We know him as councilman DeSteph a strong voice in Virginia Beach city council. But this political heavy-hitter is one to say no to anything that interferes with a scheduled Daddy-daughter dinner. This may sound cliché, but to Bill DeSteph, family does come first. As DeSteph mentioned throughout my interview with him, “Accept that everything cannot get done today. On the 7th day even God rested. You just have to let go and you have to be okay with it.” But even with that attitude it was inspiring to learn about his typical day, even if it left me feeling that I don’t do nearly enough to maximize mine.
5:30 a.m.-6 a.m. The “nice little thing [alarm]” on DeSteph’s iPhone goes off. From there he takes a look at his text messages from the night before and a quick scan through email.
6:30 a.m. DeSteph has to get a workout in while watching FOX News or [during the Olympics], the women’s Olympic soccer game, Canada versus USA. Depending on the day he may do 20 minutes of aerobics and cross fit, which he’ll download. He’s really into cross fit lately as the weather has been to hot and humid to cater to his 1—3 hour bike rides. What DeSteph enjoys most about cross fit is his ability to work out more body parts. He tends to overdo it sometimes which leaves him sore forcing him to take it easy and hit the elliptical for abs. The morning workout for DeSteph is essential otherwise he feels a little “on edge” during the day.
8 a.m. Breakfast. If DeSteph does a high-strength workout he’ll do eggs for breakfast for the extra protein. If he does straight aerobics you’ll find him with a smoothie. DeSteph loves his Ninja blender for smoothies which he makes fresh with probiotic yogurt or a bowl of Cheerios—his favorite is the peanut butter kind. During this time he’ll begin responding to emails, “If I can get through 3 or 4 emails, that’s 3 or 4 less that I’ll have to respond to later.” During this time, he’ll skim through the Virginian-Pilot. He’s an absolute multi-tasker, “People say I can’t keep my attention straight on anything so I’ll do ten different things at once so I don’t get bored. I joke around that it’s OCD but it should be CDO in alphabetical order.”
9 a.m. DeSteph arrives at the office or he’s at a meeting with one of his constituents around the city. His two assistants, Jess and Stephen, really keep him on top of things. A lot of their duties are much more “business related” where they spend a lot of time banks, tracking spread sheets, or doing various audits on accounts. They also make sure that DeSteph’s bills to be paid are in day order and in order of importance stacked on his desk.
He’s known to be a numbers guy because of his degree in finance and background in computer science and electrical engineering. DeSteph has always enjoyed mathematics, “Not just numbers, but numbers on things like what’s the return on investment? And how does it all balance out. Asking the right questions and being able to pull it altogether quickly…whether a project is worth doing or not.”
Between 11:30 a.m. —1 p.m. De Steph breaks for lunch which is more often than not, Mexican food. “I love the salsas. The tomatoes, the salad stuff, as well as the meat. You can get a chicken chimichanga not fried. No siesta, but there are days where I could really use one.”
1 p.m. DeSteph has a dance lesson. Today is salsa, bachata and merengue. “I’m not that good. I’ve been taking lessons for a while. And I enjoy it. It’s one of those things that has been on the bucket list.” When asked if he’d ever compete, he said never, “I have two left feet.”
Between 3 p.m.—5 p.m. DeSteph tries to be home even if it’s just for an hour to catch up on things such as calls with constituents.
6 p.m. Most evenings are when DeSteph is pulled in all sorts of directions to attend events all over the city. For instance August 7th was the 29th Annual National Night Out, an evening dedicated to crime and drug awareness. DeSteph is a reserve deputy sheriff. There were 20 different events just for that, DeSteph attended two of them. The same night, Delegate Ron Villenueva had a fundraiser which DeSteph sponsored and attended.
9 p.m. On this particular evening, DeSteph met with friends at Gordon Biersch for some French fries and cod fish sticks, which he regretted and promised to work off in the morning.
10 p.m. DeSteph finally arrived home and worked on some more spreadsheets for another hour and a half.
11:30 p.m.—1 a.m. Bedtime.