Myron Piatek, 2012
- Maintenance Specialist
- DSC employee since 1991
Degrees and schools where awarded: Father Lopez High School
Career/Professional honors: Daytona State College Employee Suggestion Award (Standardize ADA signs campus wide); 2011 International Hot Rod Association’s (IHRA) Sportsman of the Year; 2008 IHRA Summit All-Stars Champion; 2006 IHRA Stock World Champion; multiple IHRA Division 2 championships.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I am a drag racer. (Visit Myron’s Locomotion Racing website.) I don’t fit the race car driver stereotype often portrayed in movies and on TV, but it’s been a lifelong passion.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Finding solutions to faculty and staff problems and needs, sometimes very creatively. I also appreciate that my work at Daytona State allows me to learn something new every day.
Outside interests: Drag racing, history, chess, travel
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? Generally, customer service in the grocery and delivery business. Now, I serve students, faculty and staff at Daytona State College.
What projects are you working on right now? Never-ending signage, furniture assembly and keys.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To retire with enough money to live!
Last book read: Don’t recall the name, but it was about World War II history.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Practical, cautious, objective, helpful, creative.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: My mom, Benjamin Franklin, Don Carlton (drag racing legend), and Eva Narcissus Boyd. (She sang the 1962 hit “Locomotion” by Carol King, who hired her as a babysitter. The song was redone by Grand Funk Railroad in 1974. I liked it so much that in 1979, I decided to name my race car Locomotion.)
The Daytona State of Mind to me is working in a melting pot. We serve a diverse cross-section of society, where everyone is trying to better themselves. I’m part of making their time here more appealing and productive.