His army career ended in 1988 and after a brief break, Gerry began to pursue a career in security.
In 2008 however, he wanted a change and joined the waste industry as a Spotter for Crown Recycling Services, a role he maintained for three years.
When a security guard position became available at the facility, Gerry, equipped with valuable experience, applied and secured the role. A career in security comes with challenges such as rapid decision-making and taking initiative—skills Gerry had honed during his time in the Army. Rediscovering his passion for the field brought him immense joy.
In 2017, Crown was acquired by Athens and Gerry joined the Athens Family. Leading up to this, many friends and colleagues had encouraged Gerry to consider Athens, highlighting the company’s warm embrace of veterans. The acquisition could not have come at a better time.
“I never worked at a place that was so appreciative of veterans,” said Gerry. “It’s more than just the gifts but the recognition is what matters.” He encourages veterans who want to be seen and appreciated to join the Athens Team.
Gerry lives in Los Angeles with his younger brother Gus and in his free time enjoys drone flying. He is just venturing into the hobby but hopes to advance his skills in the future.
On behalf of Athens, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all veterans across the U.S. for your dedicated service. We take great pride in having remarkable veterans like Gerry as valuable members of our team. On this holiday, please remember to express your gratitude to a veteran for their service and to honor the memory of those who have fallen.