Nickname: I don't think I have a nickname. I've given plenty of them, but I've never really had one. The people in the warehouse call me Doogey, because my last name is Douglas, maybe that's a nickname?
Actually, any other nicknames I can think of would be inappropriate, so let's stick with Doogey.
Chef Status: I don't necessarily like cooking, but I have to do it every night because my wife works nights and we have three kids that are hungry for dinner.
As far as chef status I'd probably say a 6? But that'd be based on my ability to cook just about anything quick and easy for my boys, like spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets... anything that comes out of a box. Okay, I'm definitely not a chef, but I do love grilling!
Favorite Kitchen Tool: A good 14-inch fry pan. I probably use one in the kitchen almost every day!
Favorite Recipe: I love Mexican food. It's one of my favorite things to make. It's funny though, I'm not sure if everyone else would like it, but I know my family does. Kind of like I love my mom's cooking, but who knows who else would really like it. My kids are the same way, they'll eat what my wife and I cook, but that same dish would go uneaten if it was cooked by someone else.
If I had to pick just one favorite recipe, I'd have to say fajitas.
Who, or What Inspires You? My kids inspire me. I love spending time with them and I try to see things the way they do - it's simple, but inspiring to me.
I also enjoy going up to the mountains a lot. We do a lot of mountain activities with the kids, like going camping with our camper. I feel a lot better when I'm in the mountains camping with the kids; in fact, we try to get up there 2 out of 4 weekends a month during the summer.
What Are You Afraid Of? I don't know. I don't really have any fears of things like heights. I understand people being scared of not succeeding, but that's not something I'm afraid of in my career.
One of the biggest things I focus on is my family being taken care of. They're the only reason I do anything now. It's why I work long hours and work hard. I need to make sure that they're fine and feel provided for - that's what I would be afraid of, that they weren't taken care of.
Most People Don't Know This, But I Once... The only thing I can think of worth talking about would be that I used to do a lot of mountain biking. It's been a while now, but I used to do downhill mountain biking upwards of 100 miles per week. I'd go visit the ski areas in the summer and head out to Utah too.
My Story: I'm originally from Illinois, and moved our here right after high school. One of the first places I worked was at a warehouse job, but it wasn't anything special, so I ended up leaving that job and worked with my brother for a short spell as an electrician. That didn't work out that well either.
After not finding anything that really interested me, it was an ad listing in the newspaper that I responded to that landed me here at Tundra. I started as an entry-level puller and packer and worked my way up to different positions in shipping and receiving. There was a point that Tundra started getting more invested in restaurant openings, and I moved over to help manage some of those openings, before eventually moving up to management in the warehouse. Today, I've been here a total of 12 years and have done pretty much every job in the warehouse.
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