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Matt Webb

Matt Webb

Age: 30

Occupation: Information Technology Services partner. He supports the transportation and demand planning team at Kimberly Clark.

Family: Married to Melissa Winn Webb, and they have three children: Ella Rae, 6; Ava, 3; and Olivia, 1. Parents are Joe Webb and Sharon Webb.

Matt Webb says he never knew what real living was until he became a husband and father.

“Honestly, having kids has been the biggest plus of my life. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning for work,” he says.

When his daughter Ella went through open heart surgery to repair a heart defect, it was a defining moment for the young father.

“I’ve got to say, that was the hardest seven hours and then seven days of my life. It taught me about appreciating life and appreciating children.”

Webb and his wife, Melissa, met while at William Blount High School. They were friends but never dated until his sophomore year at the University of Tennessee when they reconnected over fall break. “We started dating two months later and were engaged a year later. “I love talking to her and love being with her,” he says.

They moved to Johnson City where he took a job with Eastman Chemical. They were there five years. When Melissa was pregnant with their second daughter, Matt began a job with Marriott Business Services, and they moved back to Blount County. He stayed with Marriott for two years before he went to Kimberly Clark, where he has been now for two years.

While at Marriott, Webb became involved in his company’s Relay for Life team and then became part of the planning committee. Now he is production chair for the 2011 Relay for Life.

The father of three says there is not a family that is not touched in some way by cancer. Again, his involvement is motivated by family.

“The more money I can raise now, the better the chance that none of my daughters will ever have to battle the disease,” he says.

Webb says what he gets most out of working with Relay for Life is seeing the community turn out to support a good cause. “What I get out of it is relationships I build with other committee members and the teams and just seeing people coming out for a cause, giving money and having a good time,” he says.

Here is Matt Webb:

Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?

“I feel I’m a good blend of both. I like to believe I have at least some of my parent’s work ethic. Both work harder than anybody I know. My mom is a great teacher, has an outgoing personality and is always willing to help. Looking at pictures no one can question who I resemble most, my dad. I like to believe I have at least a little of my dad’s brain power and that I am as caring for my girls as he was for my sister and I growing up.”

What are you guilty of?

“Not saying ‘No.’ I like to be involved and be a part of everything I can.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“A Gustav Stickley Mission Sideboard that my wife and I purchased at an antique auction in Knoxville.”

What are you reading currently?

‘”Super Crunchers’ and other great page turners like ‘Freakonomics’ and ‘Super Freakonomics.’’’

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“I had been dating this young lady for about a month. She had asked me to attend a wedding she was in, and I showed up during an ice and snow storm to take her to the wedding in my best suit. She asked me to go back to the truck to get something she had forgotten. As I was hastily making my way out to the truck, I took the first step and was airborne. When I landed on my back, I hear my beautiful date say, ‘Look outside, Matt just ate it going down the stairs.’ I managed to do that two more times in the driveway before taking the dress shoes off and replacing them with boots.”

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

“Take my family to Europe for a 14-day tour of Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean. Rent a large ocean front house at Folly Beach with my family and friends. Make it to Grove Park Inn in Asheville for the Arts and Crafts Conference.”

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“Innovative.”

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

“Slowdown and enjoy life a little more.”

What is your passion?

“Besides spending time with my girls, my wife included, I love to go to antique auctions.”

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

“I’d like to have a long lunch with my maternal grandfather who passed away when I was 3.”

If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?

“I’m going to go with Kevin James. I like to think we have the same type of humor.”

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

“I’d love to go back to January 1, 1999. UT was three days away from winning the National Championship in Tempe, Ariz. It was truly a great time to be a UT Vol fan.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“When I was 13, my parents gave me the best present. It was a box of purpose and humility for Christmas. I had about 20 presents under the tree; it was 10 turtlenecks and 10 ties. I was less than amused, but after some short discussion I was given my true gifts and learned a lesson about being thankful.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“People can say and do a lot of things to you, but you are responsible for how much you learn, how much you know and for how hard you are willing to work.”

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

“The two youth ministers I had growing up at Monte Vista. Between ages 13 and 18, Dave Perkins and Lisa Russell did an amazing job with me and my friends.”

Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?

“Facebook. I’m not sure about the whole Twitter thing. I barely have enough time to keep up with my own life.”

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

“I’m a cat person by default. It’s what my wife and I started out with.”

What’s the worst job you have ever had?

“Surveying land in 95 degree heat, especially when you finally drive the pole into the ground and someone radios to tell you it’s off 2 inches to the left.”

What is your theme song that best describes you?

‘”These are the Words I Would Say,’ - Sidewalk Prophets.”

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

“Tom and Jerry.”

What irritates you?

“Folks who park in handicap spots who have nothing wrong with them and people who don’t return their shopping cart to the store or to the cart return.”

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?

“Enjoy the next four years as much as you can. Spend time building friendships, don’t worry about petty things, care about people and learn about yourself.”

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