Father’s Day 2023

June 15, 2023
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“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”
This Father’s Day, we’re celebrating the exceptional duo of David and Bradley Kerxton who both work at the JCC. Discover more about their relationship and how they manage family dynamics in the workplace. (Spoiler Alert: They love working together!)

What do you do at the JCC? How long have you worked here?

David: I am the Operations Manager at The Gordon Center. I have been with The Gordon Center for two years. I came here after 36 years working in respiratory therapy.
Brad: I have worked at the JCC for 18 years. I started as a camp counselor and when I graduated college, I was hired full time. I grew up going to the JCC and always loved being here. I am currently the Senior Director of Operations.

What two things create a perfect day at work?

David: For me, it’s working with great people and being busy.
Brad: When our members have a great day and when I can laugh with my co workers.

Has working together strengthened your relationship with your child (father)? How?

David: I am so proud of Bradley and what he has done at the JCC. Seeing him interact with everyone and how he gets things done. Seeing him always makes me happy.
Brad: I think I just see him a lot more and can update him on my life in real time. I think seeing him so happy at this job has been great! We speak a lot more now! 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve given to your child? (What is the best piece of advice your father has given you? Did you take it?) Did they take your advice?

David: I didn’t have to give him advice. Seeing him work hard and running around reminds me of my 36 years as a respiratory therapist. He is just like me. We don’t know when to stop and we love it.
Brad: I think the best piece of advice that he gave me is to follow your heart. It is what led me to do this type of work.

What is your child’s (father’s) superpower?

David: His energy! I wish I still had that energy!
Brad: His humor.

What are your tips for balancing work and family?

David: Have fun at work, especially if you work with great people. But you must always find more time to be with family. Family is most important to me. I always want to see my family.
Brad: To just be in the moment wherever you are. If you’re at work, be at work; if you’re at home, be at home.  

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