Occupation: Manager of process improvements, community relations/governmental affairs and land and geology for Midsouth Division - Vulcan Materials Company.
Family: Married to Gail, and they have two daughters, Kendall, 17, and Erin, 12.
Carl Van Hoozier Jr. will be glad when there aren’t anymore Cystic Fibrosis fundraisers like the one his company is sponsoring this Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23.
It’s not that he doesn’t want to serve, he’s simply looking forward to a cure.
“The Curefinder Make a Break for CF Sporting Clay Tournament is something we’re very proud of. There are a lot of Vulcan people who get involved in the event,” he says.
Hoozier said there will be 500 shooters this year at Chilhowee Sportsman Club from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This is the ninth year for the event. “We’re trying to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. That is our goal, and each year we’ve been doing this shoot, the life-span of these kids who have Cystic Fibrosis has increased,” he said. “The researchers are making headways.” he says.
Estimates for the nine years of the clay tournament are that the group has raised more than $1 million.
Van Hoozier grew up in East Tennessee and has stayed here with the exception of 12 years in Nashville. He graduated from Farragut High School in 1974 and went to work at Vulcan Materials.
“I’ve been with Vulcan 37 years. I started out mowing grass at the division office on Alcoa Highway in high school, I went to UT and graduated in general business administration. I was on the four-year program that took five years to get through, but I worked with Vulcan during that time.”
After college, Van Hoozier worked in quality control. That position laid groundwork for his next position in sales. The sales job, he said, helped him learn how to be comfortable meeting new people and helped develop his leadership skills.
“I did that for two years, and then I ran a ready-mix plant for two years, which meant I managed a bunch of truck drivers. I learned management at an early age. Vulcan gave us opportunities to do that, and I’ve been pretty much in management, sales or operations ever since,” he says.
Carl and his wife, Gail, have been married 22 years. They knew each other in high school in Knoxville but didn’t date until both were living in Nashville.
“My best friend and her best friend were brother and sister. I was going out with my best friend’s sister in Nashville. She got transferred and moved.”
Gail wanted company to go to the movies, so the “fixing up” began. Gail called me about the movies, and we’ve been together ever since.”
Van Hoozier said being a father has been the greatest privilege of his life. “I think I’m probably the luckiest father out there. They’re a lot of fun,” he said. “They’re girls, but they are ‘Tom-boys’ and have been pretty heavily involved in soccer and basketball through years. We do quite a bit of travel with club soccer.”
Van Hoozier and his Vulcan colleagues are hoping to raise $150,000 in two days for research to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. For more information, call 865-577-2511.
Here is Carl Van Hoozier Jr.:
What is your favorite material possession?
“Pictures of my girls growing up.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“Haaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy,” Fonzie from ‘Happy Day’s.’ I love that show. I still record that show every once in a while and watch it.”
What are you guilty of?
“Driving a little too fast.”
What are you reading currently?
“The Bible. I like to read it every night.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“When my cell phone went off during a funeral eulogy. It took what seemed like forever to find it and turn it off. It was terrible, and the funeral was crowded.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Kind, because I like to treat others like I like to be treated.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I would be more patient.”
What is your passion?
“Trying to be a great dad for my girls.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My mother, Phyllis Van Hoozier. She died 12 years ago, and she was the greatest mother a son could ever ask for.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“The 1950s. I loved the music, the way of life and the cars.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My camera. I enjoy taking pictures as a hobby. Right now I have a Cannon 7-D.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Treat others the way that you would like to be treated.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“My wife. She is so giving of her time to others and is my best friend.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Washing dishes at Weaver’s cafeteria.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“The Road Runner. He was fast and always outsmarted the Coyote.”
What irritates you?
“Traffic congestion and pot holes.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“The new Foothills Parkway that has not opened yet. It has a beautiful view.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Buy low and trade high.”
What is your greatest fear?
“Doing the Chat Room.”
“I still can’t quite get the hang of…
“Snow skiing forward. I always seem to come down a slope backwards.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Buy a Turbo 911 Porsche.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Get my two daughters through college, see that they marry men that are kind to them and build my mountain home in Townsend. I just think Townsend is one of the prettiest places in the country, and I’d like to retire right there.”