Parker County Today January 2018 - Page 76

Continued from page 50 Pat Fallon 74 Pat is the president and chief executive officer of Prosper- based Virtus Apparel. The company has more than a dozen national locations and more than 100 employees. Pat earned his bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame. There, Fallon played varsity football under Coach Lou Holtz and was a member of the 1988 national champion- ship team. While there, he also started a T-shirt busi- ness and was a cadet in the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the United States Air Force. Subsequently, he served as a second lieutenant for four years, during which he received the Air Force Achievement Medal. Pat is a Texas State Representative, (R-Frisco), who is challenging state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls. Why? “They desperately want some- body new,” Fallon said of constituents in Senate District 30 (Parker County’s district), represented by Estes since 2001. “It’s been 16 years — it’s going to be 18 years. They want a change. They don’t see him around.” Lately, Pat has spent a lot of his time in Parker County charm- ing the un-charm-able. What does Fallon mean to Parker County? What does Parker County mean to Fallon? PCT: How did you choose your current occupation? PF: When Obama won the presiden- cy in 2008, I was upset that someone that was so unqualified just won the highest, most powerful position in the world. I was ranting and my wife said, “Why don’t you do something about it.” So I did. I ran for city coun- cil of Frisco and won. There were four candidates and I won. There was no runoff. PCT: What is your favorite novel? PF: Gates of Fire by Steven Presfield. PCT: What do you do to decompress? PF: During a campaign, I campaign harder. Otherwise, I spend time with my family or I workout. PCT: What is something most people don’t know about you? PF: That I ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, start- ing in Antarctica and ended with Australia (in Sidney). I’m the only person that ever ran his first marathon in Antarctica. There were 15 people and we all survived. We ran in The World’s Greatest Endurance Test — The World Marathon Challenge. It was to benefit a little boy named Jonny Wade, who was suffering from a rare form of brain cancer. We also ran to bring awareness to the disease. Now Chris Devero, who lives in Aledo is preparing to run in the upcoming World Marathon. Chris is a brain cancer survivor himself. In Feb. of 2018, he plans to run in the same marathon. We’re buddies and he and his wife Katy are big supporters. Chris is now wearing the same bracelet I wore when I ran. PCT: What would you most like to be remembered for? PF: For accepting the fact that there are things that are greater than any one person and for loving my neigh- bor. PCT: You’re a native of Massachusetts. Right? How did you end up in Texas? PF: I was born in Pittsfield, Mass. When I was in the Air Force, at Sheppard in Wichita Falls, the woman in Processing asked me which state I would like to claim resi- dency in. I said, “Massachusetts.” She said, “FYI, Massachusetts has a 9.5 state income tax. Texas doesn’t have a state income tax.” I claimed Texas as my home state. I’ve been a Texan since that day. PCT: If you could have lunch with someone, living or dead in history, who it would be? PF: Besides Jesus? Winston Churchill because he would be happy to speak the entire time and I would be happy to listen the entire time. PCT: If you had to do another job other than what you’re doing, what would you do? PF: I’d be a radio talk show host or play left field for the Boston Red Socks. PCT: Why are you interested in Parker County? PF: I’ve visited Parker County 50 times, in the past few months. When I was doing my 12 th event on a Friday afternoon at 5:00. I arrived to see 65 people there to see me. It was hard for me to keep my emotions in check. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with Parker County. I’d love to be a great official advocate for it. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever? PF: To wake up in Parker County … and it can’t get any better. PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give? PF: Never forget who you work for. PCT: What is the coolest thing you have ever done in your life? PF: I was on a national championship football team for Coach Lou Holtz at Notre Dame.