How did you come to live in Phenix City?
In April of 2004, military orders to the 988th Military Police Company, Fort Benning, brought my family and me to the Chattahoochee Valley area. After much consideration and contemplation concerning my impending retirement from the Army, we decided to make Phenix City home.
You are a veteran. What is the most important thing you learned in the Army?
Over the stint of a 23-year military career, there are of course a plethora of lessons learned and it's an extremely arduous task to attempt to categorize them, but one overwhelming concept that has proven to be invaluable in every assignment I've held is that, in order for a unit, or any organization for that matter, to be successful, it must adopt as its No. 1 priority the preservation of its most indispensable resource: personnel. Any organization that does not promote the health, welfare, equitable treatment and retention of its personnel is destined for failure.
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What is the best part about managing a bike shop?
The highlight of managing Ride On Bikes is being employed by and working alongside people who are genuinely concerned with and believe in the products being presented to the Valley community. At Ride On, selling products is not the only focus, but also our attempt is to promote a lifestyle, one which encourages healthy habits and encompasses family-oriented activities that are inclusive of every age level.
Bike shop manager is a non-traditional job for a veteran. What advice would you give someone coming out of the military today and looking for a second career?
Classifying a job as traditional or non traditional as it relates to veterans is impossible because throughout a military career, whether it's for two years or 20 years, veterans become adept at applying a myriad of skills that transcends military ranks and are applicable in civilian society. My advice to a veteran in search of a second career would be to always acknowledge God in your endeavors. Do something that will allow you to display the skills you acquired while serving, something that will impact your community, and more importantly, do something you love doing.
What is the best kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
Honestly, I don't think there are any secrets in the Valley and if there is, it won't be a secret very long. This community does such an exceptional job of marketing, publicizing and promoting itself, its current and future activities and lifestyles, that someone would have to have their head in the sand not to notice all that the Chattahoochee Valley offers.
Darryl B. McClary
Job: Sales manager at Ride On Bikes in downtown Columbus
Hometown: Salters, S.C.
Current home: Phenix City
Family: Wife, Stacey L. McClary; daughters, Dyamond McClary, 21, and Madison McClary, 6.
Education: University of Maryland, bachelor's of science in criminal justice
Favorite book: "Who Moved My Cheese," Dr. Spencer Johnson
Favorite movie: "The Color Purple"
Favorite restaurant: The Loft
Favorite quote: "Manners will take you places where money never could." -- Alcess McClary, grandmother
Best concert attended: Yolanda Adams