Parker County Today June 2017 - Page 91

Bachelor: Austin Kinney Charity: Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter Capital Improvement Fund Chef: Brian Krier of Baker’s Ribs Originally from Washington State, Austin moved to Parker County when he was only six years old with his parents. They came to Texas to establish their own business. He has lived in Weatherford ever since. Austin works for American Barns on weekdays, and Antebellum Ale House on the weekends; both are owned by Austin’s family. For American Barns, who create custom wood-framed horse barns, he works as head foreman. He is in charge of running all the job sites, and making sure everything runs smoothly. At Antebellum’s, he manages and tends bar. Austin is very excited to raise money for the animal shelter because he grew up around animals, and they are a huge part of his life. He participated in FFA when he was younger, and his family has a farm with multiple animals, so raising animals is something he’s always loved to do. “Anything I can do in my life to better the lives of animals is something I want to be involved in,” he said. In the future, Austin hopes to open a ranch to act as a preserve to endangered animals. He hopes to help animals from going extinct. “Raising animals is where my heart is at,” he said. “That’s why I’m doing this.” Besides helping animals, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, who are the most important things in his life. Bachelor: Mark Sneed Charity: CASA Chef: Ruth Hooker of Hooker’s Grill  Weatherford High School alumnus Mark Sneed is a real estate agent for Century 21 Lynch & Associates in Willow Park who has a fervor for coaching kids — that clearly came from his dad, former WHS head football coach Mike Sneed. Mark attended Weatherford College and at age 21 started coaching high school football and baseball at a private school in Houston.  Remembering how time-consuming coaching was for his dad, and after being a coach and living the busy schedule, Mark real- ized that coaching wasn’t something he wanted to do his whole life. He moved back and ended up in the real estate world, after some words of wisdom he received at the age of 13 resonated in his brain.  “I was told that as soon as I graduated high school I needed to get my [real estate] license, because I just love people. When you are told that as a 13-year-old kid, you take it to heart,” he said.  He still coaches summer league, including the Lipan High School varsity baseball team, to keep him connected to sports. He’s passionate about CASA because of the kids. He said he would have loved to have worked with any of the other foundations, but having the chance to work with kids and helping them out is a great thing. In his spare time he loves playing golf and sports, especially football. Most of all, he loves being with his family and friends.  In the future, he plans to become a broker, to stay in Parker County and continue his real estate career.  Continued on page 110 89