In the Easy Chair with Rob Holland

In the Easy Chair with Rob Holland



 AGE: 50.

OCCUPATION: President, Pawcatuck Roofing Co. Inc.; managing partner of The Holland Compaines LLC.; president of the board of trustees of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park.

RESIDENCE: Stonington.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Stonington.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: At work, a very busy construction season and a new investment real estate deal in South Carolina; at the library, overseeing the final renovations of the main entrance and the new coffee shop space.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With my family, playing music, and watching my children, (Jillian, 16, and Justin, 15) in all their various activities.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Supporting my wife, Julie, in all she does for our communities; my children’s academic and musical accomplishments; and my partnership with my brother, Brent, running multiple businesess and seeing Pawcatuck Roofing through its third generation.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being an honest, successful businessman and being genuine, kind and fun.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Recording a hit song or two with my band mates.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A pen.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: My father, Paul Holland.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: John Lennon.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Dean Koontz.

I AM LISTENING TO: Jethro Tull, “Wond’ring Aloud,” and Pink Floyd’s “Wots … Uh The Deal.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW:  “Game of Thrones.”

FAVORITE SONG: Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You.”

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: C.C. O’Brien’s chicken wings.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: YouTube.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: True kindness.

PET PEEVE: Not putting something exactly back where it belongs.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “You can’t always get what you want / but if you try sometime you find / you get what you need.” — The Rollng Stones

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Fall: October and November.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Singing every day and my family.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m the lead singer in a rock ’n’ roll band, called Living the Dream.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “I think you should buy my business.”

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE:  Be kind, be honest, try harder, you can do it.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Erase the stress and worries of debt for everyone in the world.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Have a drink with my family and get a good night’s sleep.

I DRIVE A: On duty; a green 2005 Chevy Trail Blazer. Off duty, one of several different British-made autos … also green.

I WISH I DROVE A: Royal Bristish army green Land Rover Defender 110.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Gala apples and Bud Light.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Jesus Christ. 

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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