Occupation: Managing director of LeConte Wealth Management
Family: Married to Lisa Baird Grimm. They have a son, Addison, 17, and daughter, Erin, 12.
Hoy Grimm had a hunch he might have a future in the investment business the night before his first interview for a job in finance. He answered an ad for a position in the investment department with First Tennessee Bank.
“This is so corny, but when I learned the interview was with a bank investment department, my wife rented ‘Wall Street’ and I watched a young Charlie Sheen’s computer tell him that May 6 was his boss’s birthday. That’s my birthday so I took that as a sign the interview would go well. Sure enough, it did,” he said. “God blessed my life. There were 20 other candidates, and I’m sure I was the least qualified, but the guy saw something in me and hired me. I’ve been in the business 25 years.”
Grimm graduated from Beech High School in Middle Tennessee. “I grew up all over the place as a child and moved to Hendersonville just outside of Nashville in the eleventh grade,” he says.
Grimm discovered a passion for soccer while a middle school student living in central Florida.
“Soccer in central Florida was bigger than in most places of the country in the mid-1970s. In the early days of ESPN, they showed grainy telecasts of Italian and English matches, and I fell in love with soccer,” he says. “I was the goal keeper. I think playing goal keeper gave me the opportunity to be in control of something in my life. I was the one responsible for my team’s defense.”
Grimm played soccer at Tennessee Tech and now he coaches soccer for Blount United Soccer Club and the boys program at Maryville Middle School.
“The market can go nuts, and I can have the busiest day ever, but when I leave and go to practice, those kids don’t care. They want me to teach them, and they’re ready to be taught,” he says. “It is kind of cathartic for me to release the stresses of the day and focus on what I can do for those kids.”
Grimm says he is a coaching junkie and learns motivational techniques from coaches from a variety of sports. “I love to take sports and teach kids life lessons around sports that will last whether they continue to play that sport or not,” he says.
Grimm met Lisa through a match-making service that came to their high school. “For 15 bucks you filled out a questionnaire, and it would give you a list of those you were most compatible with in the school,” he says. “My wife was No. 2 on this list, and I asked her to prom. The rest is history.”
Grimm says the most important lessons he has learned as a parent are spiritual lessons. “I understand my relationship with God the Father better because I am a father, and I understand his love for me because I understand and feel that love for my kids,” he says.
Here is Hoy Grimm:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“Evelle in ‘Raising Arizona’ when he says, ‘H.I., you’re young, and you got your health. What you want with a job?”’
What are you guilty of?
“Foppery. I didn’t have many clothes as a child, and I am making up for it now.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“High Speed Internet Access.”
What are you reading currently?
‘“The Man God Uses,’ by Henry and Tom Blackaby.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“It was in Knoxville in 1993 when I punched a guy in church league basketball. That’s why I need to read the book in the previous question. I was a knuckle head in my 20s.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Live well, die old, serve others along the way, seriously.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Intimidating. I demand the best out of myself and my family, friends and players.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Procrastinate less. Yes, that is not the only thing I would change, but it is my biggest character flaw.”
What is your passion?
“Character development. Without it, we are all cavemen.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My wife, Lisa, but out somewhere so she doesn’t have to cook.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“None, but I would jump 50 years in future to see what kind of legacy I left behind.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“The Breitling SuperOcean watch Lisa gave me for our anniversary.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Criminals eventually go to prison.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“The Holy Spirit. It is more reliable than my flawed conscience.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Not on purpose. People today confuse friends, acquaintances and strangers. That’s the problem with social media, mere acquaintances have access to your life in a way that only friends should have.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Loan shark. Repossessing stuff on Christmas Eve isn’t fun. I had to repossess a big screen television. In a difference incident, I was chased off a porch with a butter knife. I did that job 18 months. That is when I answered the ad for the First Tennessee job.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“Anything voiced by Mel Blanc - Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam. They had sarcasm, knowledge and humor rolled into memorable characters.”
What irritates you?
“Self-centered people. They’re not aware of the legacy they’re going to leave behind. It ends with them.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Harmony Adoption’s Maryville office at 131 Cherokee Heights Drive with a donation in hand. Since I was adopted as a teenager, it is something that is personal for me.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Don’t look back. It will only slow you down.”
What is your greatest fear?
I still can’t quite get the hang of…
“Airport security. Is my 12-year-old daughter really a security threat?”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Fly away to spend a month in a Fijian Bure, one of those little huts over the water, isolated with my wife, Lisa.”