Family: Married to Pam Jordan, who is with the Knoxville Utilities Board. They have two children, Lori Molter and Chris King.
Occupation: Corporate controller with Clayton Homes, Inc.
As immediate past president of the Blount County Education Foundation, David Jordan said the most rewarding and gratifying part of volunteering is helping the teachers.
“That is the best part of being involved in the education foundation - taking a school a check or a box full of stuff,” he says. “The teachers are so appreciative of anything we do. It’s not a whole lot of money, but it helps a lot.”
Jordan grew up in Bruceton, Tenn., in West Tennessee near Jackson.
“It is a two-stoplight town in Carroll County. My dad owned a grocery store in town, and I worked there. The town was known for a HIS Clothes factory that made Chic jeans, and I worked there, too, in the summers,” he says.
After he graduated from Hollow Rock Bruceton Central High School, a K-12 school with 275 students, Jordan attended the University of Tennessee at Martin for two years before he went to work at the Illinois Terminal Railroad as a conductor.
“It was a unique experience. I was a conductor. We weren’t a passenger service, so I didn’t wear a little hat,” he quips.
Jordan left there in 1980, moved to Knoxville and enrolled at the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1985.
While at UT, he worked at Valley Fidelity Bank during the day and went to school at night. In the spring of 1983, he went to Clayton Homes and was named corporate controller in 2001.
When Kevin Clayton asked him to get involved in the company’s philanthropic activities, Jordan joined the board of the Blount County Education Foundation. “We decided several years ago that education in the community was going to be Clayton’s focus,” he says.
The foundation is a good experience and very hands on, Jordan says. “We’re a working board. If it gets done, we have to do it.”
Jordan says he and his wife love to travel. “Those low-cost airlines have been great. You can jump down to Florida, and we like to do that,” he says. Also high on the list for free time is spending time with the grandchildren, Tyler and Drew Molter and Morgan King.
Here is David Jordan:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“Sometimes you just have to let art…. flow over you,” Nick, as played by William Hurt, from “The Big Chill.”
What are you guilty of?
“Let’s just say it’s a good thing being unorganized is not criminal activity.”
What are you reading currently?
“Stacy Schiff’s biography of Cleopatra. It is interesting to learn about the city of Alexandria and what it was like and how Cleopatra was a true monarch. She wasn’t Elizabeth Taylor. It is fascinating.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“I have been lucky to have been exposed to some good people that have helped me. My wife has had the most influence on my adult life.”
What is your passion?
“My family. They are what I love the most.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I was playing guitar in a church program when I was about 15, and I got off on the wrong key. It was awful.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Visit all 50 states (we’ve got six left); see Italy; and see the Pyramids.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“One hopes it is smart or funny, but it’s probably big. I’m 6-foot-3 inches tall and 265 pounds.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“A little more hair would be nice.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My grandfather’s pocket watch. He got it in 1910, and my mom gave it to me before she passed away.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My mother, Mavis Jordan. She died in 1986 and never lived to see me graduate from college. If it couldn’t be her, then John Lennon. He is my age and was an influential artist in my life. I enjoy all his music and think he was an interesting cat.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“Ancient Rome at the height of its power - around 200 A.D.. I think it is fascinating that 2,000 years ago there were great engineers and builders. It would probably stink to high heaven, but I’d like to see what it looked like and what was going on. It would be fascinating for a while, and then you’d have to run for your life.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“I got a pair of walkie-talkies when I was about 10.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Stand up for yourself and never, ever, hit a girl.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Facebook, to keep up with high school friends and family around the country.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Helping paint the flyover ramp from I-275 to I-40 east in downtown Knoxville when I was in college,” he says. “I had to strain the paint before it went through the sprayer. My fingernails were blue for months.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“Bugs Bunny. He’s a very cool wabbit.”
What irritates you?
“The current state of the U.S. Tax Code. It is an outrage we are required by our government to put up with that.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Boys and Girls Club or anywhere that serves kids that need our help.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Buy General Electric and Microsoft and short Enron and Global Crossing.”
What is your greatest fear?
“That some terrorist organization will get possession of a nuclear weapon and use it.”
I still can’t quite get the hang of…
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Jump out of an airplane... with a parachute, of course.”