Category : Franchise

People on the Move: Kevin Kopa

Philadelphia FIGHT has named Barbara L. Bungy chief operating officer for its Community Health Centers. A member of FIGHT’s board of directors since 2012, Bungy most recently served as secretary. She had been with Drexel University College of Medicine within the department of pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in several management positions, including as executive director for the Center of the Urban Child, HIV prevention services program manager.

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, a Berwyn firm working to increase career opportunities for military veterans, has named Marine Corps vet Kevin Kopa the national franchise’s new vice president of quality assurance. Kopa served for six years in the Marine Corps Reserve, where he was deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had been national account manager for ReTrans. JDog sells franchises exclusively to military veterans and their family members and recycles and repurposes collected material.

GreenLight Fund, a Boston-based nonprofit venture-capital firm with offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Cincinnati, has named Omar Woodard managing director of its Philadelphia office. Most recently, he was policy director to State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, and prior to that principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners in Washington.

Grace X. Ma has been appointed associate dean for health disparities and professor in clinical sciences at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She is the founding director of the Center for Asian Health and will retain her duties there, as well as continue to serve as Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health at Temple University, and as a member of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Population Science Division.

Laurie Bartolomeo, John Kemble, and Drew Desjardins were promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president at Dudnyk, a Horsham health-care marketing company. Dan Zaksas was promoted to senior vice president, director of medical and scientific affairs, from vice president, scientific director.

Navigate, a management-consulting firm based in Wayne, has hired Cyndi Stains as chief financial officer. She had been CFO at Cozen O’Connor. Ian Waxman, former senior manager in Deloitte’s risk and regulatory practice, has been named principal. Susan Kennedy, former senior IT director, business services, at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named senior manager.

Discovery Laboratories Inc., a specialty biotechnology company in Warrington developing aerosolized therapies for respiratory diseases, has hired Craig Fraser as president and chief executive officer. He also has been elected to the company’s board. Fraser had been chief operating officer at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and held senior management positions at Wyeth/Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and Centocor.

AccuWeather, the Harrisburg provider of weather information and digital media, has hired Sarah Katt as vice president of product development and operations for the AccuWeather Network. She had been content strategy and acquisition lead for Verizon FiOS1 Network.

Philabundance, the Philadelphia nonprofit hunger-relief organization, has hired Jennifer C. Barnhart as director of community food programs. She joined from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she was the director of impact, health, and basic needs.

Lovell Minnick Partners, a Radnor and Los Angeles private-equity firm specializing in financial services and related business-services companies, has hired Greg Dutovas an associate in its Philadelphia office. He had been an investment-banking analyst in the financial-institutions group in the New York office of RBC Capital Markets. Benjamin Kaplan has been appointed a vice president and Steven Korff an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kaplan made private investments at the family office of a founding partner of a private equity fund. Korff served as an investment-banking analyst at Citigroup Global Markets in San Francisco.

Rick Osberg, a PGA golf professional has joined the sales team at BMW of Devon, a Sloane Dealership.

He is now in his sixth year of car sales

Russel E. Kaufman has been hired as chief medical officer of Kentmere Healthcare Consulting Corp., a Wilmington firm that provides proprietary outpatient laboratory- and genetic-testing utilization management programs. Kaufman, a practicing physician in biomedicine for 35 years, had been president and CEO of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, from which he retired in March 2015, and is president emeritus. Prior to his tenure at Wistar, he had been chief of hematology/oncology, vice dean, and vice chancellor at Duke University, where he is an emeritus professor.

National Penn Bancshares Inc., Allentown, has promoted Michelle L. Gazdik to vice president, from Avon Grove branch manager.

Denise Croce was named executive vice president of clinical and provider management at Health Partners Plans, Philadelphia, a nonprofit managed health-care organization. She had been CEO at Aetna Better Heath of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Insurance Cos., Bala Cynwyd, has promoted Sam Garro to senior vice president of compliance, from vice president, and Patrick Walton to senior vice president of underwriting, from vice president.

