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BY MIKE FALK   Sports Information Director

 

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JIM
DOUMATO
’99

When he was playing basketball for Muhlenberg, traveling was a no-no for Jim Doumato, but now it’s a big part of his life.

Doumato is an information technology consultant for Management Consulting Services (MCS), which until recently was a division of the Big Five firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. MCS was bought by IBM Global Services in late July 2002.

In his job, Doumato helps with the configuration and system testing of supply chain management software, working to implement advanced planning and scheduling systems for clients who are looking to upgrade – wherever they may be.

Upon his hiring right out of Muhlenberg, Doumato spent three months in training in Tampa, Fla. His first assignment lasted four months at Perdue Farms in Maryland, where he met Frank Perdue at a company picnic. He then spent one month at Exide Technologies in Atlanta.

Those were just warm-ups for a recently completed 20-month stint with Sulzer Orthopedics (producers of knee, hip and shoulder implants) in Austin, Texas. In a typical week, Doumato would fly out on Monday morning and come back on Thursday or Friday.

“I joke with my friends that I have the longest commute of anyone,” says Doumato, whose home base in Florham Park, N.J., is a 25-minute drive from his home in Clifton. “It’s fun. I like the travel and experiencing different cities. It’s been great to work with different clients in different industries. And I love being home every weekend.”

One of the highlights of Doumato’s tenure in Austin was the opportunity to play in three basketball leagues, where he got to display the form that made him a 1,000-point scorer and two-time All-Centennial Conference first-team selection with the Mules. He also traveled to Sulzer’s main headquarters in Zurich, which brought to mind one of the most memorable moments of his Muhlenberg career – a trip with the basketball team to Germany and Austria in the summer of 1997.

“Basketball has opened up a lot of doors for me,” says Doumato, who became friends with some of Sulzer’s higher-ups through the sport. “Playing at Muhlenberg gave me a good deal of self-confidence. I see it in a professional environment and in a social environment.”

 

Editor’s Note:
If there is a former ’Berg sports star who you would like us to report on in a future edition of the Muhlenberg magazine, please contact Mike Falk, sports information director at falk@muhlenberg.edu or fax your request to 484-664-3477. Or, you can send your request via U.S. mail to the following address:

Mike Falk, sports information director
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104

 

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