VETRN Program Helps Military Veterans Grow Their Own Businesses, Graduates Third Cohort

by Matt Benedetti

FRANKLIN, MA- On March 3, 2018, nine military veteran entrepreneurs earned their certificates after successfully completing the VETRN Streetwise MBA program at Dean College offered through a partnership with Interise, a large, Boston based nonprofit.

The rigorous 13-week program, which is free to veteran-owned small business owners and family members, was designed to build a three-year growth plan, including management, financial analysis, cash flow management, sales & marketing and operational expertise. The goal of the program is to enable the veteran participants to build revenue and profitability and create a sustainable business growth plan for these entrepreneurs and former service members.  The VETRN program is presented exclusively for veteran cohorts and is based on the award-winning Emerging Leaders curriculum taught by Interise in over 70 cities across the USA on behalf of the Small Business Administration.

Owner of Shamrock Overhead Door, Josh Smith, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan said he found the program to be extremely worthwhile.

“Through this program alone, I was able to grow an additional 45 percent in revenue within a short time,” said Smith. “Knowing the ins and outs of business, while meeting key contacts helped Shamrock Overhead Door to grow. I would highly recommend this course to veterans or spouses and family members of a veteran-owned business, “ he said.

The course culminated with each participant presenting their three-year growth plan, demonstrating proficiency in the comprehensive business growth drivers necessary to become successful.  The program includes providing Mentors for every participant, peer to peer mentoring and presentations by highly experienced guest lecturers, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.

One of those featured speakers was Charlie Liberge, President of Jones & Vining, who said he was honored to participate in the program.

“Having the opportunity to work with the VETRN organization has been an outstanding experience,” said Liberge. “The ambition, desire to succeed and willingness to learn demonstrated by each student only adds to the satisfaction felt by those who participate as presenters and mentors,” he added.

Dan Gallagher, a Marine veteran and owner of Dan’s Rubbish Removal and Dumpster Rental, also said he felt very positive about his experience and would highly recommend the VETRN program to other veteran-owned small businesses.

“It’s a phenomenal class and I would recommend it to any veteran running a business,” said Gallagher. “You learn so much from Lee, the guest speakers and your veteran classmates,” he said.

Lee Goldberg founded the VETRN program with the first class offered at Northeastern University in 2014. As an Army veteran, having served as an officer in the Vietnam War, he understood through his own experience that transitioning veterans have limited exposure to industry professionals and networking opportunities for career advancement and professional development due to their service. As one career military officer who started his own business upon retiring from the military, told Lee “I am an Ops Guy. I never learned about sales & marketing in the military.”

“Giving back to veteran small business owners by teaching them the skills necessary to grow their small businesses and become successful is a labor of love,” said Goldberg, a leader in the Boston business and financial community for more than 40 years and President or CEO of fourteen companies during his distinguished business career.

Goldberg said he is committed to enhancing a veteran’s quality of life through professional development, business knowledge, access to networking and the professional resources needed to become successful in his or her own business.

“Watching other veterans learn what it takes to become successful and grow their business is very gratifying,” said Goldberg. “Just as I was given an opportunity to develop professionally when I returned from Vietnam, due to a successful veteran giving back to another transitioning veteran, it is important to me to help those veteran small business owners who don’t have the knowledge, contacts, professional resources or mentors necessary to help them become successful.”

The Small Business Administration District Director, Bob Nelson, awarded Goldberg the prestigious SBA District Director Award in November 2017 for his outstanding contribution to the entrepreneurial success of veterans and small businesses throughout Massachusetts and the New England region.

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Massachusetts VFW Member Deployed to Puerto Rico for Three Months in Hurricane Maria Aftermath

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Article by Matt Benedetti

The idyllic autumn weather in Amherst, Massachusetts mirrored the optimism of five college students returning to class. Gamalier Rosa did not share their enthusiasm as his sights turned to home.

The 32-year-old Post Commander of VFW Post 754 was following the developing news of Hurricane Maria, a powerful category 4 storm.

Reports describing the widespread damage throughout Puerto Rico were particularly unsettling to Rosa, a native of Aguadilla, PR. The September 20th hurricane, the strongest storm to impact Puerto Rico in 89 years, overwhelmed the archaic power grid plunging the U.S. territory into darkness. At least 60 people were killed, thousands injured and countless left without power.

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Rosa, an Army veteran of the Iraq War, felt compelled to help.

By Oct. 16, Rosa found himself walking through a devastated landscape with no streetlights, hazardous conditions and a curfew in effect. He remained there, distributing food, water and providing clean-up aid for the next three months.

