September 2022 Featured Employee: Kenny McDonald

September 2022 Featured Employee: Kenny McDonald

September 7, 2022

Kenny McDonald has worked in Fleet Maintenance (also known as the Garage) for almost five years. With a long history of mechanic work that started at the age of 16, Kenny is now a Master Mechanic repairing GUC vehicles and tools. He also performs preventative maintenance on our fleet vehicles.  

Fun fact! Kenny’s first job was at 16. He put together four-wheelers at Christmas for those who purchased them from a Yamaha dealership. 

What are some of your favorite things about your job? I enjoy being a part of a team that keeps our crews going. I like working on the different types of equipment, too. One day I could work on a chainsaw and the next day it could be an excavator. 

What motivates you to work hard? When others are dependent upon me for situations that arise. 

What advice do you offer those who are new to the utility industry? Learn all you can from those around you.  

How would you describe your job to a child? I fix broken trucks. 

What did you want to be when you were younger? A doctor or a lawyer. 

Have you ever had a nickname? I’ve been called Kenny Mac from the day I was born. 

How would your family describe you in a few words? My wife said I was hardworking and dependable. 

What is your proudest career accomplishment? I’m proud every time I fix a car. 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?  Fourth of July. We have a big cookout and fireworks. 

Do you have a favorite family recipe? My wife’s chicken and pastry. 

What would you like us to know about your family? I’ve been married for 16 years to my wife, Brandi, and we’ve lived in Deep Run our whole lives. My son, Adam, just turned 16. We also have a Jack Russell named Jackie. 

Have you traveled to other countries? I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean and, most recently, the Bahamas. 

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? Any billionaire. 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and string beans. 

If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have? It would be cool to fly like Superman. 

What are three items you would take with you on a deserted island? A lounge chair, sunblock, and a cold drink. 

What would you do if you won the lottery? Disappear and travel the world. 

Is there a celebrity you’d like to meet? Joe Rogan. 

What’s your most memorable embarrassing moment? My mom made porkchops one time and I kept telling her it was the best chicken I’d ever had. They still pick on me for that. 

What’s your favorite thing to do when not at work? I like to spend time with my family and friends and try to fish a little.