Occupation: Financial advisor and vice president of the Ewing Group Financial Services
Family: Andrea and her husband, Jody Carpenter, have a daughter, Maddie, 15, and a son, Josh, 13.
It is no surprise Andrea Carpenter has spent 21 years showing people how to save money. Carpenter knew early she wouldn’t have a career convincing folks to borrow money.
“I was a management major and sign language and business minor and started working retail for the credit department. I ended up convincing more people not to take credit,” she says. “I realized I needed to help people with their finances because I tried to talk people out of loans. I knew then that giving loans was not my line of work.”
Carpenter was born and raised in Maryville and graduated from Alcoa High School and Maryville College. “I’ve been a financial advisor 21 years. I started with Prudential,” she says. “Folks need to be to be educated and understand the basics of money management. I’m so glad high schools are offering personal finance courses now.”
Carpenter says she met her husband at Maryville College her freshman year and dated off-and-on for four years. They married in 1989 after they graduated.
“I think for a strong marriage, you have to be friends, first and foremost. I would consider him my best friend,” she says. “We didn’t have kids initially and got to really know each other and learned how to enjoy each other’s company. The most important job we have now is being parents.”
Carpenter says she thinks being a parent has made her appreciate her upbringing and what a tough job parenting is. “It just makes you appreciate how special it is to be a parent,” she says. “That is just a special gift and a special blessing from God if you have children.”
Carpenter recently returned from her first mission trip. It was to Tohatchi, N.M., to a Navajo Indian reservation. “It was me and 150 other people from Blount County. I think it makes you very appreciative for things you have and blessings you have and makes you very grateful,” she says. “We saw God’s hand at work from the first day we left here. It makes you very humble.”
Carpenter says she enjoys spending time with her family. “My daughter plays softball, my son does jujitsu and plays high school football, and I enjoying working at Central Point Baptist Church with my church family,” she says. “The Carpenters are big fishermen, We love to fish. I love to do that and spend time with my mom, Mickey Donovan.”
Here is Andrea Carpenter:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘“You’re killin’ me Smalls!’ – from ‘The Sandlot.’”
What are you guilty of?
“Spreading myself too thin. I’m guilty of trying to put 28 hours worth of activity into a normal day. I’m bad at overestimating what I can accomplish in any given day and be effective.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My Nana and Papa - Mabel Lane and Doc Lane. I love them both and to have one more lunch around her table would be a dream come true.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Never do anything half-hearted. If you aren’t going to give it your all, don’t do it at all. My mother has a servant heart and is always working to help others. She is the most energetic person I know, and she works tirelessly to help others more than herself. There is no ‘quit’ in her, and I have always strived to be that determined in my actions.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My iPhone. It has everything on it. It has my navigation, email and even has a Bible.”
What are you reading currently?
‘“Heaven is for Real,’ by Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Go on a mission trip, which I’m doing this month; visit the Field of Dreams in Iowa, and go to Disney World.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Patient. I’m a very easy going person.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I would be more organized. I don’t like clutter, but I could improve that area.”
What is your passion?
“Serving the Lord. I owe Him everything. The Lord has done everything for me. He saved me, gave me a purpose and plan.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. It is a beautiful area up there, and it gives you a great appreciation of the National Park and the resources.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“One Christmas, my husband gave me a big box, and inside it was every little thing I had mentioned over the years that I wanted but never had gotten. There was nothing of great value, but little things that I’ve just never bought for myself. That was truly the best gift because he worked so hard to make each thing special. I’ll never forget the care and love of that gift.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“I have Facebook and Twitter although I’ve never gotten the hang of Twitter.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Years ago, I worked collections for a department store. It was a trying job and one I’m glad I don’t have any longer.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“Probably the ‘Flintstones.’ I used to wear my hair like Pebbles.”
What irritates you?
“People who do things just for shock value of it. Absolutely fries me.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up.”
What is your greatest fear?
“I have a fear of heights. The second floor of a building is enough to freak me out.”
I still can’t quite get the hang of…
“Anyone who knows me, knows that answer: Cooking. Thank the Lord my husband can cook, or we would be in trouble at my house.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“I’d pick up and go to Disney World.”