Forty under 40 Q&A: Kyle K. Cook

(Photos by Amy Martin)

Kyle K. Cook, 34

Partner, Hannis T. Bourgeois

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

  1. Passing CPA exam and becoming a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional.
  2. Has played a key role in firm’s growth strategy, recruiting talent and serving as a developmental advisor.
  3. Serves on Louisiana Associated General Contractor Future Leader Council.
  4. Board member of South Central Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association and member of CFMA’s national membership committee.

COMMUNITY:

A Forum 35 member who volunteers at Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Habitat for Humanity and various local schools.

NAME ONE BOOK THAT HAS INSPIRED YOU PROFESSIONALLY

Getting Naked, by Patrick Lencioni.

WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?

Professional baseball player.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB, HOW OLD WERE YOU AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT?

16, cleaning newly constructed homes; learned hard work and responsibility.

WHAT IS THE STRANGEST JOB YOU’VE EVER HAD?

Counting pallets of beer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH IN BATON ROUGE, AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH THERE?

Albasha—chicken shawarma plate with no rice and extra salad.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

My wife and three kids.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST FULFILLING MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

Becoming partner at the firm.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PRODUCTIVITY HACK?

Closing email.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THE HARD WAY?

At the end of the day, only you are responsible for yourself.

HOW DO YOU TYPICALLY DRESS FOR WORK: CASUAL? PROFESSIONAL? BUSINESS CASUAL? OTHER?

Business casual.

WHY PART OF YOUR JOB DO YOU LOVE? WHAT PART DO YOU HATE?

Love the people that I work with at the firm; hate the unrealistic deadlines.

WHAT IS THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN FROM A COLLEAGUE OR BOSS?

Acknowledgement of hard work.

MAC OR PC?

PC.

ARE YOU ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA? IF SO, ON WHICH PLATFORMS ARE YOU MOST ACTIVE?

Twitter.

HOW MANY TEXTS DO YOU SEND ON AN AVERAGE DAY? HOW MANY EMAILS?

25 texts per day, 30 emails per day.

HOW LOW WILL YOU ALLOW YOUR REMAINING PHONE OR COMPUTER BATTERY LIFE GET (IN %) BEFORE YOU HAVE AN ANXIETY ATTACK?

10%.

HOW MANY UNREAD MESSAGES ARE IN YOUR INBOX RIGHT NOW?

Zero.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE APP AT THE MOMENT?

Venmo.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT OF THE PAST DECADE?

Cell phone.

WHAT TIME DO YOU GET UP ON WORKDAY MORNINGS?

6:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST AT HOME? BREAKFAST ON THE GO? BREAKFAST AT YOUR DESK? NO BREAKFAST AT ALL?

On the go.

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE “GROWN UP?”

I still struggle with this.

WHAT WAS THE BEST VACATION YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN?

Trip to the Dominican Republic with my wife.

FAVORITE GIFT YOU WERE GIVEN AS A CHILD?

Set of golf clubs.

WHICH TALENT OR SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE AND WHY?

Flight—the ease of travel.

WHAT’S A NICKNAME YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE FOR YOU?

Bulldog.

WHAT ARE YOU SUPERSTITIOUS ABOUT?

Sports.

FAVORITE DRINK?

Lemon Lime Gatorade.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BAND OR SONG?

Hootie and The Blowfish

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR 18-YEAR-OLD SELF?

Time goes by fast, live in the moment!

HOBBIES?

Golf, LSU football, and family.

TELL US ABOUT A MOMENT THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE.

Tearing my ACL in college football for Mississippi College; this is where my wife and I’s relationship started.

WHAT’S THE NEXT BIG PERSONAL OR CAREER CHALLENGE YOU PLAN TO TAKE ON?

I am looking forward to working with the next young leader within our YoPreaux group—a group which focuses on developing ambitious goals for young professionals in our firm, professional development, community service, networking and business development. I am excited to help this group continue to grow and thrive, and see what new events and opportunities they will introduce, while adding new flavor to our traditional events.

WHAT CONCERNS YOU MOST ABOUT THE FUTURE?

Artificial Intelligence.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE FORTY UNDER 40 HONOREES?

Hard work and dedication pays off.

DO YOU PLAN TO BE IN THE CAPITAL REGION FIVE YEARS FROM NOW? WHY OR WHY NOT?

Yes, because of the culture.

IF NAMED KING FOR A DAY, WHAT IS ONE CHANGE YOU WOULD MAKE IN BATON ROUGE?

Build a loop!

DO YOU HAVE A BUCKET LIST? IF SO, WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS ON IT?

  • Go to Wrigley Field
  • Travel to Napa Valley
  • Travel to Scotland and play St. Andrews

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