Gerald “Jerry” Flanagan is the creator of the JDog brand and founder of the JDog Junk Removal system and serves as our President and CEO. Jerry’s business career has been focused primarily in the retail sales industry, where he has held various positions and founded, owned and operated a number of businesses. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army. He did basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and then went to Ft. Gordon, GA for Advanced Individual Training. He was later stationed at Ft. Stewart Georgia and achieved the rank of E-4 Specialist. Jerry is based at our corporate office in Berwyn, PA.
Tracy Flanagan is a co-founder of the JDog brand and serves as the Senior Vice President of the company. She chairs the JDog Spouses Advisory Board and handles franchisee training for customer service and workforce coordination. Tracy is very active in marketing the JDog brand, attending military job fairs, conferences and conventions. One of Tracy’s key roles is to speak to military spouses of JDog and support them in the business. Her grandfather (WW2), Step-Father (Korean War), and brother (Air Force Veteran) are the driving force behind her passion to promote the JDog mission of putting Veterans into their own business while supporting the military community. Tracy graduated from Harcum Junior College with an A.S. Degree.
Keith Seiwell serves JDog’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development and has primary responsibility for franchise sales. He is a decorated veteran of the United State Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel after 30 years of service. From 2009 to 2014, Keith was CEO of AZ Corporation based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Upon taking the position of CEO in December 2009, the corporation was essentially idle and on the verge of bankruptcy. He led a restructure and reorganization effort, and built it into a profitable, dynamic, three-company business in less than 18 months. Keith holds a Master’s degree from the College Interarmee de Defense (Paris, France 1994), and a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of Towson State University (BS) and Wesley College (AA).
James O’Flaherty is the Vice President of Operations and has primary responsibility for the day to day support of the JDog franchisees. James was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in August 2015 as a Captain, after serving multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan. His specialty was Field Artillery and was attached to several infantry battalions as a Fire Support Officer. James obtained a first degree black belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) and has multiple expert qualifications with the service rifle and pistol. James graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his B.A. (Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness) and B.S. (Criminal Justice) and is enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Villanova University.
Kevin Kopa is the Vice President of Quality Assurance and brings great experience and knowledge to the JDog Team. His responsibilities include ensuring that our franchisees are provided all the necessary tools to be successful. He accomplishes this by working closely with lead generating websites and by gaining corporate contracts to drive business to all of our Franchises. Kevin was in the Marine Corps. Infantry for 6 years and deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2008. After Graduating from West Chester University Kevin previously worked in the transportation industry as the operations manager for a third party logistics broker for the past 5 years.
Lauren Lampe is the Director of Marketing and brings creative insight to the JDog Team. Her responsibilities include Social Media management and content creation for JDog sites and advertisements. She works closely with the franchisees to ensure they are prepared to market themselves effectively in their local areas. Lauren comes from a military family dating back to her great grandparents. She graduated from McDaniel College in May of 2015 with a BA in Communication.
Dana Forester is the national Operations Manager at JDog HQ and assists new franchisees in launching their business as well as the ongoing day to day support of all the JDog franchisees. She is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Air Force where she trained as a Munitions Systems Specialist. She served under the historic 8th Air Force, 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA and at the 52nd Fighter Wing on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.
Dana has brought a unique blend of skills with her to JDog; strong marketing and management skills from her years at Comcast Corporation, sales experience as a Realtor and maintenance and mechanical knowledge from her military career. Dana comes from a strong military family. Most notably her Uncle, Ken Baldwin, who served as an Army Paratrooper in WWII, 101st Airborne, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Easy Company – he was an original member of the ‘Band of Brothers’.
Dana has 3 young sons who she hopes will carry on the family military tradition.
Erika Land is JDog’s Director of Sales and handles a range of responsibilities in support of both the local and national franchise markets. Erika several years of experience in sales, including real estate and advertising as well as commercial property sales and management. Erika coordinates conferences and begins the relationship with the veteran community through partnership and business development. Erika specializes in ethnographic research which gives her a broad perspective in the needs of today’s veterans while challenging the traditional views found in corporate practices. She comes from a family lineage of Military Veterans going back to both of her grandfathers. Erika is a 2013 graduate of Moore College of Art & Design (BFA) and also has her PA Teaching Certificate. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology at Eastern University with a focus in Theological studies.
Chris Debbas serves as Chairman of our Company. Chris is also co-founder and the Senior Partner of Julip Run Capital, LLC (www.juliprun.com), a private equity and management firm based in suburban Philadelphia that develops growth-oriented businesses that have unique competitive advantages through innovation, scale, or strategic position. Mr. Debbas has over twenty-five years of business experience in a variety of industries including aviation, automotive, information technology, health care, accounts receivable management, customer relationship management, distribution, records management, and market research. Mr. Debbas earned a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s University.
James “Jimmy” Griffiths is our Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Jimmy is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Julip Run Capital, an investment firm that provided the primary capital for our business. Jimmy has over 20 years of experience in areas of finance and accounting, financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions and operations, and during his career participated in in raising over $900 million of capital for the companies he supported. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Rhodes College in Memphis.
JDog Advisory Groups
The JDog management team relies on a several groups of advisors who provide a range of advice, counsel, perspective, direction, and entrée that has accelerated the growth of our business and enabled us to be more competitive in the marketplace.
The JDog Joint Chiefs are highly placed retired military officers and the most highly decorated combat veterans who provide insightful leadership and original thinking that engages unique resources, promotes our brand and serves our community of military veteran franchisees.
The Go JDog Boosters cross all military ranks and services and include veterans who advance and the JDog mission to get veterans in business and back to work. They contribute to our movement through networking and communicating in their circles of influence to get the word out to other veterans to Join the JDog Movement.
The JDog Spouses are the family partners of our business owners who are critical to the success of the JDog enterprise as any military family knows. They offer the trusted guidance and advice, caring support, and often play a day to day role in the local business operations.
The JDog Civilian Advisors include successful entrepreneurs and business people who understand and appreciate the JDog mission and have the means, resources and time to promote the JDog brand. They also provide the means and assets to support and advance other veteran organizations with whom JDog has relationships.