Occupation: Vice president, Foothills Bank and Trust
Family: One son, Jones, 5.
Being an Eagle Scout definitely has its advantages, says David Conner.
David is a third generation Eagle Scout, so Scouting holds a special place in his heart. “I got my love for camping through Scouting. I made a lot of good friends in Scouting, and I learned a lot,” he says. “It is definitely special to be an Eagle Scout. The odds are against you. There are not many who followed through. It’s a great experience. I can honestly say I could survive in the woods.”
David was born and raised in Maryville. “I’ve never left,” he said. “I’ve been here all my life -- went to Maryville High School and Maryville College and now I work here. I’ve always enjoyed being here, and I’ve never had a reason to leave. My roots are here and my family is here.”
When David graduated from Maryville College, Nick McGuire hired him at the Home Bank in 2000. “Banking has always intrigued me. I got into it and have never gotten out of it,” he says. “It is amazing to see how things have changed in the past 10 years throughout the banking industry.”
David has one son, Jones, 5. “He is my true passion. We do all kinds of stuff together. He really inspires me, and I do everything I can to make life better for him,” David says. “He’s really made me realize the importance of prioritizing my life, and he has really molded my life.”
The bank vice president is a member of the 2005 Class of Leadership Blount. “I was able to meet several people I would never have met, and I got to learn more about our county,” he says. “I think Leadership Blount is a great program, and I think it is something everyone should have the opportunity to do.”
David says he enjoys running on the Greenway and playing soccer. “I’m a forward, and I love to run,” he says.
David is a member of Alcoa Kiwanis Club and on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity and Foothills Community Development Corporation. Currently he is coaching Jones’ AYSO soccer team. “This is my first try at coaching, and I really love it,” he says.
Here is David Conner:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“I want the truth,” Tom Cruise. “You can’t handle the truth,” Jack Nicholson from ‘A Few Good Men.’”
What are you guilty of?
“Being early. I always like to be on time. I’ve always been on time.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“I would have to say my new Nikon or my Droid. Photography is one thing I want to learn more about and is one thing I like to do.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Be more patient. I don’t like to wait.”
What is your passion?
“My son, Jones.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Section-hike the Appalachian Trail; write a book; travel abroad. I’m an outdoors kind of guy, and the AT is pretty tough. I think it would be nice to travel. I want to go to Europe and maybe travel somewhere to a World Cup game.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Dependable. If you ask me to do something I will, and it may be done early.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My grandfathers, Wilson Conner and A.C. Brakebill. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to know them, and from what I know about them, our relationships would have been special.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“1978, the year I was born. I think it would be neat to view 1978 through today’s eyes because things have changed so much in last 30 years. It would be neat to look back with today’s perspective on way things were in 1978.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“In 1986 I got a Michael Jordan rookie card for Christmas, and I still have it today.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“Nick McGuire. He gave me a job right out of college and believed in me. Nick gave me the opportunity to become who I am today. His knowledge and wisdom will always be remembered.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Myspace. It is a good way to reconnect with friends.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Never had a bad one. I have enjoyed them all.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“’Phineas and Ferb.’ Jones and I love watching this together.”
What irritates you?
“People who are late.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“The Smoky Mountains. I have spent many nights in the Smokies, and I enjoy it more each time I go.”
What is your greatest fear?
“Snakes. I just don’t like them.”
“I still can’t quite get the hang of…
“Building things. The good thing is my buddy Justin Marcus is very handy and is always willing to lend a helping hand.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Drive on the Audubon. I’ve always wanted to go real fast in a Porsche, and that would be a good place to do it.”