Tommy Steedley is the owner of Steedley's Transmission and Automotive in Lee County.
If he were not living in metro Albany, Tommy Steedley might enjoy life in Daytona Beach, Fla.
There, he could combine two of his major loves — spending time at the beach with his family and his love of NASCAR racing.
Steedley, owner of Steedley’s Transmission and Automotive in Lee County, said he would have liked to have been a mechanic on a NASCAR team. And, he says, trips to Florida to the beach are at the top of his favorite vacation destinations list.
Steedley sat down with reporter Jim West recently for this question-and-answer session.
Q. What was your first job?
A. Working at Albany Lawnmower. It was kind of tough back then, but it was fun.
Q. What was the first thing you spent money on when you received your first paycheck?
A. Probably parts for messing with go carts, mini bikes, things like that I enjoyed working on.
Q. What led you to your current position? Why did you want to operate your own business?
A. I just wanted to work on my own hours. I enjoy working with people and talking to people.
Q. What is the biggest lesson you as a business leader learned from the recent recession?
A. Just learning by my mistakes. Keep on going.
Q. If you could turn the clock back on one aspect of technology – examples email, automated phone systems, cell phones, PDAs, etc. – what would you most like to see go away?
A. Cell phones are the thing that’s keeping people from getting anything done. That’s one of the things right there why I don’t like cell phones.
Q. What is your favorite work-related gadget?
A. I like to use impacts and air tools.
Q. When you leave work, what do you do to relax?
A. I enjoy The Three Stooges a lot.
I really like to watch them.
Q. I’m up and going by? And what is your morning routine?
A. I get up about 7 a.m. shower, eat some breakfast and come on to work.
Q. What famous person would you like to meet, and why?
A. I would love to meet John Wayne. He was a good actor. I would have loved to have met him and be around him.
Q. Favorite hobbies or activity outside work?
A. Just enjoying time with my family.
Q. The most beneficial course I took in school was ...?
A. I love math. Math was a lot of fun, and interesting.
Q. What would be your dream job if you were able to pick a position outside your current career path?
A. I would have loved to be a NASCAR mechanic. It would have been a lot of fun.
Q. Finish this thought: “On the first anniversary of my retirement, I see myself ...”
A. Probably just fishing and hunting. Whatever it took.
Q. Crystal ball time: What’s your call on when the economic recovery for our area will be in full swing?
A. I’m hoping in the next couple
of years Albany will get under
Q. What kind of music might I find on your list of most played on your iPod?
A. I like to listen to Country. It relaxes me. Concentration.
Q. What was the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Why?
A. I just like to vacation in Florida, just to get down there and relax, enjoy the water and enjoy my family.