“My town was destroyed, making it difficult to operate,” he recalled. “It was tough to see the kids walking around with ripped clothes and with no food and water,” he said.

Eric Segundo, Massachusetts VFW State Commander provided counsel in Rosa’s decision to volunteer for three months on the storm-swept island.

“After the storms occurred in the fall, a call was made from national to all the VFW’s for assistance. Massachusetts committed close to 20 thousand dollars in aid,” said Segundo. “Gam Rosa volunteered to go to Puerto Rico as our Disaster Relief Chairman to assist those directly affected by Hurricane Maria,” he said.

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“All the posts stepped up but Gam Rosa took it a step further and became our boots on the ground,” said Segundo.

Born in Puerto Rico, at 9-months-old Rosa moved to Worthington Street in Springfield, Mass splitting his childhood between both places.

After high school, he enlisted in the Army serving a tour in Iraq during 2010. Working as a civilian, Rosa missed the camaraderie and sense of purpose he found in the military. This enduring call to serve eventually drew him to VFW Post 754 in Amherst where he is now the Post Commander.

“The VFW is like a family and the posts in Florence and Southwick were very supportive and helped make the trip possible,” said Rosa.

With the VFW’s support, Rosa purchased much-needed generators for aid and rescue teams to conduct operations. As well, Rosa visited VFW Post 12064 CW2 Isaias Santos in Ponce, PR; which was the most active VFW Post after Hurricane Maria to organize food and water distributions to hand to the Veterans, Soldiers and their dependents, who came into their office to file for the VFW Unmet Needs Program Disaster Grant. It did not take long to realize his contributions were meaningful to those in need.

“It was heartbreaking to see the damage and hard not to get emotional,” he recalled. “I knew we were making a difference when we were able to distribute water and food to families that were suffering,” he said.

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Segundo believes that it is unprecedented to have a VFW member volunteer in this capacity for an extended period.

“Gam is a dedicated member of the Massachusetts VFW and we can’t express how much we appreciate his service,’’ he said.

“To have members step up like Gam to help fellow veterans and their families speaks to the dedication of our members-the commitment comes from the heart,” he said.

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Today, tens of thousands in Puerto Rico still have no electricity since Hurricane Maria struck five months ago.

“We are proud of Gam representing the Massachusetts VFW in this way. No one does more for veterans than the VFW,” said Segundo.

As winter reluctantly yields to spring in Amherst, Massachusetts, VFW Post Commander Rosa is busy leading VFW Post 754. His thoughts, however, are with the people of Puerto Rico as he waits for the next call to service.

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48 Hours From Eviction, Iraq War Veteran and Family Find Hope With the VFW

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Under normal conditions, Jayme Besse juggles whatever challenges come his way. A few months ago, however, the New Bedford resident found himself in an abnormal circumstance. In a mere 48 hours, he and his family faced eviction from their home

Besse, 34, has served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for 18 years and confronted his share of challenges during his military career. As a member of the 164th Transportation Battalion. Besse deployed to Iraq twice, Kuwait once and was activated for several domestic emergencies. The veteran staff sergeant (E-6) prides himself on his keen attention to detail and preparedness for any contingency.

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After contacting several organizations without result, a fellow guardsman suggested he contact the VFW. Although skeptical, Besse called Eric Segundo, State Commander of the VFW in Massachusetts.   

“Everyone I called, my situation didn’t meet their guidelines,” said Besse. “Then I spoke to Eric Segundo at the VFW.”

Besse was only two days from eviction when he made the call.

“Right off the bat, he asked what the VFW can do to help and put me in touch with Bill LeBeau,” he said. Lebeau is the State Adjutant and Chief Operating Officer at the VFW.

In those two days, Besse said the VFW found him a place to live and gave him peace of mind for the first time in months.

“Relax, focus on your job and family, we are going to help,” said LeBeau to Besse early in the process.

The caring attitude and instant connection found at the VFW made him feel comfortable opening up about his challenges, Besse said. 

“Relief doesn’t cover it. It was like holding your breath underwater and then finally getting your head above water,” Besse said.

Besse, who works as an MIS Technical Support Specialist with CVS, learned a lot about the VFW during the crisis.     

“It is not just a place to go for a cheap beer, the VFW is an organization that invests their time and resources into seeing veterans survive and thrive,” said Besse.

He advises veterans to look to the VFW in good times and bad. Any veterans, regardless of service, stateside or overseas, members or not, can seek assistance from the VFW.

