“Don’t decrease the goal, increase the effort.”
Jake Tomlin, Florida State ’15, was born just south of Tampa Bay, Florida, and grew up in the state. He attended The Florida State University, earning his degree in Mass Communication. At Florida State, he joined the local Delta Chi Colony as a sophomore, eventually serving as the “E”, “F”, AMC, Recruitment Chair, Philanthropy Chair, Chartering Chair, and Social Chair. The Colony chartered the following year. Brother Tomlin credits the Fraternity for much of his personal and professional development, based on the experience gained through leadership positions in Delta Chi. As an undergraduate member, Tomlin pondered his professional future and the next step following college. While working with Becket Duncan, Missouri State ’13, a former Leadership Consultant, Tomlin recalls discovering his new potential.
“I remember Becket Duncan … worked with me on a consultant visit and really challenged me to reframe my approach to organization and leadership,” Tomlin said. “Following that, there was no question for me that my next step would be serving the Fraternity as a Leadership Consultant.”
Joining the International Headquarters (IHQ) staff in June 2015, Tomlin served on the expansion teams at Dalton State College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He eventually took over as the Director of Publications in November 2015, being tasked with the revival of the Delta Chi Quarterly. Tomlin then served as a campus-based professional at the University of West Florida, where he completed his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. While there, he worked with the Panhellenic Community and coached chapters from all councils while overseeing leadership development initiatives. Tomlin later worked at Elmhurst College in Chicago, Illinois, serving as the Coordinator of Student Activities and Sorority and Fraternity Life while working with stakeholders to increase the presence of culturally based fraternal organizations on campus.
Tomlin was intrigued by the possibility to return to the IHQ staff when the Director of Fraternity Services position opened up, leading to his eventual return in April 2019.
“This has been my dream role ever since my time as a Leadership Consultant and I couldn’t be more excited to work for an organization that literally helped me become who I am today.”
What do you like about working at Delta Chi?
I love working for Delta Chi because every day I get to work in an environment where innovation is not only encouraged, but it is expected. Every day, our team is actively seeking to find new ways to provide new services and initiatives for our members. I truly believe that each member of the staff and our Board of Regents has the best interest of our undergraduates and alumni in mind and goes above and beyond to make Delta Chi a better organization. I also appreciate that our core values are at the heart of everything we do. That is rare to find in a workplace setting. Last, but certainly not least, I love that it is easy to remember why I do what I do every day. Interacting with our undergraduate and alumni members further reinforces my love for this organization and the experience we provide when we do fraternity right.
What are the values that drive you?
I call my core values the five A’s; Authenticity, Ambition, Appreciation, Awareness, and Adaptability. Put simply, I believe in showing up as your full self, having a goal oriented mindset, being gracious and thankful for who and what you have, being conscious of who and what is impacted by your actions, and always being willing to learn, grow, and adapt to your mindset to be and do better. Delta Chi’s core values also play a huge role in my life, and I actively strive to find new ways to embody them in all that I do.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
When I’m not working, I spend most of my time traveling. My friends regularly joke that I might as well not have a home base because I’m always traveling for work or leisure. When I’m not on the go, I try to be the best dog dad that I can be to my eight-year-old boxer, I enjoy distance running, Orangetheory Fitness, going to any concert I get the chance to go to, and keeping up with reality television shows. I also try to stay very politically involved and volunteer for the candidates I support. I have also spent time volunteering for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, Phi Mu Fraternity, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.