Marian “Mayron” DansbyName: Marian “Mayron” Dansby
Title: Chef and owner of Mayron’s Meals and Catering
How the company got its name: She started selling sandwiches at the ticket counters to airline employees at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when she worked at the airport for one of the airlines. Co-workers who were from the Caribbean couldn’t pronounce her first name, so they began calling her “Mayron.” Employees enjoyed her meals so much she said that “my business grew from there.” She has been cooking since she was a child. “My grandmother stood me up to the stove in a chair when I was six years old, so I don’t know how to cook from a box or package.”
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Hobbies: Besides cooking? Traveling, especially with my son Jeffrey Dansby, who has his own photography business- jeffreydansbyphoto.com, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
Education: Degree in culinary arts from Southern Crescent Technical College.
Why I love my job: It allows me to be of service to others.
If you didn’t have your business, what would you be doing: I’m passionate about children. If I didn’t have my business, I’d like to put a smile on the faces of as many children as I could. I’d probably be doing some work with children. I currently also work with the Clayton County Public Schools in the nutrition services department.
Interesting fact: Marian “Mayron” Dansby was recently honored with the Faithful Service Award from the United Youth Adult Conference and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottom for her participation in the search for missing and murdered children in Atlanta. As captain of one of the search teams, she led volunteers in the search for the children every Saturday from 1979 to 1981.