Interview by Abernathy Cochran intern Grady Vardeman
Meet Dallas Gay! Dallas is the owner of Protein Products on Green Street, and just one of the friendly faces here in Hall County. If you can’t find Dallas during the day, that probably means he’s somewhere outdoors fishing or even on a different side of the country.
We want to thank Dallas for spending time with us and sharing his love of Hall County.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “That’s a long history of taking opportunities as they come, so I’ve had around five or six careers.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County, and what do you love there?
A: “I’d have to say Luna’s and their fish dishes.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County?
A: “I’ve lived in Hall County now for 46 years, but my hometown is Chamblee, Ga.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “Outside of the country, I would have to say New Zealand, but inside the country, I would say anywhere out West like Montana or the Rockies. If it has good fishing, wine, and people I’ll be there.”
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “’The Hunt for Red October’ I’ve seen that movie around eight or nine times now.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Decide what you want to do and do whatever it takes to do it.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I have a big running list that mostly includes travel, but that also includes small stuff such as organizing my photos. I’d like to go see Alaska and Europe some more, but the biggest thing I want to do is get a motor home and go out West. I’ve almost convinced my partner to go along with me, so we’re getting there on knocking that one-off.”
Q: What is your favorite music or three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Country is the favorite, Alabama is my favorite of all time. The Eagles, Brad Paisley, and Garth Brooks are up on that list, too.”
Q: What current or former local business makes you most nostalgic about Hall County?
A: “Homegrown businesses are the ones that pop out at me. So, Wilheit Packaging being a successful business and in its third generation, really makes me think of Hall County.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Hall County?
A: “The number of successful businesses and the way people put back into the community as much as they put in. I think that’s something you can’t see a lot of places, so it’s truly special to have it in our community.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five to 10 years?
A: “Two Words. Montana and retired.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you? (Even for Friends and Family)
A: “I love the outdoors and to fly fish. One thing that nearly nobody knows is that I know how to computer program.”
Q: What three words or phrases that come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Comfort, security, and familiarity.”