We have a motto at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center: “Stay New.” Stay new gives our staff pride in maintaining our equipment, keeping the building in tip top shape and maintaining a very clean environment. Mark Jones certainly has shown this pride everyday he works. We give hundreds of tours each year, nothing gives me more pleasure when guiding a tour and the comment comes, “This facility is so clean, everything looks brand new.” Mark is a major player in this, not only does he keep us clean, he does his job with a contagious positive attitude. – Gus LaZear
How long have you been with Ability360?
I started volunteering 3.5 years ago. May 5th will be my second year as an employee.
What’s your current job title?
What other job titles have you held, if any?
No. I did this same work as a volunteer.
For people outside of the organization, what do you do?
I like to think I save lives by keeping things germ-free. I clean the Sports & Fitness Center and keep it in good shape.
Is there a work achievement you’re especially proud of?
My Wednesday fitness and conditioning class that I instruct for Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
What brought you here?
AZBVI came here to work out and I liked the facility and I’ve been here ever since. I signed up to volunteer right away.
What do you like most about your work?
Camaraderie – the employees and clientele that come to Ability360 and my ability to laugh and joke with them as I work.
Will you share a little something about your family?
I have a large, close-knit family.
Will you tell us about your best day ever?
The day my first child being born. I took her in my hands and held her up to the stars. I’m the father of 8 and grandfather of 5. That was a great moment.
What are people most surprised to know about you?
That I’m visually impaired. A lot of people see my mobility and how independent I am until they get close enough to see the discoloration in my eye and realize I’m blind. They’re always surprised by that.
Is there a movie or TV show you drop everything to watch?
Harlem Nights with Eddie Murphy, Della Reese, Redd Foxx and Arsenio Hall. It’s a good comedy.
If a mega-fortune fell into your lap, what would you do?
I would buy a customized bus, hire drivers and roam the county for six months while I planned what came long term.