“I’ve been to a lot of VFW posts and never realized they had the resources and programs that they do,” said Besse.  “Knowing about the VFW makes me feel like I can work hard but if there is something I can’t do on my own, I know the VFW will always be there,” he said.

“I don’t think I have ever been so grateful,” he added.

Segundo was glad the VFW could help a Massachusetts veteran during a difficult period.

“We strive to always do what we can to help our veterans and live up to our motto, No one does more for veterans,” said Segundo.

Besse, his family saved from homelessness, says he wants all veterans in need to be aware of the services the VFW provides. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.vfwma.com.

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Massachusetts VFW and Local Businesses Help Soldier’s Family in Time of Need

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The temperature seemed to precipitously drop with the fading sun one late afternoon in Carver, Mass.  The noticeable chill in the air was likely a harbinger of a long winter prompting Jim Delprete to zip his coat.

Mr. Delprete, the president of Beantown Home Improvement, had just finished giving an estimate on the Flaherty residence. Pots and pans positioned across the kitchen floor made it clear the roof required extensive repair and replacement.

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“A few of the family’s funding requests fell through but the roof couldn’t wait, so we decided to fix it right away,” said Delprete.

What remained unclear was how Delprete would be compensated for the comprehensive project.  Standard practice on each project expects payment at the beginning, middle and conclusion of the work. Regarding this current job, that policy would be challenged.

One of the homeowners was a deployed soldier and his wife had indicated that immediate payment was not possible.

Delprete weighed his options.

A staunch supporter of military members, Beantown offers a 20 discount for veterans, Delprete elected to make the necessary repairs and seek reimbursement later.

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“I was happy to help and understood the situation,” Delprete said.

The pots and pans were gone from the kitchen but Rebekah Flaherty was faced with another set of problems. A deployed husband, a crying toddler and now a substantial bill that could not yet be paid.

Requests for assistance had been fruitless until she reached the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Massachusetts.

“As soon as we contacted the VFW, we got immediate help,” said Flaherty. “It was such a quick response and we can’t thank the VFW enough,” she said.

“When a loved one is deployed he or she is not in a position to address problems back home,” said Bill LeBeau, State Adjutant and Chief Operating Officer for the VFW in Massachusetts.

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Funding for the roof was allocated by the VFW Unmet Needs fund and a partnership with Yuengling Beer through the Lagers for Heroes Program.

“100 percent of the donations raised go directly to support veteran’s assistance programs like this one,” said Jim Lowe, Yuengling District Manager for Massachusetts.

“We have all served overseas and understand the challenges”, said LeBeau, a Gulf War veteran. “We are here to ease the burden for the veteran and their families,” he added.

Lagers for Heroes Program is proud to work with the VFW to assist more veteran families in the future, according to Lowe.

“The VFW is an excellent organization and we are proud to partner with them in assisting veterans,” said Lowe.

LeBeau said the VFW is evolving to better support today’s veterans.

“We are active in the community and every VFW Post can provide the knowledge and resources to help,” he said. “No one does more for veterans than the VFW,” said LeBeau.

To learn more, or get involved, please visit http://www.vfwma.com.

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BOSTON VFW SERVICE OFFICE STANDS WITH VETERANS

No one does more for veterans.

When a young person raises their right hand taking the oath of enlistment to serve in the U.S. Military, he or she willingly accepts the inherent risks associated with defending our country.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are trained to fight our nation’s enemies under adverse conditions in any environment.

After leaving the military, however, these veterans are much less prepared to fight for benefits earned while serving during an overseas campaign.

Fortunately, due to the steadfast support of the men and women of the VFW in Massachusetts and across the country, these veterans know that they will not be fighting this battle alone.

VFW State Service Officers are staunch advocates for veterans seeking advice relative to managing the byzantine process of accessing VA benefits. Any veterans, regardless of service, stateside or overseas, members or not, can seek assistance from the VFW.

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Delray Dorsey is the State Service Officer for Massachusetts and a Gulf War Navy veteran. He understands the frustration felt by campaign veterans seeking help with the VA and his staff is specifically trained to handle federal claims on their behalf.

“They come into the office looking for guidance and from start to finish, we are working with that veteran,” said Dorsey from his office on the 15th floor of the JFK Federal Building in downtown Boston.

“We help them wade through the bureaucratic red tape and whatever resources that the veteran needs, we help provide it,” said Dorsey, who also serves as Post Commander for VFW Post 1399 In Weymouth, Mass.

