Dad and 3 Sons Earn MBAs

I’ve always wanted to go back to school and get my MBA. With everything going on in my life, it just doesn’t seem realistic.

However, a Boston dad gives me hope…

Boston businessman Thomas Demakes, 69 and his sons received their MBAs from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School last week.

Demakes is CEO of family owned business, Old Neighborhood Foods, started by his Grandfather in 1914.

Along with sons, Elias, 34, Timothy, 32 and Andrew, 31 they took the same classes together and graduated together.

Don’t picture a Rodney Dangerfield “Back To School” experience. Oldest son Elias says, “A few of us went kicking and screaming but the old man kept us in line and made sure we showed up to every class.”

Papa Demakes says in addition to the education, it was a great way to spend time with his kids and bond.

This isn’t their 1st educational experience together. They previously graduated together from a two-year real estate appraiser’s license program at North Shore Community College and a three-year commercial real estate program from Boston University.

Some dads bond playing catch, others bond earning degrees.

They must have some serious continuing ed reimbursement program at Old Neighborhood Foods.

Congrats to the whole family!

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