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Your Turn/Will Duryea

Posted: Mar. 9, 2019 7:50 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... just like Indiana Jones, which meant I was going to be an archaeologist.

What would you rather be doing right now? I'd rather be outdoors.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... even though I'm a CPA, I don't know anything about taxes.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? When I became a franchisee.

It really stinks when ... the batteries run out on my headphones, and I'm on an airplane.

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

I always laugh when ... my daughter laughs.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Charles Moka, one of my fraternity brothers who unexpectedly passed away in college. Steve Jobs to see if what's really going on today is what he thought would be going on. Milton Friedman to ask him why he created the national paycheck taxing mechanism that we have today because it hides what people truly pay in taxes.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go to CrossFit. Physical activity takes my mind off of things, plus Andrew and Cope are hilarious and awesome.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a clown.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I'm not sure I agree that famous people are greatness. It's the everyday individuals that have taught me things, and continue to support me, who I consider great. But I did see John C. Reilly in the airport once. He's tall.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... make a special impact on a customer.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... spend it.

America should be more concerned about ... the rising cost of education. I'm expecting a college education at the University of Illinois cost about $250,000 when my daughter attends. The barrier to entry for an education is going to continue to limit our population.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... the internet. I've got plenty of books to read.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... file, security settings, restrict cookies. Don't kid yourself. Every Fortune 500 company knows more about you than you would ever dream.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? You learn more with your mouth shut. (Compliments of my father.)

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... MeatEater podcast with Steven Rinella, or Jocko podcast with Jocko Willink.

I always get sentimental when ... I'm at weddings. It's the beginning of two people's lives and the most powerful bond God created.

The older I get, the more I realize ... people make you happy, not things.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have gotten another degree in mathematics.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my warm jacket. I was hunting in Montana with some friends, and it was -17. When things are that cold, you really understand why warmth is important.

If I've learned anything at all ... Never quit, despite what someone is telling you.

Will Duryea, 34, was born and raised in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School. He attended the University of Illinois where he met his wife, Corinne, and they have a 7-month-old daughter Leni. Duryea moved around a lot after college and ended up back in Quincy where he owns and operates Taco Bell and KFC restaurants. Duryea's hobbies include being outdoors -- hunting, fishing, golfing -- and he says you cannot beat the quality of life in Quincy.