Restaurants and Frontline Workers Supported by Alumnus and Company

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For Tim Weatherford (’95), the coronavirus pandemic has been an opportunity to join his company in doubling down on commitments to help wherever possible.

“Being a lifelong Tennessean, I want to see our state and local communities thrive in this time of need,” Weatherford said. “It’s just the best time to give back and focus our efforts rather than dwelling on the negatives.”

Weatherford is a president of the Southeast region at Flintco, a construction company with nine offices nationwide. Each office was encouraged to seek opportunities to give back during the crisis, and Weatherford’s region chose to buy meals at local restaurants and give them to essential frontline workers like medical personnel, delivery drivers, and local police.

“Our goal is to provide over 3,500 meals through six different restaurants,” Weatherford said. “People have been overwhelmingly appreciative of this effort, and it’s humbling to be able to do this for them. It feels great, and we’re glad to be able to do it.”

Weatherford and Flintco are in some cases buying up to 800 meals from individual restaurants, helping to subsidize the struggling industry. This revenue stream during a time when take-out and delivery orders are sustaining many restaurants (including alumni-owned ones).

“It’s important that we reach out and make a difference in the communities we live in,” Weatherford said. “When all of this happened we started to think about local groups and how to make a difference.”

Weatherford and Flintco were active in giving before the pandemic happened as well. The company recently created a scholarship endowment for two students annually in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s construction science program.

“We started a scholarship golf tournament that raised over $80,000 in its first year,” Weatherford said. “Our industry partners really got behind it, and we’ll be awarding the first scholarships to students this fall.”

The scholarships are likely to be transformational to the student recipients as many are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic’s economic impact.

Weatherford, who played golf during his time at UT, graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1995 and moved to Memphis for a job with Flintco that year. He resides in Memphis with his wife and two daughters, likes to duck hunt, and follows sports at his alma mater.