Every day at work, Demonta Hall wears a shiny reminder – right near his heart – of his deep love for Lakeland.
“I take such pride in wearing that Lakeland pin on my tie every day,” says Hall, a 2016 graduate. “If I have a tie on, you won’t catch me without that pin on it.
“I feel like Lakeland made me, changed me into the person I am today. Without Lakeland, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in. Lakeland taught me how to be a better person. Being around great people who care so much helped me learn to become disciplined, set goals and go reach them.”
Life is good for Hall, who majored in communication with a minor in nonprofit management at Lakeland. He’s currently the assistant manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in downtown Milwaukee, having been promoted twice in 10 months.
“I like working here a lot,” Hall says. “Companies say all the time, if you work hard, you can move up fast, but here at Enterprise, that’s really the case. My next step is a branch manager, and after that area manager, then group rental manager.”
Coming to Lakeland from Detroit, Hall played football his first two years before deciding to give up his favorite sport to focus on academics and working. For three years, Hall mastered all facets of Lakeland’s Dining Services operation, rising to the position of kitchen student supervisor. He also enjoyed two internships and a resultant part-time, paid position with the YMCA, where he mentored youth and designed programming.
While at Lakeland, Hall also met his future wife, Ashley Jennings, a criminal justice major and fellow 2016 graduate who’s now thriving at College Possible in Milwaukee and planning to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling degree.
During his final semester, Hall compiled a 4.0 grade point average, something he had set as a goal. Those who know him know that once he sets a goal, he achieves it.
At the recent Workforce Career and Internship Fair in West Allis, Wis., Enterprise was one of hundreds of businesses and organizations represented. Manning the Enterprise table was Hall, who beamed when he saw a Lakeland University contingent there.
“I love talking to people; everybody knows that,” he said. “I was so excited to see the Lakeland people there. It brought back lots of good memories.
“I always recommend Lakeland to everybody. I tell people, ‘If you go to Lakeland, I guarantee you will love it.’ ”