Who's who, a portrait of a person in your community

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Name: Dan Cross Age: 58 Occupation: Sales marketing manager for Gladding, McBean Family: Wife, Jean; and sons Matt, 33 and Steve, 30. City of residence: Lincoln How long have you been with Gladding, McBean? “I’ve been here since January of 1994 so 15 years now.” How long have you lived in Lincoln? “I’ve been in Lincoln since October of 2000. I grew up in the Bay Area and I always loved the foothills. We lived in Cool, and as I watched Lincoln maturing, I really liked it.” What are your community involvements? “I’m a board member for the Chamber of Commerce, I served two terms as president of the Chamber and I’m currently chairman of the Planning Commission. I serve on the board of Community Christian Schools here in town and I serve on the board of Wolf Mountain Camps in Grass Valley. My wife and I are also involved in One Life Church and we also do fundraising for the Tour de Lincoln bike race and I ride in it. What drives you to be involved in so many things? “I really believe that if you live in a community and take part in it, serve in it, that you feel like you belong. Lincoln is still a small town. When we’re in downtown, we feel like we’re at home. It’s easy to know people and be known, and that’s what makes it fun.” What are some of your hobbies? “One is volunteering and community involvement. My wife and I like to travel to Hawaii and Mexico and the rest of the United States. In Hawaii, we like the big island and Maui for the snorkeling, and we like Puerto Vallarta and Cabo in Mexico for the beaches and the deep-sea fishing. My son and I also hunt a bit of quail and target shoot.” What is something residents might be surprised to know about you? “Maybe some people who know me don’t know that the most important thing about me, the thing I value the most, is my relationship with Christ. Another thing would be that I spent a day on the set of “The Green Berets” with John Wayne. My buddy’s older brother was Aldo Ray, who played the sergeant.” What are some of your goals for the future? “From a community perspective, it’s important for me to see our 50-year general plan develop the way it was conceived so that it can have the proper balance of commercial and residential. I’m convinced that we can get to 100,000 people and still be the kind of community people want to live in. What are your plans for New Year’s? “I’m going to Mick McCartney’s house. He’s an old Lincoln guy. My wife and I are also going to Buonarotti’s. She did all the murals on the wall in the bar there and we’re going to have dinner before we go to the party.