Men and Their Chairs - June 2020

11th Annual Celebration of Local Men

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June 2020 Issue
Photography by Meredith M. Deal

There’s something special about the bond a man has with his chair. There is no set time for a man to acquire his chair, and his chair may vary throughout his life. Nonetheless, a man’s chair is a place where many important decisions are pondered and made, both personally and professionally. In history, we can look back to powerful moments put into action from a chair: Winston Churchill saved the free world from his bunker chair and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats eased an entire nation all from a chair. More iconically is the power kings convey from their thrones and the barking of orders from the director’s’ chair to create great movies. Sometimes the chair itself takes on a best supporting role and becomes a character of its own like Archie Bunker’s famous chair in “All in the Family,” or Martin Crane’s chair in “Frasier.”

We wanted to see some of the chairs our local Glynn County guys are attached to, so we went looking for a few good men. We did a good job finding them, and not only did they have a favorite chair, but a lot of heart, as well!

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Ryan McLoughlin
Hometown:
  Altamont, New York
Career:  Sommelier
Single.
Family: Parents Martha and Kevin
My favorite motto or words to live by:
“Life’s too short to drink bad wine.”
My greatest achievement so far is:
Finding and advancing in a career that I love and have such a passion for.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you do something you love, then you’ll never feel like you’re working.” I’m, not sure who first told me this, and I’m pretty sure multiple people told me something similar over the years, but it is something that should be passed on.
If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be?
My goal would be to unify our country and create sense of pride in being an American again.
How has your father inspired you?
My father is an avid adventurer and outdoorsman. As a child we would often travel with all of our vacations revolving around the outdoors and wildlife. Through this upbringing I continue to have a deep appreciation for the outdoors and try to spend as much time as I can enjoying what the Golden Isles has to offer.
If you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Anthony Bourdain. He was able to connect with millions of people through his writings and television series by simply showing the world the one thing that makes us all the same: FOOD. I would assume we would dine in a hole-in-the-wall ramen shop in Kyoto or some fourth generation Pho place in Vietnam. The man knew how to eat!
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
There are so many wonders in the world, and I have been fortunate to see some spectacular sights. Of the more unique sights that come to mind is touring the back side of Molokai, Hawaii, via helicopter. It was amazing seeing some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world.   
The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is:
I have so many items on my bucket list I’m not sure if I could pick the first one, but a few at the top are: See the Northern Lights, travel throughout South East Asia and stand on the South Pole.
Tell us about the history of your chair:
My Chair has been my recent office, dining room, and cocktail hour spot. My backyard patio is where you’ll find it. With the situation of shelter in-place and work from home our country was thrown into, I found myself spending hours on my patio tasting wine, conducting virtual tastings, or just plainly having a glass of wine at sunset while being thankful for the area we live in. A lot of perspective has been gained sitting in this chair over the last few months.
If my chair could say something about me, it would say:
It would probably tell me to “Drink less wine!”

 

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Donald E. Peacock
Hometown: Newmarket, NH / Tall Ship Lynx, Captains quarters
Career: Captain and President of the Lynx Educational Foundation, owner and operator of the Tall Ship Lynx
Family: Son Alexander, age 31
My favorite motto or words to live by:
Live Free or Die (New Hampshire State Motto)
Other than family, my greatest achievement so far:
I have been very fortunate to have started good businesses but, by far, being custodian of the National Treasure, Lynx, where we “share the ship” to educate and provide a backdrop of days gone by is pretty good in my book.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Do the job right the first time. I do not give advice, I have too much to learn.
If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be?
Identify the waste and fraud in the government and cut the federal budget by 10 percent over 10 years; 5 percent the first year. I know each agency can find 5 percent waste, don’t you?
How has your father influenced you?
My Dad was 80 percent deaf and never played a victim. He raised five kids and loved sports; he was funny and honest and loved his family..
If you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Former President Ronald Reagan, he was an amazing man, a good democrat, but a better conservative, had tremendous wit and the best quotes out there. Reagan single-handedly brought down the Soviet Union as the Great Communicator. We would order steak and Maine lobster.
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
Watching my son grow up to be the person he is from the day he was born, and his skill as a mariner.
The No. 1 thing on my bucket list:
Alpine Ski the best resorts of Europe for two months.
Tell us about the history of your chair:
This chair was custom-made in 2001 by M.W.J. Timchak for the ship and presented to Woodson Woods who commissioned the build of the Lynx in Rockport, Maine.
If my chair could say something about me, it would say:
“I’m proud of Captain Don’s time and commitment in education on this ship, and he is living up to the ship’s maxim—‘Be Excellent To Each Other And To Your Ship.’”

