation,’ so even though I don’t plan to quit my day job, I still get to enjoy doing something I love.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Jesus Christ, who is, in my opinion, the greatest human to ever walk the Earth. What I know about him is what I believe through faith and what has been written by others but to have the opportunity to talk to him personally would be phenomenal. I look forward to doing that one day.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“I learned more from her actions, not her words. I can’t point to any exact saying, but it was her actions and how she continues to live her life. One take away from her would be that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
“For me, it would be to be more popular because I don’t get on a power kick.”
Who is your hero?
“My grandparents on both sides. On my dad’s side, I admire his father’s faith. As for his mother, it was her sense of style, grace and how she fixed fried chicken. On my mom’s side, her father was a very intelligent man. He had a patent from ‘the walking sock,’ and he was very financially sound. As for her mother, it was her compassion for others and also, she made the best chocolate chip cookies.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“None of the above.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“I’m a dog person. We have two dogs. Smokey is a Jack Russell who is 12 and a half, and Beaux who is half Boxer and half American Bulldog, is 8 months old.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“This wasn’t quite a formal job, but when I was in middle school, I was part of the Raptor Club. Part of taking care of the birds was to take tiny, live white mice, whack them on the side of a wooden table then feed them to the birds or freeze them for food later. I still cannot believe I used to do this.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
‘“Live Like You Were Dying,’ by Tim McGraw. This is our one shot at life. Live it to the fullest.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My engagement - and now wedding - rings.”
What’s your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“I don’t watch cartoon’s now, but if I did it would be ‘Scooby Doo.’”