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Scottie Mayfield, Jr., '73: Using Kappa Sigma as a Foundation for Success

Not everyone has a life experience of growing up on a farm, or, better yet, working and running one after college.

Scottie Mayfield, a Kappa Sigma brother from 1973 and the President of Mayfield Dairy Farms in Athens, Tennessee, knows exactly what that is like.

At just 11-years-old, Mayfield was taken under the family business wing, learning that hard work and teamwork were some of the stepping stones to success.

Joining Kappa Sigma at Georgia Tech as a freshman, Mayfield went on to learn the fraternity’s most precious lessons: how to become a brother who exemplifies fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service. 

Running a farm is in no way an easy feat, but by joining a fraternity whose very reason for being formed was to protect students from robbers and thieves, Mayfield gained crucial skills of humility, respect, work ethic and the concept of looking out for the people you care for. Most importantly, he learned how to make a family— how to turn strangers in a pledge class into brothers.

The Kappa Sigma brother took everything he learned about being a leader— how it takes patience, self-confidence, trust and diligence — and broke the mold in the milk industry.

Mayfield was named president of Mayfield Dairy Farms in 1995, handling operations and most of the farm’s advertising.

The first year as president, Mayfield launched a single-serve Chug milk bottle, a product that augmented milk consumption for consumers as the drink now entered the single-serving soft drinks market. Dean Foods later bought the farm, seeing its potential capable of going far beyond milk. The farm was an innovative role model thanks to Mayfield.

"We believe in making a really good quality product,” Mayfield said in an article published by WVLT-TV. “People say, how do you make such great ice cream? Well, we work at it, we try to make great ice cream. And our people enjoy making great ice cream. They like making a good product.”

The Kappa Sigma brother took everything he learned about being a leader— how it takes patience, self-confidence, trust and diligence — and broke the mold in the milk industry.

When it comes down to it, being a part of the fraternity has been an important cornerstone for Mayfield, as it’s been an important cornerstone for us all, as he can look at his success and know that it emanates the same qualities and values he learned for himself, as a Kappa Sigma brother, for life.