We had the good fortune of connecting with Demetrius Paschel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Demetrius, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
Leaving a legacy is very important to me. I want people to remember that I have an unconditional, abominable love for making a difference in the lives of children. From peer mentorship, teaching, coaching, career guidance, reading bedtime stories, to my current company, my livelihood has been centered on making a difference. It is the cornerstone of my company, and an internal mission I’ve always had. Though children are undoubtedly our future, they are certainly our present. And as such, my mission is now, so that they will have a better tomorrow. I’m hopeful that the passion I have to leave this legacy will inspire others to do so as well.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the Principal of DeedsCorp; it is the parent company of The Paschel Theorem. The Paschel Theorem (r) is a variable based regression algorithm utilized the forecast, mitigate, and maximize risk outcomes through data-driven analytics, regression modeling, research, and a proprietary formula. We are committed to reshaping the way we see and understand risk and human capital in five (5) key disciplines: Education, Defense, Business, Workforce Development, and Sports. Our approach is unique in that it is more of a holistic, people-led pedagogy with emphasis on the individual. The idea is to assess and support the person, which creates a better student and professional.
DeedsCorp is a culmination of twenty (20) years in the public service environment, being a committed research fellow, loads of independent research, and the favor of people to give me an audience. It is years of work and experiences, sometimes successful, sometimes failure. But it was an environment that I created to learn and grow. It wasn’t easy, nor is it now, but there is certainly progress and that makes it worthwhile. My beloved sister Aretha Paschel-Alexander would always say to me, “if you do the work, the rest will follow.” That is in business and in life.
I would want the world to know that having an idea and vision is only the start. The Paschel Theorem (r) is committed to shifting the paradigm and developing an ecosystem by which we shift our resources to forecasting and prevention, rather than response. Though incidents are inevitable, it is always a good measure to direct resources and human capital towards forecasting and prevention to aid in mitigating incidents in all mediums. As Benjamin Franklin quoted, “an ounce of prevention if worth a pound of cure.”
Lastly, we are always seeking ways to do better and be better. I am a lifelong learner, and I’m always open to ways to improve myself and our brand.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Birmingham and the metropolitan areas are lively, eclectic, and diverse. I’m a music lover, so I’d certainly take my best friend to Perfect Note, a really cool jazz club in Hoover that offers live music, food, drinks and a cool atmosphere. The southside Lakeview district is also a nice attraction with various spots for entertainment.
Though I don’t drink or eat out too often, whenever I do, I dine at Perry’s, Bricktop’s, or Fleming’s, and if we are in the mood for soul food, perhaps SAW’s Soul Kitchen, Niki’s West, or even Slice Pizza & Brews. I’ve mostly dined at Birmingham’s uptown district, which is also a nice place for entertainment and to hang out, so that would be an attraction.
We’d tour the 4th avenue district, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, catch a game at Regions Field, experience the sights and history of Rickwood Field, and visit the Negro Southern League Museum, which is the largest African American sports museum in the country. Other places we’d visit would be the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club, an organization I’ve supported, and they do a great job with our youth, Our tour would continue at The Stardome comedy club in Hoover, Railroad Park for a workout, check out a live theatrical show at the Lyric, or simply sightseeing. There are a number of things to do by taking a stroll downtown.
There is something for everyone in the Birmingham metropolitan area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people to thank who have been mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, and sounding boards in my life. I must say my mother was the pillar of my passion and she always provided truthful, honest, and unconditional encouragement and support. There are countless others in my circle and I’m extremely thankful to each and everyone. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was also pivotal in my education and training, particularly as a research fellow. I’d also like to shoutout my daughter and scholar Jaden. Now a junior in college, she has been a ray of joy and inspiration who continues to do extraordinary things. I’m so very proud of her. The insight I obtained influenced the way I saw and understood the at-risk environment. And more importantly, ignited my imagination on ways of remedy. They were also sponsors of my work and I’m truly grateful.
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