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story.lead_photo.caption David Bounds has been living in Kingdom City for the past 15 years and currently works as a loan officer at the Exchange Bank of Missouri in Fulton. Photo by Quinn Wilson / Fulton Sun.

This column serves as a spotlight, highlighting the everyday people who work and live in Callaway County. The Fulton Sun takes a moment with someone who is not usually featured in the news, but is just as instrumental in making our community the strong and beautiful place we all know and love.

David Bounds is a native of southwest Missouri and has been living in Kingdom City for 15 years with his wife and children. Bounds attended college at Missouri State University in Springfield, where he studied agricultural business. He currently works at the Exchange Bank of Missouri in Fulton as a loan officer.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I was a dairy farmer for 15 years around Branson, and at the same time I was a school bus driver in southwest Missouri.

Q. Who most inspires you (living or dead)?

A. My father. He was a person who didn't have a lot of education, but he's one of the smartest people that I've ever known.

Q. What have you done in life that was most fulfilling?

A. I think raising my kids, for sure.

Q. What is something that you are proud of that you have been recognized for?

A. I was the top (agricultural) student at (Missouri State) my senior year.

Q. What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

A. I would like to be a dairy farmer.

Q. What profession would you not like to do?

A. I wouldn't want to be a teacher. I don't think they're recognized or get all of the credit that they deserve. I think it's just a profession that they don't get paid enough, and they don't get the recognition they really deserve.

Q. What is something that nobody knows about you?

A. I run 5Ks and half marathons.

Q. What is your favorite thing about Callaway County?

A. The people. When (my family) came to the area about 20 years ago, we were well received. The people are just very friendly. They're very open to what you might call "implants" to the area