Your Turn/Ryan Whicker

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 9, 2018 10:20 pm

With Ryan Whicker

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... either a professional baseball player or a veterinarian. I have always been passionate about animals.

What would you rather be doing right now? Playing a round of golf.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I used to race go-karts, and I met Dale Earnhardt at his home in North Carolina.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The day I found out that I passed the CPA exam.

It really stinks when ... people are dishonest and can't take ownership of their mistakes.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Determined.

I always laugh when ... my boys do imitations. They are so animated and over-the-top with every sound and facial expression.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My grandparents. They had a big impact on my childhood, and I miss them immensely.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... unwind by cooking on the grill and playing with my boys in the yard.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... athletic.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Vince Vaughn. We literally ran into each other leaving a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel the world with my family. I enjoy being able to see and experience different cultures.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... stop working. I get bored easily and need to keep busy.

America should be more concerned about ... monitoring young children's technology usage. Children should learn to interact/communicate without the use of electronic devices.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... seafood. I can't even stand the smell of it.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Google. I like to know how things work and how they are made.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My parents have always told me to believe in myself.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Sirius satellite radio. I listen to a little bit of everything.

I always get sentimental when ... I see the ASPCA commercial portraying all the abused/neglected animals.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how short life really is.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... be sure to cherish every moment of high school and college. It went by so fast, and it was some of the best times of my life.

My favorite item of clothing is ... athletic shorts and sweat pants. I love my comfy clothes.

If I've learned anything at all ... to never give up.

Ryan Whicker, 36, is chief of business operations for Quincy Public Schools. Born and raised in Quincy, Whicker is married to wife Amber, a STEM coach at Ellington Elementary School. They have two rambunctious and spunky little boys, Grady, 4, and Nolan, 2.