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Interview: Meet Gerry DeRoche

Monday, December 18, 2017

Boston Voyager writes about the hidden gems of Boston and the surrounding areas. NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche was interviewed as part of a series of articles featuring interviews with Boston’s most inspiring businesses.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
For many years I was a banker in Boston, where mergers and downsizing were a large part of daily life as the industry underwent dramatic changes.

In 2007 I decided to change careers and do something with a social purpose. I consulted for a few years to not for profits. In 2010 I joined NEADS as its CEO. For me, it was a perfect fit: One of its programs provides dogs to individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired. My father was profoundly hard of hearing. They train dogs. As a family, we love dogs and have two golden retrievers. Finally, NEADS provides the opportunity to interact with clients while they live on campus during their training.