President, CEO, Co-Founder – JDog Brands
Jerry is an Army Veteran and entrepreneur who, along with his wife Tracy, have created a national Veteran brand dedicated to empowering Veterans through entrepreneurship. Rooted in the military values of respect, integrity, and trust, the JDog Junk Removal franchise system has become a nationwide movement, creating business and employment opportunities for Veterans and Veteran family members.
Jerry launched the first JDog Junk Removal franchise in 2011. It was a two-person operation – Jerry hauled junk and Tracy managed the back office. As a Veteran, Jerry gained trust and credibility with customers quickly, and referrals came easy. Within a year, he had more business than one person could handle and began hiring local Veterans who embodied the brand’s values.
Through Jerry’s vision and leadership, JDog Junk Removal has since grown to more than 500 territories with 200 active locations, 90 percent of which are Veteran owned. To date, the company has created more than 1,000 job opportunities across the United States.
Jerry served in the Army from 1987 to 1989 and finished at the top of his class. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal.
Since transitioning back to the civilian world, Jerry has committed himself to helping Veterans be successful in business. He teaches an entrepreneurial boot camp for Veterans at St. Joseph’s University, and at Boots to Business for Veterans, an entrepreneurial program offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. He’s a member of the West Point Society of Philadelphia, the International Franchise Association, and VETFRAN, which provides access and opportunities in franchising to Veterans and their spouses.
Jerry also founded the JDog Foundation, which donates scholarship funds to military branches.
For his contributions to the Veteran community, Jerry has been awarded the 2016 Vetrepreneur of the Year award from the National Veteran-Owned Business Association and the 2016 Man of the Year award from Philly/Jersey Man Magazine.
Jerry is also a board member at JD Investment Company.