Class of ’09 Alum Has the Drive to Succeed

Class of ’09 Alum Has the Drive to Succeed

The inspiring success stories of our FSCJ alumni never cease to impress.

Donald Wagner is a 2009 graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville, completing his Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management and Supervision. He is a member of the program’s inaugural class, earning one of the first bachelor’s degrees the College offers.

Donald currently serves as director of operations for Autobahn Indoor Speedway, the second largest owner/operator of indoor go-kart tracks in the United States. He oversees operations for all six East Coast locations, including one in Jacksonville, in addition to bringing three new locations online. He joined Autobahn in 2013, and notes that giving back to communities is one of the company’s focuses.

“I think FSCJ would be proud to know that I lead a company that has supported numerous charities in Jacksonville and will continue to do so. Being involved in the Jacksonville community is something I am very passionate about,” he said.

FSCJ has been a part of Donald’s life for decades. “My mother, Colleen Wagner, has worked at the College for 20 years, so I have always been around the College and on campus.” He credits his mother with being the FSCJ employee who has made the greatest impact on his life. “She has always been a strong advocate of education and always made sure that I had the opportunity to receive a solid education,” Donald said. “She also served as a mentor, helping me navigate my degree and made sure I was staying on track.”

When asked what advice he would give to current students, Donald replied, “Don’t take your time in college for granted. Focus on getting the most out of every semester, every class, every minute. In the business world knowledge truly is power, and having a solid education as a foundation will help you build a strong and successful career."