The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to this year’s BN360 Spotlight Professionals.
Each year, BN360 highlights a select few individuals, nominated by member companies, within the Buffalo Niagara region who exemplify today’s definition of a young rising leader. Check back each month to read about these young professionals and how they are making a positive impact on the Buffalo Niagara region.
Local Union #41 Apprentice
De’yron Tabb is a local union #41 apprentice with O’Connell Electric, one of the nation’s top-ranking electrical contractors with facilities in Buffalo. Prior to joining O’Connell Electric, De’yron worked in several different fields, including Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled where he provided direct care to individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities. He has also worked with the Student Conservation Association to protect and promote education of the necessity to defend local wild life and indigenous vegetation.
First Job Out of School
Cashier at AutoZone in Buffalo
De’yron considers it a great honor to enter the apprenticeship for electrical workers. His goal is to obtain the knowledge and skill to one day open his own Minority-Owned Union Electrical Company.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Career
As a black man in life, to be looked at as good, you have to work like you’re great! To be looked at as great, you have to work like you’re nothing shy than absolutely amazing. (Told to him by an older gentleman.)
- High School Mentoring Program – Volunteer through LP Ciminelli
- Local High School – Mentor and speaker
- Community Youth – Teach employable skills to neighborhood youth through investment properties in Buffalo
On Buffalo Niagara
“I believe Buffalo and the Greater Niagara region is a very diverse and intricately beautiful area. We have a nimiety of opportunity and splendor at our finger tips that is now being properly accessed and utilized. From our outstanding history as one of the leading areas in Steel and Industrialization, to the Historic Architectural beauty that Buffalo is known for, we are a great city with a lot to offer. I believe only the surface of our capabilities are being scratched in this new age of information, medical, and technological advancement. We are on pace to becoming a very competitive and dynamic market for transformation, economic sustainability, and social change.”
Greatest Benefit of Working in Buffalo Niagara
“I believe that since Buffalo has been such an overlooked area for quite some time, it has made it an easy place for investment and strategic advancement, if you know where to look. Now that Buffalo is beginning to blossom and grow, if you made great moves in the past, they are now more than ever turning over great social and economic advancement.”
Greatest hope for the future of the Buffalo Niagara business community
“I hope that the Buffalo Niagara business community truthfully is representative of the diversity we share as a region. There are so many different people, with different dreams, talents, goals, and ideas that it would an absolute joy if we continue to come together and display that diversity inside our business community. I believe we already have a very diverse and thriving business sector, and I just hope and pray that investment is continuously made in community, and the economic development we are experiencing is beneficial and accessible to all.”
About Being a Spotlight Professional
“It is honestly a great honor to be acknowledged as a Spotlight Professional. I believe in living a very humble life, and I do not personally try to magnify myself. I truthfully believe that if what you’re doing is truthfully worth acknowledgement than it will come. The mouth that speaks about itself is never as powerful as the mouth that testifies of the character and good deeds of another.”
De’yron’s 5 Favorites
- Favorite Restaurant: I don’t really eat out at restaurants, but I do frequent Em Tea Coffee Cup Café.
- Favorite Business Book: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
- Best Buffalo Hidden Gem: Dashuri and Genevieve Egriu, Edreys Wajad, and Drea D’Nuir. Some of the most inspiring and creative artists and minds I have ever come across.
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Puerto Rico, the most inspiring and beautiful place I’ve ever been
- Best Place for Wings: Buffalo Pizza Company on Main and Florida Street