This one starts at the beginning. When I entered elementary school in Kingsport all those years ago, there were so many kids in our grade named Brian, they called us by our last names. Ladies and gentleman, meet Malone.
BISHOP: First of all, thanks for taking time to do this on short notice. Second, it has been a while since we caught up, but tell folks about growing up here and what that was like from your perspective.
MALONE: I’ve been in Kingsport most all of my life. I did stay a brief stint in Michigan around age 6 before moving back here to live with my Uncle and Aunt in Church Hill until Mom moved back from Michigan. My mom spent most of her life as an amazing single mother, so we moved around; I went to a different elementary school every year K-5. The End of 4th grade is actually when I lived in your neighborhood and we went to Jefferson in 5th. We finally stayed in Highland for 4.5 years, before settling in my grandparent’s old home in Lynn Garden where mom still is today. I have nothing but fond memories of my childhood around Kingsport. Though I do wish I had all the money back I had spent in Rowe’s laundry arcade in those 4.5 years.
BISHOP: It is hard to explain to people who are not from here or haven’t been here for an extended period of time. How would you try to tell someone about this region and the people from here that make them so special?
MALONE: I love Kingsport and all it has to offer. Not many places you can live to have great industrial value and include the great parks, recreation and nature this area has to offer. I am very honored to be part of Leadership Kingsport 2018 class.. #lk18bestclassever… where we learn so much about the great city ,the history of where it came from, and look into the future of where it is headed. We have some great leaders in the city now, our city manager is 2nd to none both professionally and personally. Chamber of commerce staff is 1st class from top to bottom. They all have Kingsport and its people in my mind for its growth. Growing up and still living now in Kingsport along with spending some time in Eastern Hawkins Co has really helped me meet and appreciate a wide diversity of people. This started for me at a young age. I remember Coach Bob Bingham in 8th grade Social Studies use me as an example of being able to hang out with the jocks and cheerleaders before school, doctor’s kids at lunch, and the “smokers and chains” gang after school. Most folks here are very humble and appreciative of one another and what they have. I have learned so many values from traditions here that I am just now learning to cherish.
BISHOP: With both of us being here, we share a lot of the same values. But tell people why is family so important to you every day?
MALONE: As I said above my wife Jennifer and I started off as friends, she became my best friend and now my amazing wife of 2 years and going. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She has very professional job where she is responsible for over 200 people from Chattanooga to Tri Cities, yet is the one that holds us 5 crazies together.. Briana is 15 and a sophomore at Dobyns Bennett, she is an awesome kid, God really blessed me there too. She just got her 2nd job at age 15 at Food City and I couldn’t be more proud of her for the person she is and her love and desire to follow Christ. Jackson is 13 and a strong dual athlete playing football and baseball at Col Heights middle, along with being a straight A student. Isaac is our wild guy, he is 8 and all boy. He keeps us going and laughing constantly. Life would not be nearly as interesting without him. Though we have a blended family, those 3 kids have never had a harsh word between each other (aside from the normal little annoying stuff) and would fight a tiger for each other. We honestly live a great life, we moved to Rock Springs when we got married and love the neighborhood, some of our best friends moved in across the street now as well and it makes life that much better. (and not just because they have a pool). My mom and sisters all live in Kingsport, Jennifer’s family lives in Piney Flats so it’s awesome to have everyone close that we can all get together. I love our family we have made.
BISHOP: Faith is an integral part of the foundation in the region. How does your faith impact you on a daily basis at home, at work, and everywhere else?
MALONE: My mom always kept us in church so I have always been attending somewhere though sadly my retention skills were never strong. As most do I wavered in and strayed away from the Good Lord, He knows momma tried..ha. But Brian really until a few years ago when God gave me a real wakeup call I never pursued him the way I should. My life came crashing down to where I was living with my mom, no job, and not knowing where I would go from there but I had to do something for my daughter and mostly myself. I had a great friend who really helped me search myself, what I had done with my life, and what direction I wanted for my life… Now she’s my wife of 2yrs. We began attending Harvest Community Church downtown and our lives are forever changed by the people we have met and love we have received since being there. Bud Beverly the pastor and his wife Carla are 2 amazing people, they have been so good to us, they put us in a small group with them and those are some of the dearest friends we’ve ever known. Now we try to be very active in the church and support it all we can. We recently were asked to join the Younglife committee board and are getting involved with its ministry in Kingsport with middle and high school students. So God has been really, really good to me personally and professionally.
BISHOP: Final question and your time to shine! Can you tell folks about your work and how they can find out more about what you do when the time is right in their life?
MALONE: I have always been in the “service of people” line of work starting after high school with The US Marines to Sullivan Co EMS, and various law enforcement agencies. Now even in my old age I am busier than I have ever been. A year and half ago I got my real estate license and became an agent with Conservus Real Estate Group downtown. I feel serving people is a calling I was given to continue to pursue and now I get to put people in their first home or dream home and it’s a great opportunity to be blessed with. Through that I began a friendship with Mike Morrison who has Express Title & Closing in Johnson City and Kingsport. He has a rapidly growing business and wanted someone to do his marketing for the business but mainly for his Kingsport office so in August I took that position and am happier than ever. I have met tons of new people, and have learned a ton more about the real estate business during this. Business continues to stay steady even during these “slower” months so I like to think I am doing well. I also joined in with a couple of friends on “Southern Sheds” in Church Hill, we have outdoor wooden sheds, metal carports, and garages. So now I tell people “From the outhouse to the dream house I’m your man”
If I can ever help anyone with a real estate need whether its buying, selling, or closing a purchase and even refinance, or you need a storage building or carport, call me 423-335-2221 or visit www.bmalonehomes.com and www.expresstc.com