Style File: Andy Dinkin

Andy Dinkin, 44, was a three-year football letterman and an ACC Academic Honor Roll member at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduation, Dinkin moved to Charlotte. “I figured whatever cachet I had from the Tar Heel football experience, I’d use it. It was and is a very good conversation starter,” he says. Dinkin is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Commercial Meca, a motivational speaker and an entrepreneur. He and his wife, Leslie, have two children, Drew and Jayme.

Q. Do you remember your first suit?

A. My first suit was my bar mitzvah suit that I bought at Syms. I miss Sy and Marcy. Remember the slogan “An Educated Consumer Is Our Best Customer”?

Q. How does your style help you in your profession?

A. My prevailing style is to keep my weight down... I don’t care what the clothes are, I’m not going to look good in them if I’m 280 pounds. My best fashion statement is to keep myself in reasonably good shape.

Q. Were you required to maintain that weight for football?

A. I was 240 pounds when I left high school. It was evident to me I was going to have to get bigger. My college roommate was Kevin Donnelly, and we used to go to a place called Hunam in Chapel Hill, so it was right from the weight room to the Chinese buffet.

Q. What do you hope your style says about you?

A. I don’t want it to say anything about me. I want my words and actions to speak for themselves. I want it to be neutral. I don’t want my style to be a distraction either way.

Q. What do you wear to a speaking engagement?

A. I like sport coats more than a suit. I like solids and dress them up with shirts with colors. I like a lot of purples and pinks and blues. And I tend to prefer dark gray over black.

Q. Where do you shop?

A. I get a lot of my stuff at Jos. A. Bank. I like to look for deals at T.J. Maxx. If I want to treat myself I visit my friend John Simon at Paul Simon.

Q. What jeans do you wear?

A. Levi’s.

Q. Describe your look in three words.

A. Ready to roll.

Q. If you could buy a work by any artist who would it be?

A. Paul Rousso is a friend. His stuff is funky and cool. We buy original art from a friend named Cassie Martucci, who’s out of Wilmington.

Q. Where do you shop for shoes and what do you look for?

A. Either Zappos or Nordstrom. Comfort, for my back and knees from my old sports days. My best shoes are Mephisto. It does pay to spend more on shoes.

Q. What sort of bag do you carry?

A. I carry a Swiss Army computer bag. That’s something I’d spend more for and did, because it takes a beating.

Q. What’s the latest on your iPod?

A. I listen to a lot of Bruce Springsteen. I have 27 shows under my belt. I enrolled in Automobile University, which means I’ve continued to teach myself after college. I’m listening for probably the 10th time to “The Ultimate Sales Machine,” by Chet Holmes. I vowed to listen to nothing but that in my car for the foreseeable future.