Friday, April 19, 2024

5 questions for Tom Dempsey

You oughta know

Tom Dempsey
[/media-credit] Tom Dempsey

Thomas Dempsey has founded and led several North Carolina-based companies in the outdoor industry, including SylvanSport, a Brevard-based company that manufactures popular compact RVs. As a creative industrial designer, his past work includes products in the medical and outdoor-recreation fields that have been featured by hundreds of media outlets. He lives in Transylvania County.

What do you like best about your job?

Being a creative leader, and the variety.

What inspires you?

The ability to make positive change in people’s lives – from helping to create opportunities for my coworkers to bringing joy to our customers’ lives.

Who is a role model?

I have many for different situations in life, but most of the time, I think of my dad, from whom I witnessed a dependable, steady, intelligent, strong and witty leader.

What was your biggest challenge this week?

Fighting a cold while keeping things moving forward on many fronts.

Favorite N.C. vacation spot?

My home in Cedar Mountain – at 3,300 ft., it stays nice and cool, even on the hottest summer days, and it borders miles of wilderness.

Ben Kinney
Ben Kinney
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