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Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Robert Frost didn't play golf at Lipscomb University, but he roomed with Will Brewer, an NAIA National Champion in golf and the director of golf for the Bisons and Lady Bisons. Through the years Frost has been a financial supporter of the golf program going back to the days of Dr. Ralph Samples as coach. Frost was honored in September for his support in the development of the new short game facility at Nashville Golf and Athletic. The short game facility has been named in Robert Frost's honor and is known as "The Frosty".
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I attended Lipscomb from 1974-78. I have a degree in business.
"I played basketball for one year under coach Charles Strasburger. I ran track for two years for coach Joey Haines. I ran the half and the quarter miles."
"Why did you decide to provide support to the Lipscomb golf program?
"When I got out of school I started playing golf. I think golf teaches you a lot of values.
"I started helping with coach Samples about 25 years ago giving money for a scholarship for the golf team. When Will got the job as golf coach he contacted me along with Dale Armstrong (senior development counsel), who I have also known for a long time."
"I came to Lipscomb because of a basketball scholarship and then was given a small track scholarship. Coach Haines encouraged me to run and helped me grow.
"Because was able to earn scholarships I felt it was important to help the next generation of athletes have money available for their scholarships."
What was it like to have the short game facility named in your honor?
"It was really an honor. I didn't expect it. It was a little embarrassing and extremely humbling. It was really neat.
"My father, George, played football at MTSU (Middle Tennessee). He has been active trying to help them raise money. He is in their athletic hall of fame. He has been a real good example to me of the need to give back."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I played a year of basketball. Coach Haines was nice enough to help me in track. I had a little bit of success so he put me on a track scholarship.
"I learned a lot of lessons that have helped me along the way."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I always enjoyed chapel. I can still remember some of the best ones. I remember Bill Banowsky (former president of Pepperdine and the University of Oklahoma) who gave a message about dogged persistent. That hit home. I don't know why that message always stood out. When you are in sales being doggedly persistent sure helps some days."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I was lucky. I had good parents.
"But the people at Lipscomb really cared about you - Patty Dugger, Dr. Axel Swang, Brother Wayne Kindall, the dorm supervisor; and Brother Willard Collins.
"People made a huge effort to help us and support us. They didn't turn their backs on you. That stands out to me the most."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I always appreciated Patty Dugger. She really pushed me. She would just say, `I'm not going to accept this work'. She always encouraged me and told me I could do better work.
"I still use what I learned in her Business Report and Letter Writing class. I have to write proposals and do presentations. I am a stickler with being sure everything is right because of her. I do everything I can to present myself professionally because of her.
"Charles Frasier and Dr. Swang were really nice and good to me. I think they truly cared about me. That meant a lot to me.
"My mother, Sue, was a teacher. My father, George, was a teacher until I was 11 or 12 years old. I have an affinity for teachers because of my family background."
Where do you live now?
What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am the President of Frost Specialty, Inc., an independent insurance agency. I sold the business to an agency headquartered in New York in 2010 but I am still involved daily. We deal with the entertainment industry. We insure about 300 musical artists and athletes nationwide.
"We basically insure the tours - all the buses, trucks, lights and sound. A tour is a group of people moving around the country everyday setting up shop and then packing up and going somewhere else the next day.
"We put together a special deal 25 years ago for country and Christian artists. We work with a lot of different artists now. It has been interesting and fun.
"I have gone a lot of places with different artists. And that has been the most special thing because I am included as part of the team."
Tell us about your family.
"My wife, Terri, and I have three daughters, Kristin, Robyn and Anna. We have two grandchildren, Anslee, almost 2, and Rhett who was born last week."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.