A certified EMT, Dorsey possesses a granular understanding of the medical nuances related to many VA claims. As well, his assistant Leah LaPointe is a paralegal and brings her expertise to her role as claims consultant and office manager. She has served in this position for seven years.

Dorsey describes Lapointe as the ‘backbone of the office.’

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“I enjoy helping people,” said LaPointe with a bright smile.  

“You aren’t going to get rich doing this job and you have to want to help someone, who better than someone who served our country? asked the Jamaica Plain native.

Certain cases take years to resolve and if the outcome is favorable to the veteran, LaPointe shares their sense of relief.

“We do the research, take the time and intervene when we need to,” said Lapointe whose father and husband are both veterans.

“I have had the unique experience of telling someone good news and they cry, then I cry” she laughed.  “It’s extremely rewarding,” she added.  

Both Dorsey and Lapointe, armed with their respective medical and legal expertise, comprise a strong team representing the Boston VFW office.

“When a veteran comes in for help with a claim, they are never handed a packet of paperwork to fill out. We manage the paperwork and the only thing they leave here with is a handshake, a business card and a smile,” he said.

Veterans are encouraged to contact Delray at delray.dorsey@va.gov and Leah at leah.lapointe@va.gov or call 617-303-5689 for assistance with VA related claims.

“Our door is always open,” said Dorsey.

The Boston VFW office is located at the JFK Federal Building Suite 1500C, Boston Ma. 02203        

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We Are Brabo

Scott Hokanson, Sr.

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Scott Hokanson Sr.  

President, BRABO Benefits

“I am not a general contractor, I’m a finished carpenter,” said Scott Hokanson Sr. explaining his approach to employee benefits as President of Brabo Benefits. “A lot of health insurance people out there don’t like health insurance, I’m a health insurance expert,” he said.

The 45-year-old Marquette University graduate flashes a wide smile and takes pride in discussing the work of Brabo, the company he founded in May 2013.

An expert in helping companies manage the purchase, evaluation, communication and implementation of benefit plans, Hokanson is considered a subject matter expert in the employee benefits space. He has been invited by several business organizations to share his expertise on topics ranging from healthcare reform to insurance underwriting.

“My goal is to be a trusted resource to our clients helping provide the best employee benefits for their company, employees and family” said Hokanson, who is also an American Mensa member.

Brabo currently supports approximately 600 companies with payroll, benefits, human resources and bookkeeping services. One hundred percent of clients are based on referrals.

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After leaving a position at a Wall Street firm in 2013, he decided to start an employee benefits firm based in Plymouth, Mass. “I had 20 years of experience in this industry and with all the confusion relative to Obamacare, I knew we could provide a valuable service,” he said.

“It was a real leap of faith. I had to convince my bride to invest our life savings in the company but I was confident that we could do it,” he said.

The Kingston resident and married father of five understood and accepted the risks associated with the ambitious venture that required substantial personal investment.

“It was a unique environment with Obamacare changing things and there was a real flight to quality,” he said. “People needed our help and I knew that if we did right things, it would all work out,” he added.

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“We are available, we answer the call and we are good at what we do,” he said.

Hokanson also points to the Brabo culture as a reason for client loyalty.

“We work very hard at building relationships in the community and with one another,” he said.

“Being active in the community and responsive to our client’s needs is important. We handle people’s taxes and health insurance, both very personal relationships,” he said.

“When someone calls with a health insurance issue and we solve it, you have a client for life,” he said.

Brabo’s recent expansion to Cape Cod and addition of 5o new clients to an already strong portfolio signals continued growth for the 4 ½-year-old company.


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Heather Hennessey

Vice President, BRABO Payroll

The EMT certification class offered at Northeastern University in 2007 had been a challenging, time consuming but ultimately rewarding experience for Heather Hurlburt.

The pre-med student enjoyed taking the course, made a few good friends and satisfied an academic requirement. Of course, she was relieved the class reached its conclusion and was poised to pursue the next phase of her medical training.

Quiet and reserved by nature, she had no interest in attending the end of course cookout being thrown by a classmate in Hull.

It was only under extreme social pressure that she acquiesced and agreed to attend.

During the class, Heather had rarely spoken to the host, Kevin Hennessey. She could not possibly be aware, however, that her decision to attend this end of class soiree would profoundly change the course of her life and eventually her last name.

Ten plus years later, much has changed.

