Cast Your VoteJerome Demmings

Friendship Village

Week 3:  Casually Cool


What hobbies, activities, and pastimes fuel your passion?

Following a long day or week of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a wonderful family! I was able to have my grandparents in my life through early adulthood, so we were always a close knit group when it comes to my parents, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, and family friends.

In addition to spending time with family, I enjoy hanging with close friends. I have surrounded myself with some great guys, and we always challenge each other to be better men for our families and our communities. That may involve giving back with community service, mentoring, or working at the church I grew up in.   Another passion of mine would definitely be football. I am a Notre Dame Fan on Saturdays and Bengals on Sundays. I have even conquered the feat of getting my wife to go to games as well on occasion. I love spending time with my beautiful and intelligent wife. We have been blessed with the opportunities that we’ve experienced. Traveling to see the world while experiencing those peak life moments together has been priceless!

Week 2: Workplace Image

DemmingsWhat does an average day (or week) of your life look like?

With the opportunity I’ve had working in long-term care for the past 13 years; it has been an understanding that each day is truly unique. Often times, a day that appears to be pretty calm will quickly head the opposite direction. As with most industries, I have a communication meeting in the morning to get an update on what transpired over the previous day or weekend if it is a Monday. With my belief of prompt follow-up to residents and/or families, my next step is to check for messages by phone or e-mail. From that point, the day takes off and it is literally one thing after the other. Working in a service industry I have to always be prepared for what is perceived to be the current crisis from one of my customers which includes: residents, families, staff members, and/or vendors. A considerable amount of time is spent strategizing daily to deal with the current challenges along with those that maybe a week or months away. I generally leave the office around 6p with a goal of getting home to have dinner with my wife. When the weather is decent, we will go on a walk which gives us an opportunity to spend time together while exercising and sharing about our days.

Week 1: First Impressions

DemmingsHow did you become the man you are today?

I would have to say it is by the Grace of God that I am who I am today. I was fortunate to have two outstanding parents who shaped me in different ways. With my father, I was able to watch him go to work every day no matter what as he understood that was needed to care for his family. Additionally, the nurturing that comes from a mother who is willing to discipline when needed and apply the simple skills of responsibility along with compassion and support no matter what I was involved with.  She also ensured I had a firm foundation in the church and understood what doing the “right thing” looked like and how critical it is to character.  Having a work ethic and sense of responsibility have always been a part of my core values. It was made very clear to me from my parents if you want something, you have to work for it.

Why should people vote for you as the best Role Model for Men at Work?

As a native Daytonian, I feel it is wonderful to have an organization like this in our community. Everyone in life needs a mentor to open their mind to something they would not have been exposed to under normal circumstances. I truly feel I am who I am today was due to the Grace of God, the love of my family, and having role models/mentors in my life willing to take a moment of their time to keep me on the right path. No matter who gets the most votes from this program, the true winner will be Clothes at Work as an organization by creating awareness and having the opportunity to inspire others throughout this program.

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