To know Bryant Douglas is to laugh at every other word he says.
Bryant can also fix just about anything. As any farmer knows, broken equipment is as common as a meal, and fixing things on the fly is the name of the game. Over my lifetime, I have watched Bryant deliver calves, wrestle with sheep, and fix broken tractors all in a day’s work.
He came to work for Kengro 4 days after graduating from Mississippi State University in Agricultural Economics. He and a friend graduated in the same year and were both offered jobs back in their hometown of Charleston. Bryant was initially assigned to the other company, and his friend, Kengro. Bryant decided that he didn’t want to sit at a desk all day.
They switched jobs, and Bryant ended up at what would become Kengro. Bryant says that at the time, “all we had was a Bobcat and a tractor grinder.”
When asked what the hardest part of his job is, Bryant responded: “putting up with these damn Brasher’s.” If you know a Brasher, you’d probably nod your head and agree on that one. The most rewarding part of his day is being able to do things that no one else is doing, like making a sales call one second and putting out a warehouse fire the next.
Bryant has been with Kengro since before it had a name, and has been as integral in its growth as anyone else in the company.
Bryant, thank you for your 25 years at Kengro. They have been full of laughter, hard work, and a lot of broken parts. Here's to many more afternoons of sitting under the Wisdom Tree with a Bud Light after a long day's hard work.
This post was written by Alexandra Brasher.