National Penn Bancshares Inc., Allentown, has promoted Lori E. Morris, branch manager of a King of Prussia branch, to vice president.

Anthony E. Baldassano has been promoted to assistant vice president, store manager of a TD Bank branch in Frazer, from assistant store manager.

– Mike Zebe




Vet Makes Dream Reality, Starts first JDog Junk Removal RI Franchise


Warwick resident and Air Force veteran Bryan Lindley recently made his dream of operating his own business a reality when he became the owner of the first JDog Junk Removal and Hauling franchise in Rhode Island.

Based in Philadelphia, Pa., JDog is a growing national company offering exclusive business ownership opportunities to veterans and their families. The full service junk removal and hauling business caters to both residential and commercial customers for a flat fee, which covers labor and cleanup. Franchise owners operate easily recognizable, camouflage vehicles and trailers and wear military-style uniforms.

“We do commercial office moves, clean-outs, brush pickups. We deal with anything but hazardous materials,” Lindley said. “What separates us from competitors is that we do free on-site estimates and try to be accurate with our quotes. If we quoted you higher, we’ll lower prices to match the space that is taken up in our trailer.”

Lindley said JDog not only hauls junk away, but also cleans up the area.

“We clean more than what we take so it’s spotless when we leave,” he said, adding customers also get the satisfaction of supporting a veteran-owned business by using JDog.

Another goal of JDog is to avoid the landfill as much as possible.

“We try to stay out of the landfills by tapping into all the state recycling programs and donating what we can to charities,” Lindley said.

Lindley, who served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1985 to 1995, used to work in the tech industry, but he left it in September after 18 years because he was always looking to start a family business with his daughter Jesse, who will help support the day-to-day operations, and his wife Kelly, who will join the team in the near future when she retires from a 30-year career with JC Penney, where she currently serves as the store manager in North Attleboro, Mass.

“My daughter was instrumental in doing this,” he said. “The corporate world had been grinding me down and I’d always dreamed about doing this for a while. This is a dream come true for all of us.”

Lindley said he had to put up an initial investment of $25,000 for the franchise cost, plus additional money, including the purchase of a Hummer-H2 military vehicle and trailer, for a total cost of $60,000 to $70,000.

Lindley runs the business out of his home, which is located on the Warwick-East Greenwich line. Since he is currently the only Rhode Island JDog franchise, he could service the entire state but he said his service area would mainly consist of central Rhode Island and the surrounding areas.

Lindley said JDog was started by an Army veteran, who decided to franchise the business in an effort to support veterans and their families.

“The JDog team is supported by an experienced board of advisors, including decorated military officers and business professionals, who understand the unique attributes and qualifications of veterans,” Jerry Flanagan, founder of JDog, said in a press release. “Every operations member of the JDog team has served our country, and now we’re banding together to serve their local communities.”

Lindley plans to carry forward that same effort by hiring “as many vets as I can.”

“Vets hiring vets,” he said. “My plan is to expand through programs like compensated work therapy with the VA [Veterans Administration] and Operation Stand Down, who we met with and talked about future employment opportunities.”

Lindley said this is an exciting time and he’s happy to be in Rhode Island.

“We’re thrilled,” he said. “My family grew up here in Rhode Island, which is a great state for supporting veterans and a great state for this type of business.”

Lindley said a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held on Monday, March 14 starting at 4 p.m. at Dan’s Place, a restaurant located on 800 Victory Highway in West Greenwich. Light food and free drinks will be available following the ribbon cutting at 4:30.

“We were looking for a veteran-operated business for the grand opening and the owner of Dan’s Place was a marine,” he said, adding the JDog CEO will be in attendance as well as a JDog franchisee from New Hampshire.

For more information or to schedule a pickup, visit and enter your zip code or call 585-7320 or 1-844-GET-JDOG.