Kevin and Heather Hennessey are now married and proud parents of Aiden, 9, and newborn Conor. The couple are also business partners, running the successful Plymouth based Brabo Payroll. The two-year-old company has grown exponentially, recently partnering with 5o additional clients and expanding Brabo’s footprint to Cape Cod.

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Working towards her academic goals, Heather embarked on a solo 5- week international medical internship in Nepal.

Flanked by China and India, Nepal is a landlocked, mountainous Central Asian country that was closed to the outside world until the 1950s.  After receiving her itinerary, the Plymouth native dusted off her passport, which featured a lone stamp from a high school trip to France, packed her bags and embarked on the 24- hour journey to Kathmandu.

“Pouring a cup from a 5-gallon drum of water over your head was the closest thing to a shower,” she recalled. “Food was prepared on the floor and I was mortified and worried that I would get sick, which is what happened,” she said.

Staying with a host family in austere conditions, Heather adjusted to life alone in the shadow of the Himalayan Mountains.

During the fourth week, she contracted Giardia, a parasitic illness and treated with antibiotics. She worried how she could endure the return trip to the United States.

“I remember being so sick and wondering how I would survive the 24-hour flight back home,” she said.

Despite the hardships, she found the experience to be enlightening.

“It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. To fly out was scary, especially being by myself. I trusted in these strangers. I was braver then and I was lucky,” she said with a laugh.

Kevin and Heather both earned EMT certificates but would not use them professionally as originally planned. However, both would forge the same path personally and professionally ultimately became the president and vice president respectively of Brabo Payroll.

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Aidan was a year old in 2010 when Heather decided to take a hiatus from her medical studies to spend more time with him. Her father, Stephen Hurlburt, owned several businesses including a bar, auto body shop and towing company.  She took on the responsibility of management.

“He needed help and I started in towing dispatch and eventually ended up running his bookkeeping, writing appraisals, hiring and firing,” she recalled.

The work was a sharp contrast from the medical field in which she had become accustomed but was nonetheless valuable.

“I learned how to manage and operate multiple companies at once,” she said.

She said working for her father challenging, but an experience that would serve her well when Kevin asked her to help with his then-fledgling company, Brabo Payroll.

“Kevin is not an office person and needed my expertise with the organization and managing all of the paperwork,” she recalled.

Living and working together was not exactly a seamless transition.

“It was a nightmare,” she remembered with a chuckle. “He would say yes to everything and I would say no.”

Brabo’s success has tempered those initial anxieties.

“It’s much better now that you can see it all unfolding. I could never imagine growing so fast,” she said.

Brabo’s recent expansion to Cape Cod and addition of 50 new clients to an already strong portfolio signals continued growth for the company.


Brenna Flynn

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Brenna Flynn

Relationships Manager

“This phone call is going to change your life,” said Kevin Hennessey to an incredulous Brenna Flynn.

Recently returned from California, Brenna Flynn, a native of Sutton, Mass was in the process of adjusting to life back in New England. Flynn was at a career crossroads when she received the call from Kevin Hennessey.

She was driving with a friend when she took the call.

“Oh, please,” she recalled saying with a laugh.

After a lengthy discussion and subsequent lunch in Providence, Kevin persuaded her to join his new company, Brabo Payroll.

“I accepted because I knew Kevin and how passionate he was about helping clients and establishing great relationships,” she said.

“At first, I was skeptical but Kevin was right. He usually is,” said Brenna, the then Relationships Manager at Brabo Payroll in Plymouth, Mass.

“He believed in me and I am so glad he called,” she said.

Excited For Her New Role

In her now current role of Executive Assistant to the President, Kevin Hennessey, the Fitchburg State University graduate draws on extensive corporate experience in sales, marketing and administration to help enhance customer engagement and drive revenue for Brabo.

“I am the ‘go to’ person for clients who have a question or are confronting a problem,” she said. “I am not going to refer you to someone else, I will make sure the problem gets solved.”

“He wants to make sure things are done right and he cares, he just cares,” said Brenna relative to working for Kevin.

Brenna attributes a great deal of her recent success to Kevin’s and Heather’s guidance and encouragement.  “They believed in me and reminded me of what I could accomplish,” she said. “I was so afraid of disappointing them.”

“People aren’t numbers to him and he wants customers to have the best experience possible at Brabo,” she said.

The two share a close friendship and implicitly understand one another. Brenna’s organizational acumen and keen attention to detail serve to balance Kevin’s frenetic pace.

“I am able to offset the areas where he doesn’t excel so he can focus on his strengths,” she said.

