Cameo: Tim Wilson

BY By Abby Cavenaugh

Developer Tim Wilson says it’s hard to say where his hometown is. He grew up in England moved to South Carolina attended Boston University remaining in Boston for seven or eight years. Now he can say without a doubt that Wrightsville Beach is home. He and his wife Cindy are renovating their home on Island Drive and their first child a son is due any day. While these roots firmly keep him here Wilson spends his free time traveling the country and the world as part of a team of competitive rowers comprised of college buddies from Boston University.

The team which calls itself the Wide Load Boat Club took second place in the Men’s A Eight 1 000-meter sprint in the 33rd annual FISA (Federation International des Societes d’Aviron) World Masters Regatta in September in Princeton N.J. “I think it’s just the way we’re all geared ” he says of his team’s return to competitive rowing after nearly a decade’s absence. “We don’t know how to do it any other way. It’s just natural for us to get back into it.”

How would you describe your day job?

I have a development construction and real estate sales company. My day-to-day is all over the place.

Do you see any connections between that and the rowing you do in your free time?

They’re kind of cheesy connections. With development you hit so many roadblocks. So many people are going to tell you “You can’t do this.” You just basically have to have a will to keep going. And that’s kind of like rowing. It’s a lot of work a lot of hours to get to one event. But really I consider rowing kind of my getaway. That and my wife. Work I’ve got to be able to leave behind at the end of the day and rowing is not that way.

How would you describe competitive rowing in three words?

I wouldn’t even know how to describe it if I had a paragraph. A test of will I guess would be the best way to describe it.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I definitely have the best wife and the child that’s coming is an upcoming achievement. It’s just one of the most ridiculous things that has ever happened that I could be a dad. Scary but it’s great.

When and where are you the happiest?

I have a pretty good life. I love what I do. I’ve got the greatest friends. I love being able to travel. I don’t think I really necessarily have any bad times. I got out of the bad stuff two years ago when I quit working for everyone else.

Is there any talent you’d most like to have?

I’d like to have my wife’s talent for remembering everything. I’m jealous of that.

Is there a quality that you most respect in others?

Above all else honesty and hard work.

Is there anyone that you consider a hero?

I think that there are so many great role models here. It’s hard to pick just one. I think some of the philanthropists here just set a leadership example a new trend.

What are your observations about Wrightsville Beach?

It’s just the chillest coolest place. This is our second year living at Wrightsville Beach but we’ve been coming here a long time.