Occupation: Building contractor, Henegar and Henegar Builders, Inc. His partner was his late father, Malcolm Henegar.
Family: His wife, Cindy, is a real estate agent with Nelson Realtors. They have two sons, Drew Henegar, 27, and Blake Henegar, 21.
Bill Henegar grew up in Blount County, graduated from Friendsville High School and spent six years in the U.S. Air Force. After his service, he returned home and started his construction career as a laborer.
Henegar’s father, Malcolm, was in the construction business, but Bill started with another company to learn the business from the ground up. After a few years his father eased him into the family business. Eventually Henegar and his father became partners.
The company specializes in residential and light commercial construction and custom remodeling. “I really like custom building, which is different from most builders,” said Henegar. “A lot of people don’t want to hold the customer’s hand, but I like going through the details. I pledge to the customer that I’ll have the best men and material for the job, and we will end up with a product we are both proud of.”
One of the things Henegar is proud of is that he earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a young man. “My scoutmaster was the late James D. Lillard. I always had a lot of respect for him. Earning my Eagle taught me responsibility,” he said. “You had to have all those skills, earn merits in those field. I think it gives you a better overall awareness of what’s going on around you, plus it encourages responsibility. You have to complete tasks.”
Henegar is an active member of the Maryville/Alcoa Home Builders Association and is a board member of the City of Maryville Regional Planning Commission. “I was appointed by the late Stanley ‘Skeeter’ Shields, and I’m the oldest planning commissioner. I’ve been on it for 17 years.”
The longtime builder says Maryville has progressed at a fast pace because it is one of the most ideal places to live. “I’ve been to a lot of places in my lifetime, mostly on vacations, but I’m always glad to come back to Maryville.”
Henegar says with the tough economy the way it is, he doesn’t want the area to suffer but he does worry about small businesses. The company owner says the remedy for a tough economy and restrictions government puts on business is for everyone to do their best at whatever occupation they have. “Everybody has their identity in this community. My responsibility is to build the best products for people that I can and let others do the best job they can to keep the community thriving.”
Here is Bill Henegar:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“My father, Malcolm Henegar. Ever since I was a child, I have always been involved with construction. I enjoy seeing a project through to its completion.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“What we’ve got here is (a) failure to communicate.” From “Cool Hand Luke.”
What are you guilty of?
“Compulsiveness, just checking constantly to see that I’ve done things the way they need to be done.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My 1961 autographed baseball by Roger Maris, signed in person at Yankee Stadium. Back then if you flipped a ball player $50, you could get them to sign. My grandfather had seats behind the Yankee’s dugout. Tickets were $12 a seat. We could walk up and talk to the players. Maris wasn’t the most outgoing person. He was under a lot of stress because everyone knew he was approaching Babe Ruth’s record of 60 homeruns in a season. He finally got to where he wouldn’t talk to any news media at all. The last year of the old Yankee Stadium, my family sat in almost the same seats that I did when I was 11.”
What are you reading?
“Mike Huckabee’s ‘Do The Right Thing.’ Mike is different from a lot of politicians. He says what’s actually going on, and I like his honestly.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th Century?
“Ronald Reagan. I believe he spoke from his heart, and it didn’t matter where he was, you knew where you stood. I watched him come up as an actor in General Electric Theater. He always impressed me.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“The night my family and I were invited to sit in the Knoxville News Sentinel’s seats for a hockey game. We had just sat down when I was hit in the back of the head by a puck. I had some hotdogs in my hands, and I saw that puck coming and tried to get down. It hit a block wall and gashed my head. It was nothing major, but I announced at the infirmary that I was the new owner of the team.”
If you only had a week to live, what would you do and why?
“Try to make amends with anyone I have offended. I might need more than a week.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Sometimes aggravating, because I am a stickler for details, wanting to be sure we have covered all the bases.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Be a little more patient and relaxed.”
What is your passion?
“Knowing that a job is well done, and I have pleased the customer.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“One more Saturday breakfast with my Dad. I bet he would have a new joke to tell me.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“My childhood. I had no worries, lots of friends, and it was just good, simple fun.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My parents gave me a replica of Chuck Conner’s gun from the television show ‘The Rifleman.’ I tried immediately to twirl it and split my lip with the barrel on Christmas morning.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Always tell the truth, no matter what the consequences.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
“Popular, most definitely. I think when you are popular, you earn people’s respect. My dad always told me treat people the way you want to be treated and don’t ask people who work for you to do something you wouldn’t do yourself. He said, ‘Always be able to look in the mirror when you shave in the morning.’”
Who is your hero?
“My mother’s father, C.B. ‘Chic’ Hurley. He always impressed me with his organization as well as his love for his family.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Dog person. Sadly, we lost the best dog we ever had this November. She was a chocolate Lab, and her name was Hershey.”