Ronald “Red” Gibson, the senior maintenance professional for the Haslam Business Building, was named the Facilities Services Employee of the Month for April 2016 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Red was recognized for being eager to help anyone with whatever needs to be addressed in his zone — which also includes Hodges Library, Greves Hall, Dunford Hall, the Howard Baker Center, Melrose Hall, Henson Hall, the Tyson House and the International House — and for always leading by example.
“Red doesn’t just come in to do a good job every day; he is constantly finding ways to do his job better and improve the condition and appearance of our buildings,” said Doug Hawks, Haslam’s assistant dean of finance and administration.
Hawks recalled that when he first joined Haslam, he noticed cobwebs outside an elevator shaft’s windows and hired a company to clean it. “Red was in my office before I even had a chance to call the vendor back with ideas about how he could take care of that and save the college money,” Hawks said.
A wide range of administrative staff, directors and deans in Red’s zone rely on him for advice and have a high degree of trust and faith in his abilities to solve their needs in a timely fashion.
“Red always goes above and beyond what is asked of him in all situations,” said Tami Touchstone, an administrator in the office of the dean. “He does a great job, and he is very considerate of everyone he works with. Haslam is fortunate to have him!”
Red has serviced the Haslam Business Building and Stokely Management Center for four years. He repairs equipment such as HVAC units, lighting and plumbing.
“I try to execute anything anyone asks of me in the buildings,” Red said. “My favorite part of my job is without a doubt the people in the building (my customers) and the people I work with (Kyle Delong and Serge Butenko) who are a tremendous help.”
For Red, being recognized as employee of the month indicates that his professional priorities are on track. “Winning this award lets me know that the pride I take in my job and my buildings are worth the effort,” he said. “I am so blessed.”