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US Navy Captain Dubs Mason 'A Brilliant Gem'

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David MayoSeasoned U.S. Navy Captain David Mayo has spent more than two decades taking on stretch assignments and succeeding in start-up, turn-around, and growth challenges. Taking that dedication to the classroom, Mayo was selected as the Outstanding Award Recipient for the Global Executive MBA program class of 2015, an award given to one high-performing student from each graduating class.

Mayo says he chose Mason’s School of Business for its high quality education, respected academic faculty, and its good value compared to other universities and colleges in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., area.

According to Mayo, Mason is “an undiscovered, brilliant gem.”

Mayo joined the U.S. Navy because of his desire to fly and be part of a high performing team of professionals. On his list of many accomplishments, achieving U.S. Navy fleet-wide efficiency and safety awards for high-level operational performance, an accident free work environment, and a flawless aviation safety record for more than 12,000 flight hours.

With more than 20 years in the Navy, Mayo says, “I didn’t expect to take much away from the leadership, organizational behavior/change and ethics courses in Mason’s EMBA program, but I was wrong. My horizons and understanding were expanded exponentially.”

For Mayo, the extra mile that Mason’s EMBA professors went for the students had a lasting effect on him. He completed the online program while fulfilling his duties for the Navy which included international travel.

“Professors were willing to engage and hold sessions with me, wherever we happened to be in the world,” says Mayo. “I had a one-on-one session with my professor while he was in India, and I was traveling to the Middle East and Europe.”

Now, with the completion of his Executive MBA, Mayo hopes to continue to grow his career by pursuing management consulting. “I gain a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction from helping people solve their problems,” he says.