Name: Carl A. Joiner
Occupation: President/CEO – Joiner Partnership, Inc. – Architects and mayor of Kemah
Hometown: Lakin, Kansas
Current Home: Kemah
Family: I have been married to my wife Colene for 40 years. We have a daughter, Merika, and a son, Chad. They both live an hour away in Atascocita. Our 9 grandchildren range in age from 4 to 18. This includes a set of triplets! These grandchildren are the light of our lives.
My favorite writer is: The late Zig Ziglar.
Someone I’d like to meet: The royal family, including William and Kate.
If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: I am happy where I am at in life, so I don’t really have a desire to switch.
My favorite performers are: The Beatles.
I like to spend my leisure time: Spending time with family and friends, playing with the grandchildren, and boating.
If I could travel to any place, I’d go to: I had always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal. As an architect people are always telling me “do not give me the Taj Mahal.” Colene and I made a trip to India about two years ago. Mark that one off the bucket list. I do like to travel the world, and Colene and I try to take a trip overseas once a year.
My favorite meal is: Lunch at the Flying Dutchman, so I can have their terrific homemade potato chips!
As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A farmer like my Dad. My Dad did not think the family farm would support two families, so he told me I had other talents and I should use them. He wanted me to pursue being an architect – so off I went to the University of Kansas, where I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree.
You’ll never catch me: On Facebook or Twitter. I am not one to easily change.
The thing that bugs me most is: Negative people.
My favorite movie is: Tommy Boy. It is always great for a lot of laughs.
Few people know: I went to a two-room country school house grades one through eight. My teacher in the 7th grade thought I should be an architect – so here I am!