One of my favorite things about living in our region is meeting people and making new friends. The unique twist of living here for my entire life is when I get to meet someone else who has lived here too and figuring out how many friends and/or family members we have in common. I met Cory Martin at a Kingsport Chamber event a year or so ago and the common roots for us run so deep there was an instant kinship. This guy is a solid, dependable family man with honest Christian faith. Take a minute to meet a true Mountain Mover!
BRIAN: Cory, thanks for taking time to do this interview, I know you have been really busy with work but we will get to that. For now, let’s start at the beginning. Tell folks where you grew up and what that time in your life was like.
CORY: I was born and raised in Kingsport. We lived in the Midfields area until I was 12 years old. These were some of the best times of my life. There were several kids in our neighborhood that would get together after school everyday and play. We would play anything from wiffleball, football, basketball, capture the flag, army, etc…it was awesome. The cool thing about it is that we are still a very close group of friends who get together frequently, and now we get to watch our kids play together just as we did.
BRIAN: This area and the people here are truly one of a kind. What is it about this region and these people you love the most?
CORY: I love the people here. I believe that life is all about developing and cultivating relationships. I love being able to go to the grocery store or to the mall and see people from school or church. This area is the perfect size. We have lived in larger cities like Nashville and Houston. Those areas are very nice but there is nothing like home. Plus, we have Pal’s here!
BRIAN: Family is an integral part of our culture here. How important is family to you in your daily life?
CORY: Family is so important. I have an amazing family. My wife, Carrie, and our 2 kids are my life. It’s pretty cool to be able to watch your kids and to see yourself in them. One of my favorite things in the world is being a daddy. I love being a daddy. My mom, dad, and brother are also a very important part of my life. They have influenced me in a lot of ways. Growing up I always wanted to be like my brother. If you met him, you would know why. He is a pretty cool dude. I’ve got a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins also…they are all very special to me. Another thing that I am thankful for are my friends. I feel like I have the best group of friends in the world. They are like family to me.
BRIAN: Religion is deeply engrained in our regional culture and I know God means a lot to you personally. How does your faith impact daily life?
CORY: I was saved when I was 15 years old. Ever since then, I have had the assurance of knowing that when my name is called, I will spend eternity in heaven. That type of peace is hard to explain in just a few sentences. But what I can tell you is that I have had many ups and many downs in this life…but one thing that has remained constant is Jesus’s love for me. He has never given up on me. His love is unconditional. One of the most influential people in my life was my Popaw Dan Lewis. He was a great man of faith. After he passed, I realized what it meant to keep the faith and finish the race.
BRIAN: Last but not least, for those who do not know, you own an award winning business that is growing by leaps and bounds. Tell us about C&C Restoration and how folks can learn more.
CORY: C&C Restoration Inc specializes in the restoration of both residential and commercial buildings that have been damaged by water or flood. 2017 was a great year and we are very thankful for all of the love and support from the community. Also, our team of professional employees is the backbone of what we do and I want to say thank you to them for all of their hard work and dedication. It was a great honor and a special moment to win the KOSBE small business excellence award. I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my family. In 2018, we are looking to grow the business by adding an additional service. We will be encapsulating and sealing crawl spaces.
As far as getting ahold of us, people can call me directly at (423)525-1947 if they have an urgent need regarding water damage.
For more information about our company, please visit our website at www.ccrestorationservices.com