Owner, F45 Training Hampshire Meadows and F45 Training Riverdale; Assistant Business Agent/HSMO, Local 455/FirstLight Power; Age 35
After completing an eight-year millwright apprenticeship program through Local 1121 out of Boston, Deane quickly rose to the top of the ranks, ultimately managing crews of 60-plus as a keyman for APM and General Electric, then serving as a superintendent on several high-stakes outages throughout the country. In 2013, he accepted a position closer to home and joined IBEW Local 455 as an in-house mechanical maintenance operator with FirstLight Power, where he oversees all maintenance projects and control of the power plant’s three hydro stations and 11 generators, and has since become assistant business agent for Local 455. He later launched a franchise of F45 Training in Hadley, where he oversees 14 employees, and is opening a second franchise in West Springfield.
What three words best describe you? Positive, motivated, dad.
What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career? Navigating my side business from a single startup to two remunerative, life-changing fitness companies while simultaneously maintaining a full-time career, negotiating a CBA for my union peers, and raising three kids under 5.
What are you passionate about? Positivity and fun. I approach every situation, each day, with a positive attitude. Making sure everyone in the room has a smile on their face is paramount to me. I literally sing the chorus of “Live Like You Were Dying” to my children every night before bed.
Who inspires you, and why? My wife, Jessye. She sets out every day with the intention to make the world a better place. She is the kindest person I know and my most trusted advisor. She inspires me every day to work harder, be more thoughtful, and polish my sense of humor so I can stay funnier than she is.
How do you relieve stress? Exercising, working overtime, and enjoying craft beer — pretty much in that order.
What’s your favorite hangout or activity in Western Mass., and why? A Saturday-morning Hollywood session at F45 Training. It’s a party with a lot of sweat, a DJ, and a bunch of amazing people who have become like family.
What person, past or present, would you like to have lunch with, and why? I would like to sit at a table for three with Nikola Tesla and Post Malone. I am fascinated by the knowledge and innovation that an individual could have inside one mind. Plus, Tesla would be cool to meet, too.