Our professional bios are, arguably, the most important statement of information we will ever publish about ourselves. It’s the first introduction to who we are, what we do, and why we’re doing what we do.
JC Desmukes, Chief Executive Director
JC Desmukes is a Marketing and Business Consultant, operating his own company, Delatex Marketing Group and who works and partners with CEOs, executives and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands, human-to-human. After spending nearly four decades working in PR and marketing for multi-million dollar brands and startups, JC knows what truly drives conversions, sold-out launches, and New York Times interviews — and it’s not mastering the marketing flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.
JC has landed employment with social service agencies helping the everyday person grow from homelessness, broken homes and discouraging situation to move close to and up to middle class living. JC has taken this along with his consulting business and work experience and collaborating with David Conway (both of whom experienced homelessness) developed Grand Central Station of DC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Soup Kitchen designed to provide nutritious, delicious meals to anyone (especially the low-income and homeless) who is hungry and in need. JC while being homelessness has used his past experience to assist others to navigate the ins-and-outs of getting IDs, Birth Certificates and SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps back in the day) to help them move forward. In addition to JC’s extensive PR, business and marketing experience, JC is a trained business coach.
JC holds an AA in Accounting from Strayer University in Washington, DC.
Michael C. McRae (“Mac”), Chief Operations Officer
Mr. McRae is an experienced Business Manager, operating his own company, Mac’s Auto Repair helping individuals to determine what is wrong with their autos and repair them. His experience has been developed through his past work experiences with such companies as Gant Management Enterprise; Restaurant Management, Inc.; AutoZone; Arby’s Restaurant as one of several managers and his sales experience was developed while working at Linen n’ Things. During his experience in management and sales Mac has developed a focus on assuring that the work is completed on time and under budget and assuring that not only should staff have an “enjoyable and friendly” work environment but customers will receive high quality work in a friendly atmosphere.
Experiencing homelessness himself Mac has joined the management team to help develop Grand Central Station of DC, [a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization] to make sure that anyone who is hungry, especially the low income, and homeless individuals and families are guaranteed a delicious hot meal all year helping them to move forward. In addition to Mac’s extensive management and culinary experience, Mac has taken several management courses through Arby’s, Hagerstown College, University of DC, and Domino’s to build his management and customer relationship skills.
Mac holds an AA in Business Management from Hagerstown College, Hagerstown, MD.