November 13-17, 2019
Palm Springs, California

Don Wood

Wood Family Office

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Don Wood was the Co-Owner and Co-CEO of Cooks Collision, a third-generation family business that put people first. His experiences give him insights to challenges other family-owned businesses may face as they balance the business needs with the family legacy.

Don worked in the auto collision business for 34 years, joining the family business at the age of 14. He began his career sweeping floors and learned the business from the ground up. His father instilled in him the importance of family values, which helped create a strong sense of identity for the family business. Don and his brother purchased the business from their father in 2002 and grew Cooks Collision from 4 to 38 stores, becoming the largest family-owned and -operated auto collision business in the US. The family ultimately decided to sell the business and in October 2018 completed the largest transaction in the industry at the time.

Don attended college at Northwest Nazarene University, where he studied business and music.

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