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Personal profile: Mark E. Hurley

Name: Mark E. Hurley

Occupation: owner and saddle maker, Hurley Saddlery


Birth date and place: Sept. 23; Oak Park, Ill.

Family: wife, Leslie; children, Kristen, 26, Lynsay, 20, Kaylee, 13, and Kelly Shyan, 10; and granddaughter, Kaya Lanae, 5

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: using my skills to make things for people and animals for work and pleasure.

My business philosophy is: to work with customers’ needs and expectations while building their items.

If I could, I’d be a: philanthropist.

I’m so sick of: the direction the government is taking.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Jesus, my wife, the Apostle Paul and Wyatt Earp.

My hobbies are: golf, roping and watching my kids at their sports events.

The last book I read was: Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime in Golf by Harvey Penick and Davis Love III

I wish I knew how to: fly a plane or a helicopter.

My worst habit is: I am a workaholic.

Nobody knows I: would like to be a cowboy in the late 1800s.

The person I most admire is: Apostle Paul.

My guilty pleasure is: steak and lobster.

I drive a: F-250 pickup.

I’d like to be driving a: new pickup truck from James Wood.

My favorite restaurant is: Outback Steakhouse.

I regret: not starting my own business sooner.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Rope for one year in some big way and attend events for fun.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: to put in a lighted par-3 golf course.

Community activities: member of Denton County Cowboy Church; teaching saddlery at North Central Texas College and teaching roping skills to young people.