Ten things you don’t know about Doug Mayes

Oct 11, 2013



By Christine Ferrell

Doug Mayes joined the Jenkins Graduate School this month as assistant director, full-time MBA career development, bringing more than 10 years of experience in career coaching and corporate recruiting to his work with full-time MBAs and MGIM students at NC State.

Doug comes to NC State from Arizona State University's W. P. Carey MBA program, where he coached full-time MBA students and taught an innovative hybrid career development graduate course.  Doug is an active member of the MBA Career Services Council, the Society for Human Resource Management, and is former board vice president of Jazz in Arizona, a nationally prominent arts organization. 

10 things you may not know about Doug Mayes – in his own words:

  1. Three generations of my family are NC State grads.
  2. I have been a working professional jazz saxophonist since I was 21.  Music gave me the opportunity to see the world and ignited a lifelong passion.
  3. I am married with two kids, Ethan, 4 and Ella, 1. Ethan aspires to be a Ninja Turtle and Ella is gifted at clanging pots and pans.
  4. I love to cook and pride myself on making breakfast and dinner for my family every day.
  5. Favorite quote on education:  "I've never allowed my schooling to get in the way of my education." - Mark Twain
  6. As a career coach, I believe in listening intently and learning about MBA students as human beings.  We're all so much more than walking resumes.  What's your story?  That's what I want to know.
  7. My mother is a talented tailor and I became a tailoring nerd.  I can talk about suits all day long. Don't get me started.  Fate favors the well dressed.
  8. I created and hosted a classic jazz radio show in college.  I don't think anybody listened, but I had fun just the same.
  9. I make homemade marshmallows. Ridiculous.
  10. I once wrestled in coleslaw at a local event for the chance to win a $10K diamond ring. Ah, the things we do for love.  I lost and it was a smelly ride home.

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