 

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Benjamin Sterling, Jr.
Hometown:  Brunswick, Ga.     
Career:  Director of Retail Operations at Coastal Georgia Historical Society   
Married to: Tashina
Family: Daughter Caden, (age 10); Twin Sons, Benjamin & James (age 3) 
My favorite words to live by:
Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” —Viktor E. Frankl
Other than family, my greatest achievement so far is...
I appreciate being able to serve in my community in so many ways, such as with my church, my rotary club, the PTA,  or consulting with businesses. With that said, my greatest achievement are my homemade burgers; my extended family all say are the best they’ve ever had. (That is saying a lot coming from them!)
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
Seeing the birth of my kids. I’m still amazed at how my wife carried herself during that process.
If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be?
I would focus on health care. We really have been exposed during this pandemic and need to re-evaluate our country’s values.
How has being a father inspired you?
Being a father gives purpose to every decision I make. They also make me earn my most proud title of Daddy.  
If you could share a meal with one person, who would it be? 
Michael Jordan. I always wanted to “be like Mike” as a kid and am recently getting nostalgic from watching “The Last Dance.” I admire his drive. My fellow University of North Carolina Tarheel Alum and I could grab some dogs from Sutton’s on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill.
The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is:
I want to go skydiving with my wife. The only problem is convincing her of “a reason to jump out of a perfectly good plane.” I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  
Tell us about the history of your chair:
“Daddy’s chair”—my chair since 2017, was given to me by James Baker, Sr. It is the recliner where I relax and watch TV, but usually is where my kids climb on top of me and fall asleep. Regardless of how crazy life can get, and 2020 has not been short of that, this is where everything slows down, and where I’m focused on what’s most important.
If my chair could say something about me, it would say: 
“I’m only meant for one person at-a-time, but somehow, I am usually a chair for two, three, four or more!”


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Phil King
Hometown: Atlanta    
Career: Singer/Songwriter/ER Patient Advocate    
Single.    
Family: Daughter Elizabeth, Grandson Yancey, Grandaughter Miranda and Great Granddaughter  Vanessa, age 2
My favorite motto or words to live by:
Do the right thing all the time, even when it’s hard, even when it costs you, even when no one is looking!
Other than family, my greatest achievement so far:
Saving lives in the ER (emergency room). Touring with some of the greatest acts ever is also pretty cool.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received or given?
Doing the right thing is a real way of living. Not just a concept.
If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be?
Get money out of politics.
How has your father influenced you?
I have always tried to make my father proud of me, even though he died when I was a boy.
If you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Paul McCartney...songwriting is one of the greatest and most mysterious gifts. He and John Lennon were two of the best. I am a picky eater, so I would say steak, veggies and egg custard.
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? My daughter’s birth.
The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is:
I’ve traveled extensively, so I would say having one of my songs in the Top 20. Which song? That’s difficult for me because each song is my baby. I love them all dearly. I have two sides to my songwriting: Up-tempo rock and pretty ballads. I had fights with the label A&R guys about having to pick only one side of my writing and do it almost exclusively. We were a southern rock band, and I loved the fast, energetic rock songs. But I grew up listening to the Beatles, and I argued they did both! And, it was a pretty ballad that caught the ear of the label president, who signed us.
I would love if one of my up-tempo, feel good songs, like “American Made,” which is streaming now, got into the Top 20, as it seems to be appropriate during these stressful times. I also have the song most folks locally know, “In The Golden Isles.” I made it into a YouTube video. But, would also love one or more of my beautiful ballads, which have made ladies cry during performances in the Top 20. Songs like, “She Loves A Man,” or “You Find Love.” Check them out on my website: www.musicbyphilking.com
Tell us about the history of your chair:
My chair is in my studio. I have written, recorded and mixed many of my songs in this chair. It is an old high-back black office chair, beat up a little, but I wouldn’t replace it. This chair has been a place several of my feline fur babies used as a perch throughout the years, to sit with me while I worked. They would claw the top of the chair as they lay there, and it shows the damage, but I don’t care about the scratch marks, because some of those babies are no longer with me. I cherish each imperfection as a reminder of the love we shared; it’s perfectly imperfect!
If my chair could say something about me, it would say:
“He completely loses track of time!”


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Jason Elliot
Hometown: Smyrna, GA    
Career: Disaster Relief      
Married to: Nikki   
Family:  Son Gabe, age 6  
My favorite motto or words to live by:
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” —Sir Edmond Burke
Other than family, my greatest achievement so far:
My wife and I being able to go back to college. It took six years from starting with no degree to completing my Masters. As a non-traditional student with a full-time job, a small child, and a wife, who is a student with a full-time job as well, it was quite the journey.  She is now completing her Masters. I can’t say for sure we’ll stop there, though.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“What good is it to be the richest man in the cemetery?” —Col. Sanders. There will always be a reason to work a little later, to respond to one more email, or to go on one more trip, but your children will only be young once. Don’t miss the memories.   
If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be?
To establish term limits in Congress. Congress proposed and passed the 22nd Amendment placing term limits on the President, but oddly enough left themselves out of the equation. Now, presidency after presidency, we watch the same group of people argue with each other and accomplish little for our country.
How has your father influenced you?
My father is always building something, or improving his home. I’m the same way now. My son loves building things in video games, so I’m hoping he continues the trait, as well.
If you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Peter the Apostle. I’ve always been interested in his journey, personality and his actions in the Bible. I know he was a fisherman, but I don’t eat seafood…so I’d have to introduce him to Chick-fil-a!  
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
My son Gabe’s laugh. It amazes me every time to see and hear it.  
The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is:
To write a book about transformational leadership. It won’t be a how-to with all the answers, but more of a thought-provoker to explore how actions can motivate and demotivate teams. I have a running list of chapter titles, so who knows, it might happen one day.
Tell us about the history of your chair:
Most of my furniture has come from Restore. My rolling office chair is no different. It’s comfortable, and it’s also where I spend my day when I work from home. My chair is big enough to move around in but it’s small enough that my son can pull up another chair beside me at the desk while he works on his homework.  
If my chair could say something about me, it would say:
“Gym shorts and dress shirts...he does that on Zoom calls!”

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