GLEN ELLYN – While volunteering with the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, Alex Demos was given the task of running the Taste of Glen Ellyn and taking the festival’s revenues to the old Center Bank at the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Road.
Through his banking transactions, he got to know the head teller, Lisa, and eventually asked her on their first date to the Jaycees Haunted House, which he helped build.
Demos’ volunteer work with the village provided him with experience and knowledge. But it also gave him another gift: his family. He later married Lisa and raised three children with her in Glen Ellyn.
“What I’ve received and given, I’m on the winning side of that,” said Demos, who was elected an Glen Ellyn’s village president in April.
Demos moved to Glen Ellyn with his parents for the village’s schools just before entering first grade.
He attended Spalding Elementary School, Hadley Junior High, Glenbard West High School and the College of DuPage.
After growing up in Glen Ellyn, he knew he wanted his kids to enjoy everything the village had to offer.
While studying at COD, Demos started his first business, now called Professional Paving and Concrete Company, Inc. Since then, the entrepreneur has owned several other businesses in Glen Ellyn and the surrounding areas, including Countryside Customs, Vantage Point Investigations and Drive-Up Services, Inc.
Demos’ business sense is one of the greatest assets he brings to the Village Board, Trustee Pete Ladesic said, adding a private sector mentality in government helps it run more efficiently.
Demos said he wants to see the board incorporate more private business practices in the municipal process, and one of his goals as village president is to encourage businesses to settle in Glen Ellyn.
“As a leader, you need to be very reactive, but you also need to be proactive,” Demos said.
Demos respects the village’s last president, Mark Pfefferman, who showed an incredible amount of energy and passion for the job, he said.
As Demos settles into his new role, he’s doing his best to demonstrate the same qualities to the residents of the village he’s called home for 44 years.
After everything Glen Ellyn has given to him, he’s never thought of living anywhere else.
“Through a progression of benefits, I realized this is the place to stay,” he said.