Donald Wood is a boss’s dream, but he is much too humble to acknowledge he might be special in any way.

 


Donald Wood is a boss’s dream, but he is much too humble to acknowledge he might be special in any way.

 

Wood celebrated his 25-year anniversary at Hardy Murphy Coliseum on Oct. 17. He is one of those rare workers who comes to work early, never complains and is willing to work odd hours if needed.

 

Q. How did you start working at the coliseum?

 

A. “My dad had been working here, and I just started coming by to help him out on some projects,” Wood said. “They saw I’d been a good worker, so they hired me on.”

 

Q. What does your job entail?

 

A. Just about anything that needs to be done — from cleaning out stalls to painting to welding to electrical work,” he said. “I also prepare the grounds for events.”

 

Q. How did you learn everything you need to know?

 

A. “When I first started, I learned by observing,” he said. “The biggest part of it I learned from Ken Bryant, who worked with me. He taught me the finer points of welding and electrical work. He was my mentor.”

 

Q. Does anything stand out in the years you’ve worked at the coliseum?

 

A. “The first time the Lipizzaner Stallions were here,” he said. “They were great.”

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Q. What kind of employee is Donald?

 

A. Donald’s the best,” Coliseum Manager Doug Carpenter said. “He’s here early every day, and he’ll work seven days a week if you need him. He knows everything — where all the electrical and light switches are, how to operate all the equipment and where all the water turnoffs are.

 

“He knows all the customers,” Carpenter continued. “He’s the same every day. When he lands here at Hardy Murphy, he’s all business. I’ve never heard a complaint about him, and he’s never complained to me.”

 

Steve Biehn
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