When I was younger, I was a closet fan of “gangsta” rap: Ice T, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, etc. The music worked for me. It was my motivator when I went to the gym. On a lot of these albums, the artist includes a shout-out track. Amid, big beats and loud guitars, the rapper thanks all the folks who helped him on the album. WRCS is celebrating it’s one year anniversary and its ‘bout time to give some shout-outs.
INSERT MUSIC HERE (think kick-ass bass drum and the rhythmic ting of the high hat. 3 and 2 and 1…….)
Southeaster Vermont Community Action. These folks offer TONS of services. SEVCA’s Micro Business / Asset Development Program has been a huge asset. At moments of uncertainty, they pushed me forward.
Springfield Regional Development Corporation. I have worked with the Springfield office for the last 6 years. Great group of folks. They have helped with everything from writing a business plan to financing. Debra Boudrieau was especially helpful.
Eric Velto and Massucco Law were recommended to me through the radio station at which I work, WOOL.FM Radio. Eric has been very helpful. Also a shout out to Attn. James Young of Londonderry VT. Both of you are great at what you do. You are true professionals.
The Vermont Small Business Development Center. Training, Advice, and Resources. Enough said.
Tristan McKenna Owner of Cheshire Family Funeral Homes and Tri State Crematory of Keene, Troy NH, many thanks. You are a gentleman and a true professional. There is not a funeral director in the state of Vermont who would talk to me. Tristan took the time to talk to me and without that I wouldn’t be here at all. Tristan and his associate John have been very professional and helpful. (If you need any type of mortuary services in the Keene area, this is the man to see.)
The Vermont Secretary of State Office has also been very professional and helpful. I have talked to just about everybody in that office at one time or another and have always been treated well. Special thanks to Dan Vincent of the investigation/inspection office. The man knows his job. Firm but fair. Thanks.
The Vermont Department of Labor has been very helpful in some wage and hour issues I have had with my former employer. After talking to the leadership team at the federal level, they are continuing the fight on my behalf.
Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis has been an excellent resource and her management team in Washington, Boston, and Vermont has helped me on a number of issues. They have not rested and I appreciate that.
The Office of Professional Regulations has helped with everything from the on set to present day. I have had a huge amount of work with this office. Starting a new kind of death care business has been a sort of discovery process for OPR and myself. We got though it! Everyone has been super helpful.
Aaron at Tribute Artistry Monuments has been very easy to work with. This man is very talented! If you need any kind of monument services, this is the gentleman to visit. He will even help you pick a stone off your own property and personalize just for you.
Joe Coon, aka “Bill 2″. Joe knocked on the door and said “You need any help?” He has been with me ever since. Thank you Joe.
Paul Clipper is the latest staff added and he has been a big help already. Very happy that Paul is gonna be here and help us out.
Jana Bryan. I cannot thank Jana enough. She is my rock. Personally, she has gone above and beyond in every way that a true friend would. When I stumble, she reaches out to help me along. When I fall she picks me up and dusts me off and points me in the right direction. Professionally, she has been there whenever I have needed her. “what can I do to help?” I have heard those words from a lot of people in my life but Jana backs them up with action. She would do anything for me. And she has. I love you Jana.
What’s next? Of course I will continue to work to grow Williams River Services. It has been a year and yes we are still here. I will continue to work with all the organizations any many more that are important to me personally and professionally.
During the last few months I have been thinking about writing a book – the perspective of a funeral service advocate. Working title is “Do you want fries with that? The dumbing down of the American funeral.” What do you think?