The Division of Administration and Finance is comprised of an eclectic group of individuals with varying interests. Julie Hall, Accounts Payable Supervisor, enjoys running 5Ks and participating in Polar Bear plunges; Nisar Ahmad Khan, Senior Lead Application Developer for OTS, enjoys playing racquetball; and several members of A&F—Chuck Conjar, Bobby Zengel and Sonny Luebben, among others—enjoy composing and performing music. Danny Mays contributes to this melting pot of talent as a member of the last group, and he does so quite successfully—he has performed with acts such as Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Good Charlotte and All Time Low. Danny’s talent and success is not limited to music, though; he is also quite proficient and quite successful in contributing to the division as a professional.
Danny’s parents encouraged him to explore his interests from a very young age, and they helped him become well-versed in various genres of music. Reflecting on his childhood, he remarked, “Thanks to my parents, I grew up listening to a wide variety of music and was inspired to play/sing from a very young age.” And indeed he did play and sing. Mays began singing as soon as he was able to talk, and he began playing bass at age 15. He’s also always had an interest in subjects such as business, and he has been an Orioles fan his entire life (Surprise!).
Mays maintains his interests in music, baseball and business, and they now play important roles in his professional life, in addition to his personal life. Danny earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and has since “developed a passion for Public Procurement.” He has been able apply this passion in his current position as Senior Purchasing Agent at TU, where he secures the best value for commodities and services while expending public funds.
Danny has also been able to find constructive, rewarding outlets for his interest in music. In addition to performing with Billy Idol and other big name acts, a song he co-wrote has been featured on the NCAA March Madness tournament highlights packages and pre-game segments and on Fox NFL Sunday broadcasts for the past two years. He also sings and plays bass in the local Baltimore rock band Here’s to the Night, and he recently accepted a job as the Voice of Ripken Stadium, where he will serve as the Public Address Announcer for the Aberdeen IronBirds.
The fact that Danny Mays decided to work for A&F is a huge testament to the division. A talented, ambitious individual left a position he held for five years, Procurement & Contract Manager for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, in search of new opportunities to “grow within the field of Public Procurement,” and he chose TU as the ideal place to do so. Welcome aboard, Danny; A&F is lucky to have you.