Community development takes on many forms. Fortunately I was able to catch up with Kevin Davis, one of the founders and leaders of Crush Media and Progressive Greek Magazine, to learn more about his unique community development niche. As a distinguished man of Phi Beta Sigma, Kevin has embraced the culture and breadth of achievement that exists within Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs). Purposefully expanding on the close-knit community, Kevin and his partners, have guided Progressive Greek Magazine to become the go-to comprehensive source for uplifting information on BGLOs.
Progressive Greek is a relevant media source that appeals to more than just members of Greek-lettered organizations. Progressive Greek provides readers with access to the most-up-to date information and accomplishments made by Greek-lettered members that have proven to be leaders in their fields and area of expertise. Through the internet publication Progressive Greek Magazine, and a variety of social media tools Kevin is fully living up to his personal description of community development, “doing things outside of the norm and finding ways to turn your interest or passions into a constructive outlet, while helping those that you can. Use what interest you to move others forward.”
As a photographer and guru of all things media, Kevin is often called on to photograph formal and social events for BGLOs. With all that he has going on, Kevin continues to make good on his volunteer services, primarily providing countless hours of low- cost to free, photography and media services to non-profits and others working to establish themselves. He also completes hands-on service with his fraternity through Relay for Life and the Pacific Garden Mission.
In order to remain the “progressive” he is today, Kevin focuses on improving his time-management skills. Already confident in his abilities, after reading the book “Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?” by Reginald F. Lewis, Kevin understood exactly what he needed to do to follow through on his personal and professional goals. While reading, Kevin realized that the major obstacle he had to overcome was to learn how to sell his self and be able to back it up. “I can do whatever I want, as long as I don’t sell myself on something I cannot deliver on. This concept has directly affected every project I have worked on, thus taking me to the next level.”
Giving of his time, resources, and creating a platform that showcases the National influence of college-educated African-Americans, Kevin Davis is truly a prime example of a dedicated community servant.
Kevin Davis’s Success Formula = Finding your niche + Designing your platform + Selling self THEN the product
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How do you feel about the term agree to disagree?
“I use it a lot. I use it all the time at work. I believe that there is a point where you need to end the conversation when you realize that either side is not budging. Some people just use it to try to shut you up. I will look at the other person’s opinion…I am very opinionated. I like to get my point across, sometime to a fault.”
How do you effectively receive and share constructive criticism?
“Seek constructive criticism before it comes to be as criticism. I seek it as an opportunity so that it is not a negative. I ask for it to take the sting out of it. I have thick skin and try to decipher if there is truth in what is being said. No resentment, especially in groups. I take my time giving the criticism, try to know my audience. I can be very direct and not everyone can handle that. Land the plane on pillows and then once they are receptive then I will give it to them straight. Not a big fan of sugar coating. I am vocal, but not overbearing.”
What is your idea of freedom?
Being able to do and feel however you want without fear of judgment. To be happy to do what you want to do and not care what others have to say or think. Allow yourself to be happy and be who you are.
What is a community asset that you want to share with others?
Catherine brown. She offers a variety of free CPR classes. She is on a mission to educate people on how to save lives. More information on these services can be found at Facebook.com/learncprchicago.
Kevin also shared a Community Asset from his hometown, The Detroit Coalition of Homeless Shelters. The organization helps people who need to get out of the streets, mainly women and children. They provide training and workshops on how to re-enter the work force.
Kevin shared a variety of professional and personal S.M.A.R.T. goals with me during our interview:
- Progressive Greek will reach 5,000 fans on Facebook before July 1
- Launch the newly redesigned Crush Media Group website by July 1, in time for the company’s 6 year anniversary
- Become a homeowner within 5 years
- Within 5 years, Progressive Greek will be the source for media and publications for fraternities and sororities around the world
- Complete master’s degree in integrated marketing communications management in 3 years
Return to being 100% self-employed in 3.5 years.