Name: Robert W. Kuhn, Jr.
Title: President & CEO
Company: Capstone Bank
Current city of residence? Northport
Family? Lynda- Spouse; Daughter Anna Katelyn, 13
What is your educational background? Tuscaloosa High School Black Bears, Associate Degree- Alexander City State Junior College, Bachelor of Science- University of Alabama- Birmingham, Finance and Investment Management Commercial Lending Graduate School- University of Oklahoma
Where did you grow up? Tuscaloosa. Much has changed, but it is still the same – a great place to grow up and to raise a family. Such a vibrant environment today!
What was your first job? I was a Golf Shop “Bag Boy” at Tuscaloosa Country Club, and I worked at McDonalds in Alberta City. I loved the day I got promoted from cashier to flipping burgers on the grill!
Why did you choose your profession? Well, I think it chose me. After a brief stint as a professional golfer, I realized I needed to find a “real job” if I was going to make a living. A very kind man in the banking industry needed a collection officer and provided me an opportunity as the bank’s “repo man.” From there, my career was born!
In 10 years you’ll be..? At retirement age, but probably needing two jobs to recoup those prior 10 years of supporting a wonderful daughter! College tuition (maybe); wedding (maybe) clothes, shoes, etc.
What is the first thing you do when you get to the office? Grab some caffeine (Diet Mountain Dew) and check my never ending emails (a necessary evil).
What is a hot topic in your industry? Compliance (too much government oversight), fraud (too many crooks) and consolidation (our industry is shrinking in the number of banks).
What’s the most influential book you’ve read, and how did it influence your career? My favorite books revolve around the game of golf, most notably Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. The experiences growing up around golf and the messages of these great golfers always stress character, honor and honesty. Most of the influences in my career have come from individuals, their experiences, guidance, and encouragement. I am motivated by stories of their struggles and hard work.
Number one item on your bucket list? You know, I really don’t have a bucket list. Boring, I know, but I enjoy my life every day. I have been very blessed with a wonderful family, great friends, many life experiences and an opportunity to make a living. Growing old with my wife and together raising our daughter in a fashion that she can be the best she can be, are most important to me.
What’s the first website you check in the morning? I still love to get my news from the newspaper. Something about carving out that time with the paper in your hands, and washing the ink off afterwards. I could literally go a few days without visiting a “website.” However, I must admit, that I recently (and reluctantly) joined Facebook (it is addictive!), and I do log in at some point each day.
If you had to choose another career what would it be? Anything outdoors. Maybe a farmer? The therapy of bush hogging on a tractor can’t be matched!
What’s your guiding business principle? Simply treat others as you would want them to treat you.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? In life: Treat others as you would want them to treat you.
In business: “You must construct your own network of reliable sources to deal with people and businesses you don’t know.” That is a quote from my mentor.
What keeps you up at night? Absolutely not one thing.
What’s your hidden talent? I like to play the spoons. I once sat in with a bluegrass band. Unfortunately, I didn’t know when to quit beating those spoons. I thought you just played them all the way through the song – wrong!
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Bento (my favorite sushi) and Kozy’s for the food and atmosphere.
What’s your favorite local or professional sports team? Growing up in Tuscaloosa it’s a way of life: Roll Tide!!!
Address: 2301 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401