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Personal profile: Larry Bisno

Name: Larry Bisno

Occupation: director of development, Health Services of North Texas


Birth date and place: July 16; Los Angeles

Family: daughters Amy and Melissa and grandchildren Alex, August, Eliza and Elliot (who just qualified for U.S. Junior Olympics)

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: knowing who the beneficiaries are.

My business philosophy is: Make it happen.

If I could, I’d be a: bald eagle.

I’m so sick of: societal insincerity.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Phil Knight, Mahatma Gandhi, Glenn Cunningham and Winston Churchill.

My hobbies are: golfing, playing racquetball, traveling, sky-diving, soaring (planes) and motorcycling.

The last book I read was: The Places in Between by Rory Stewart.

I wish I knew how to: surf.

My worst habit is: being distracted when cooking and having numerous stovetop “camp fires.”

Nobody knows I: ride motorcycles.

The person I most admire is: Mother Teresa.

My guilty pleasure is: cheesecake.

I drive a: Nissan Sentra.

I’d like to be driving a: Formula 1 car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

My favorite restaurant is: Yao Fuzi.

I’m happiest when: wind is in my face.

I regret: not having taken my acceptance to the Air Force Academy.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Set up college funds for my grandchildren.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: having a train station stop near the office.

When I retire, I plan to: keep working part-time and travel internationally.

Community activities: governing board, Music Theatre of Denton; board of directors, Plano Rotary Club; board of directors, Association of Fundraising Professionals; past co-chairman, DFW Philanthropy Conference.