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“I feel like Brabo is more like family than just a company. I feel like I am part of Brabo and not just drawing a paycheck,” she says regarding the supportive culture.

Brenna’s quality of life has improved immeasurably after starting at Brabo.

“My family and friends noticed a change and could tell that I love working here,” she said which she credits Kevin’s influence.

Brabo has grown exponentially over the last two years and in the past 60 days has doubled their client base augmenting an already robust client portfolio.


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Marine Veteran’s Business Serves Worcester Homeowners Rubbish Removal and Dumpster Rentals

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Dan Gallagher placed the two black Dunkin Donuts medium regulars on the table, removed the cover of one and glanced at his phone.  

“Excuse me, it’s a customer, I need to take this,” he said, leaving the steaming cup to take the call outside on the frigid January morning.

After a few moments, the owner of Dan’s Rubbish Removal and Dumpster Rental returned to his seat.

“Sorry, that was a real estate agent, he needs a ‘can’ today,” said Gallagher, referring to a dumpster.

The 34-year-old Worcester resident carefully logged the information into a worn notebook.

“I get back to my customers right way,” said the former Marine over a now lukewarm coffee. “They are counting on me.”

Another busy day has begun for the Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran turned entrepreneur and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I love to work hard and help people,” he said.  

This particular client was clearing out a relative’s home for sale. He needed a 15-yard dumpster delivered as soon as possible to avoid delaying the real estate transaction. Gallagher promised to deliver the ‘can’ by the end of the day. 

“Dan does what he says he is going to do. He honors his commitments with no surprises,” said Russ Haims of Hampton Properties LLC., a Worcester based real estate firm.

Haims, a real estate professional with 30 years of experience, is aware of the variables involved in any transaction.

“There are so many levels from the beginning to the end and things don’t always go as planned and time is critical. Dan is consistent, reliable and professional and someone I don’t need to worry about. Having that certainty and reliability in your arsenal is so important,” he said.   

Like many veteran entrepreneurs, Gallagher took a different path to entrepreneurship.

At 19-years-old, he demonstrated promise in the real estate business flipping homes for sale, however, Gallagher’s sights turned to serving his country. At 20 years old, the Dublin, Ireland native enlisted in the U.S. Marines.

“I knew that if I didn’t serve my country, I would always regret it,” he said.

In a career that started as a recruit at Parris Island and ultimately led him to the dust, debris and danger of Camp Fallujah, Iraq, Dan fulfilled his obligation to his adopted country and is satisfied with his decision.

“It was difficult but rewarding time and I met some lifelong friends that I still see today, ” he said.

One of those friends is Matt Couture, a fellow lance corporal who served with Gallagher. The pair were members of TOW Platoon (Anti-Tank Missile) Headquarters Company, 25th Marine Regiment in Iraq during 2005-2006.  

Couture recalls Gallagher as a good friend and great Marine.   

“We were always close and I knew he always had my back,” said Couture.

Their seven-month tour began over a pint of Guinness at Shannon Airport in Ireland en route to a place making daily headlines.  Deployed to Camp Fallujah, the pair manned entry points, performed perimeter security and guarded a nearby pump house among other roles.

“Dan has a great situational awareness and is always so steady,” said Couture. “We could always count on Dan and I’m sure his customers feel the same way.”

Many of his customers share this sentiment.

Jim Anketell, a partner with JAC Designer Services, hired Gallagher for many projects for his attention to detail and trustworthiness.

“We are a small, busy window treatment installer and generate a fair amount of trash. Meeting Dan was one of the best things to happen to me because he takes the stress away from part of my job,” said Anketell. “He is one of the most conscientious people I have ever meet his attention to detail, positive attitude and timeliness make doing business with him a pleasure. I would recommend him and his rubbish removal business to anyone. He is a step above in all aspects of customer service,” he said.

Gallagher’s company continues to grow in the Worcester area he loves servicing.

“Due to all of the construction, there has been an increased demand for our services,” said Gallagher. “The people in Worcester are great and like working with someone local.”

The husband, father, Marine and business owner is committed to providing his customers with reliable, professional and timely service.   

“My customers allow me to take care of my family and I make sure that I take care of them,” said Gallagher.

He took a sip of the now cooled coffee, glanced at his buzzing phone and said, “Excuse me again, it’s a customer, I need to take this.”

Gallagher headed to the door, waved goodbye and was off to serve his customers.   

Dan’s Rubbish Removal and Dumpster Rental can be reached at 508-796-5096 and at dansrubbush.com.

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