Business Source July - August 2018 - Page 37

Dan Marsden How long have you lived and/or worked in Clark or Floyd counties: Since March 2012 Where do you work and please tell us about your job responsibilities: I am the founder and president of Redeem The Dream, Inc. We are a local youth outreach organization in New Albany that stands in the gap for marginalized teens in our community. Here my responsibility is to cast and execute our mission and vision. I lead our weekly youth events, transport students to and from these events, train and develop volunteers, fundraise, mentor individual students, plan and lead several major events annually such as our sports camps and annual celebrations, assemble our board of directors and lead our quarterly board meetings, source monthly guest speakers locally and from around the country to provide our students with examples of success, lead development of all our pro- grams (youth night, life skills classes, sports, mentoring, leadership development) Please tell us about your definition of leadership — both in the workplace and in volunteer efforts: Leadership is influence. And in order to learn to lead at the highest levels we must first learn to serve at the lowest. Great lead- ership starts when we realize that life is not about us, but about how our influence can improve the lives of others. Nobody wants to follow someone that is only in it for them. That is true in the workplace, but even more so in volunteer efforts. Please tell us about all volunteer efforts that are important to you and why: Since I run an organization that depends largely on volunteers, our efforts are near and dear to my heart. There is a great need here in Floyd County to improve the lives of teens that are falling through the cracks. We have more kids foster care here than any other county in Indiana. Generational poverty is a real problem that must be addressed. We help teens break negative life cycles, level the playing field for them so they can compete and develop into emotionally healthy adults. This is what I have been fighting for on a full time basis for close to five years. Of course there are several other great programs out there who have similar passions that I am thankful for! One example of that is the Mentor Mii program for which I also have been an active volunteer in several Floyd County Schools since 2012. In your opinion, what is the single best thing about being involved — living or working — in Southern Indiana and why: The best thing about living and working in Southern Indiana is our community. I have lived all over the country as well as in Ger- many, and I have never seen an area that has so many wonderful people of character in key leadership positions within our schools, poli- tics, churches and businesses. It motivates me tremendously to give back to a community that has been such a blessing to myself and my family. If you could put your time and/or money into one thing in Southern Indiana to make it better, what would it be and why: At the age of 16 I took a one way ticket from Germany to Portland, Oregon. The people I had arranged to pick me up from the airport never came for me. That instantly turned me into a homeless teen. Therefore, a passion to stand in the gap for kids that didn't exactly win the parent lottery is my heartbeat. I will invest all the time and money available to change the trajectory of that demographic. Has your main source of banking changed? Come experience a local bank who will put you fi rst! Where you’re always First