Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Darrell Mitchell
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series of interviews with Management Council staff members. This week’s guest is Darrell Mitchell, RemotEDx Connectivity Champion, with the Customer Services and Support team.
- What’s your favorite food?
Tacos, hands down. My mom started making homemade tacos when we were young. My claim to fame is seven days of eating tacos in a row.
- Have you ever been to a family reunion?
Oh yeah, absolutely. We used to have them all the time. My mom had five brothers and sisters, and every Christmas and Thanksgiving we were together as a family. It was a large gathering, so I consider it like a family reunion.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
You know, I’ve been to a lot of places curtesy of the US Navy. When my son was heading into college and my twins were in high school, I knew that we needed to take a family vacation because it would be challenging to get all the kids together again. We went to Haleiwa, Hawaii on the north shore, and we just loved it. We’ve been there three times, and once for three weeks.
- What’s your go-to midnight snack?
Hands down, cookies and milk. Every single day my wife and I have three cookies and small glass of milk at night.
- If you could witness any event past, present, or future, what would it be?
The end of WWII so I can witness all the jubilation that was taking place. It takes me to that scene in times square with the Navy man and the nurse. It was a great time for America and the world.
- What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?
Every day is off to a great start by having coffee with my wife. It’s 10-15 minutes of coffee and a little tv.
- Ideally, how would you spend your birthday?
It would be spending time with my family, kids, and wife on the lake when we’re all together.
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Extrovert definitely. I never really thought of myself that way, but being that my background is in sales, you connect with people. I still have a lot of guy friends from high school, all of whom were in my wedding and will be attending my daughter’s wedding this spring.
- What story does your family always tell about you?
My family still talks about how I purchase Christmas gifts for my sister that are also something that I can use so that I can weasel it back.
- What was your favorite age growing up?
Probably about 6th grade when I was getting ready to attend middle school. I had more liberties at home, and I really enjoyed that freedom. I liked where I lived and all the kids.
- What career advice would you give to your younger self?
I would say, “You don’t really know what you don’t know yet. Don’t make a quick decision, and just follow your heart.”
- Name one product you can’t live without?
I want to say cell phone, but I like disconnecting. I would have to say my Harley. It gives me some freedom and there’s just a whole different vibe when you’re on a Harley. My wife also likes to ride.
- What’s one thing you’re really good at?
Interpersonal skills. I’m really good at communicating with people, and I can get along with anybody.
- If you could have only one sense (hearing, touch, sight, etc), which would you want?
Sight. Even though you want to hear things and touch things, I think that being able see it, might help you visualize what something might feel like or sound like.
- What’s your favorite quote from a TV show/movie/book?
“Get er’done!” from Larry the Cable Guy. It applies to many things.
- What three traits define you?
Well, my answer might be different from my wife’s answer. Determination: I am just determined in what I do. Trustworthy: all you really have as a person is your word, and if you’re not trustworthy, you don’t have anything. It takes so long to gain trust, and it can be lost in an instant. Dependable: if I say I’m going do something, then I’m going to do it.
- What is your personal philosophy?
My uncle said this to me, and I’ve said it to my kids, “I’ll never ask you to do anything I haven’t done or wouldn’t do myself.”
- Describe a win from the work you’ve done.
I think one of the biggest wins for me and my team was getting one of the school districts we worked closely with to trust us. It took a lot of hard work, and now that district is one of our biggest supporters.
- How do you define success?
On a professional level, I define success as working with people that have a passion for the job and enjoy going to work. Personally, success is being able to comfortably provide for my family.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
One of my favorite things is working with dedicated professionals who love what they do. Having worked with schools for eight years, I also really enjoy how passionate the Management Council is about helping not only students but also other organizations like ODJFS, ODE, ODHE, and others. The Management Council positively impacts a lot of people.