In “Off Duty,” the Smithfield Herald asks community leaders about their interests – what they’re reading, what they’re listening to, what they’re watching.
Sherry Pinney-Phillips is executive officer of the Johnston County Building Industry Association. The nonprofit, she said, acts as “the voice of the construction industry,” watching for local, state and national legislation that could affect the building industry. It has 279 members.
Pinney-Phillips, who moved to Smithfield in 1991, graduated from high school in 1983 in New York. She worked previously for Re/Max Southland Realty and even owned a gym, Lookin’ Good in Smithfield, for four years.
Pinney-Phillips lives in Smithfield with her husband, Wayne Phillips, the service manager for Johnson’s Tire & Auto. They share a house with her brother and sister-in-law and their 1-year-old nephew, whom she adores.
What are your hobbies? Riding my motorcycle, surfing the web, shopping.
What music have you been listening to lately? Country. It keeps me grounded.
What books are you currently reading? If I could stay awake long enough to read, I would.
What is your favorite television show? “Big Bang Theory.” I love to laugh, and it’s amazing how they remember some of their lines.
If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would you dine with? Leigh Whannell, writer of the “Saw” movies. I would love to know where he gets his inspiration to write such crazy things. Rick Warren. Is he a Christian or a writer or both? The third would be my dad. There are so many things I want to tell him. He passed away unexpectedly three years ago.
Describe a perfect day. Sun shining, people smiling, children playing, families happy.
What is the most fascinating place you’ve been to? Las Vegas. The diversity of people, the constant activity, the amount of money that flows through that one town is incredible.
What is the one food you can’t resist? Cake.
If you had to perform in a talent show, what would your talent be? My talent would be singing. My family is very musical and encouraging. Once upon a time I used to be in a band. I certainly develop my talent driving down the road singing to myself.
What is something that some may be surprised to know about you? I am a gun enthusiast.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? The inability to say no. If I could say no, I would probably lose weight. I would also stop volunteering for everything.
What is your most embarrassing moment? I have many. The funniest was being asked by a waiter at a restaurant if I wanted soup or salad. I asked, “What’s a super salad?” Still laugh about that today.