People@Work — PJ Gay
NAME: Paul B. Gay Jr. (PJ)
FAMILY: Laura (wife), Mary Beth Bradberry (married daughter), Michelle Gay (engaged daughter), Shelby Davis (stepdaughter), Callie Davis (stepdaughter)
POSITION: President, Paul Gay Insurance & Investments
What are five most frequently-played songs on your iPod playlist? No iPod. I’m a radio guy who listens to Oldies, Country/Western and talk radio.
What is your favorite movie? All the Jason Bourne films with Matt Damon. And any movie with Sandra Bullock in it!
What is your favorite book? Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I’ve every book that Ayn Rand has written.
Is there a hobby you can’t live without? Exercise and golf.
Is there an item or collectible you hold dear? I have an old guitar that I bought when I was age 15 that’s special, and I have a bunch of old photos of my sports teammates which are great.
Where would someone be most likely to find you on a Saturday night? I like going out to dinner with my wife on Saturday nights.
What was your dream job when you were a child? My summer job when I was a junior and senior in high school was a camp counselor at a youth sports camp at Fort Bragg. I loved that job!
What are some of your favorite things? My favorite things have become more laid back over the years. I’m pretty good at reading a book on the beach, and an expert at sitting next to a warm chiminea fire in the backyard on a chilly evening.
What would be your last meal? Chicken at the Dairy Bar.
Who would be your ideal dinner guests? (Name three, living or dead): It would be lunch with my Dad, and two brothers (Doug and Joe) followed up with a 1:00 tee time at Tobacco Road Golf Course.
What is something interesting most people don’t know about you? I have a .500 lifetime batting average against the New York Yankees! (We played the Yankees in an exhibition game when I was at UNC, and I went 2-for-4 in that game.)
Ideal vacation spot: Any beach will do!
Favorite professional sports team: I consider myself a high school and college fan. But, I like the Carolina Panthers, too.
If you were given $5,000 to donate to a non-profit organization, which would you pick? The Sanford Sting football program.
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had? Torn knee cartilage and ligament while playing football in college.
Ever had a brush with celebrity? Wife Laura and I had lunch with UNC Coach Larry Fedora last Saturday.
What would you like to know about the future? I’m a little worried about the political divide in our country, and what direction our country will take. I’d like to know what the United States will look like in 25 years.
What’s your favorite website? Tarheelblue.com
Would you go bungee jumping or skydiving? I don’t engage in dangerous activities.
Any fears or phobias? I don’t like heights, and snakes.
Ever been outside the United States? For the most part, I limit my tourism to NC and SC.
Favorite kind of cookie? My mom’s chocolate chip cookies and her Christmas cookies. She is the best, and her cookies are the best!
Favorite season? One must understand my family and how I grew up to answer this question. Some like the fall, some the spring, others winter and summer. But in our family, there is only one season: football season.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to tell someone? You have been terminated from the company.
Which actor would portray you in a movie about your life? I asked my children this question. They said, “Goofy.”
What’s your usual wake-up time in the morning? 6 a.m.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing better. I wish I could putt a golf ball better.
What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up? “Wild Wild West.”
Favorite band or musical artist? My favorite band of all time is the “Counting Crows.” But I’ve switched to Country/Western as I’ve grown older, and I like Zac Brown Band a lot.
To keep the stars on the flag nice and even, which state should be traded for Puerto Rico? I wouldn’t change a thing.
What’s your cell phone ringtone? Ding, ding, ding.
Favorite dessert? Ice cream.
Who’s your best friend and why? I am fortunate to have many friends and I cherish them all. But my best friend is my wife, Laura. We have a lot in common, she gives 110 percent at everything she does, and she is fun to be with!
If you could go back in time and change one historic event, what would it be? “911.” We have a tense relationship with the Middle East, and it’s only gotten worse since then.
What’s your favorite condiment? Honey mustard sauce.
Do you have bumper stickers of any kind on your car? A “UNC” sticker.
If you could never hear the music of one musical artist ever again, which would it be? I don’t listen to music that I don’t like.
If you could create one rule that all society had to live by, what would it be? Back in earlier days, I would hear people say, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” But one is not allowed to say things like that anymore.
How do you define success? Finding happiness and peace from within.
Ever wondered why Kamikaze pilots wore helmets? Maybe a “dunce cap” would be more appropriate?
Hamburger or pizza? Both, plus ice cream.
Describe your life philosophy in six words or less: 1) be prepared, 2) be consistent, 3) be honest, 4) exercise, 5) be a team player, 6) go to church.