MAY MODEL RAM: Justin M. DeLoach
May 01, 2019
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.
Born & raised in Littlefield, Texas, I learned at a young age what dedication and hard work can do. Coming from cotton-farming roots (grandparents and great-grandparents), I was raised around good values, close friends, and a loving family. Being active in a small town growing up allowed me to see what the world had to offer. Being introduced to music at age seven and growing as a vocalist & musician, serving in multiple roles at my church, and being active in school both academically & extracurricular activities really established who I was going to be as I grew older. Today, outside of my professional occupation and additionally my small business, I enjoy singing, exercising, volunteering, and traveling.
What is your current occupation?
I am the Director of Community Development for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Greater West Texas (CAC). In this role, I help build awareness and outreach for our organization through fundraisers, donor development, marketing, outreach platforms like social media, volunteer relations and building relationships with the community to help strengthen our support of families and the protection of children we offer through our programs. CAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which acts as the independent, neutral advocate for children and families in the Concho Valley. I also own a small vending machine business DeLoach Healthy Vending. After choosing a healthier lifestyle in 2017 and losing close to 200lbs, I decided to help bring healthier choices to local businesses in San Angelo.
While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?
I was child mentor for local elementary schools through the recommendation of one of my ASU professors and did this all four years attending ASU. I was a member and student leader for the United Campus Ministries until the Wesley House was established at ASU. I served as a Student Director for Wesley House Ministries until a full-time Director was hired my senior year at ASU.
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?
ASU opened so many doors through personal and professional relationships with professors, administration, and connections I made through the organizations I was associated with. After graduation, the relationships I established continued to grow and I was introduced to a much larger professional network all thanks to ASU and it connecting me to the community and the organizations in our community which make a difference in the lives of students.
What skills did you take away from ASU?
ASU taught me life lessons in leadership, teamwork, dreaming big, and the value of networking. In the College of Business, we were always challenged to think outside the box and think progressively and not just “in the moment.” Each professor had their unique way of teaching and it allowed me to always think in different ways to get a project done. I’ve used this same style of always thinking progressively and outside the box to get the job done.
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?
Dr. Tom Yokum and Pam Venable were two of my favorite educators. Both allowed students to learn by study and active participation. Our discussions in classes about the world of business, life, strategic presentations, and how to just be a better professional still remain with me today.
What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?
The feeling of connection with every student I met. No matter the place, anytime I met a fellow student or even alumni it was always like talking to an old friend. We had so much in common by just being an Angelo State Ram.
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?
Angelo State helped take me from being an undecided, unsure high school graduate to a professionally driven, confident college graduate ready to take on the world. Thanks Angelo State!