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Personal Profile: John "Sparky" Pearson

Name: John “Sparky” Pearson

Occupation: Co-founder of LSA Burger Co. and owner of Elk River Investments

Website: www.lsaburger.com

Birth date and place: Sept. 11; Stillwater, Okla.

Family: Wife, Carrie; daughter, Katelynn, 18; sons, Will, 12, and Grant, 10

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: being creative.

My business philosophy is: adopted from Zig Ziglar: “You can have anything in life you want if you’ll help enough other people get what they want.”

If I could, I’d be a: governor of Texas

I’m so sick of: can’t-do attitudes!

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Abraham Lincoln, Ellen Degeneres, Willie Nelson and Tom Hanks.

My hobbies are: snow skiing, poker, golf, archery and airsoft in the backyard.

The last book I read was: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.

I wish I knew how to: speak Spanish fluently.

My worst habit is: telling too many stories.

Nobody knows I: created a character for each of my children and took them on adventures to unknown lands.

The person I most admire is: Roger Staubach.

I drive a: Toyota FJ Cruiser.

I’d like to be driving a: VW Bus.

I regret: not using sunscreen as a child.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Go snow skiing in New Zealand for the Fourth of July!

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: Campus Theatre sign would be lit every night.

When I retire, I plan to: travel to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, ride my bike and take cooking classes.

Community activities: Denton Chamber of Commerce and Denton Main Street Association