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Q&A with Dan Harley: Technologically inclined

February 12, 2013

Dan Harley Jr. says his story sounds more like one of someone who lives in the Silicone Valley rather than Apple Valley. His roots were planted in Apple Valley by his dad when Dan Harley Sr. transferred to George Air Force Base and bought a house in Apple Valley. Dan Harley Sr. served his tour of duty in Vietnam and returned in late 1965 with a new wife. Dan Harley Jr. was born around nine months later at St. Mary Medical Center.

Thanks to his technology wizard father, Dan Harley Jr. was immersed in technology all his life. In 1977, his dad brought home one of the first Apple II computers ever made, sparking Dan Harley Jr.’s lifelong passion for computers and programming. Dan Harley Jr. spent countless hours watching TVs being fixed at the family’s TV repair shop in Victorville, which he would end up operating at 16 while still in high school.

The family’s business ventures grew into industrial computer manufacturing, where Dan Harley Jr. would do his part in designing and manufacturing computerized control systems for water utilities. Being constantly in front of technology put him in the path of the early stages of the Internet. He opened an Internet consulting business on the side which turned into his mainstream business.

He is also an avid horseman. Growing up on a ranch near Deep Creek in Apple Valley, he’s been around animals most all his life. After living the “beach bum” life in San Diego during college, he returned to Apple Valley and didn’t realized how much he missed being around horses until he got back into riding again.

Dan Harley Jr. had up to eight horses at one time, mostly acquired from friends who couldn’t take care of theirs anymore. Now, he has just one quarter horse mare, and can often be seen riding through Apple Valley and the Mojave River.

Today, he spreads his time with his wife and Danny III while providing Internet marketing services for clients around the world. He also does domain name brokering, affiliate marketing and has an Internet radio show every Tuesday night appropriately called “Technology Tuesday.” Dan is also working on a new venture to export American made water equipment into Southeast Asia.

Q: Why did you move to Apple Valley?
A: Dad transferred to GAFB in 1963 after winning a bet to go to California. Dad brought Mom back to Apple Valley after his tour of duty in Vietnam. I was born at St. Mary Medical Center about nine months later.

Q: What is your passion?
A: To help as many people as I possibly can. To learn as much as I can. To continue exploring cutting edge technology and finding ways to make it useful.

Q: Describe a special memory you have of Apple Valley.
A: Flying with my dad from the old Apple Valley Airport to the new airport. Also, flying with my dad while he was doing radio checkouts when he had the AvComm shop at the new Apple Valley Airport.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
A: I’ve been afraid of riding dirt bikes after crashing into a Joshua tree when I was 13 years old. I’m an avid horseman, which I took up in place of motocross riding.

Q: What is the ultimate issue facing the United States, and what’s your take on it?
A: The polarization of the two major political parties has created more problems while solving few. Both sides seemingly refuse to compromise and continue to polarize the rest of the country. I feel the polarization will ultimately destroy this country if current trends continue.

Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why? What would you ask them?
A: Ron Paul. I admire his character. I’d ask him, “What kind of beer do you drink?”

Q: Where do you get your values from?
A: Mom, Dad and my grandpa Nguyen. Mom and Dad for their work ethic. Mom for her commitment to keep the family together. Dad for his intelligence. Grandpa Nguyen was a Buddhist Monk and a whole book could be written about his virtues.

Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: Airplane. It is the funniest movie ever made.

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about Apple Valley.
A: All the friends I have from here. I have numerous friends. Many have known me for decades and live or lived here.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: I get to solve problems and help people make a lot of money.

Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: Appreciating what I have after seeing so many who have much less.

Q: What are the charities that are close to your heart and why?
A: Rotary International. It continues to amaze me to watch and participate in Rotary projects that change the world for the better. Being associated with other Rotarians locally and worldwide who have the same outlook for the world is an incredible feeling and is humbling.

Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Riding my trusty steed, Holly, as fast we can go in the Mojave riverbed (while avoiding Joshua trees).

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Operating a successful international import/export business which my mom and I recently started, continuing in a technology related field, traveling the world and very likely still living in Apple Valley.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say, anything you’d like to get off your chest?
A: I believe the staff is doing a wonderful job with the Apple Valley Review.

Q: How can readers get a hold of you?
A: Email: danharley@primeconcepts.net. Websites: PrimeConcepts.net, danharleyjr.com. Phone: (760) 247-4814. Facebook: facebook.com/mojavedan. Twitter: twitter.com/mojavedan.

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