VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf/Irving gasoline operator with locations in eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was the recipient of the President’s Award from the May Institute during its “An Evening of Hope & Possibility” held at The State Room in Boston on April 4. David Wade of WBZ-TV/CBS Boston served as master of ceremonies.
May Institute, based in Randolph, Massachusetts, is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving those with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neuro-behavioral disorders and other special needs. It created the President’s Award to recognize and honor people, organizations or corporations who have achieved professional distinction through hard work and a strong commitment to bringing respectful awareness to and support of special needs.
Leo Vercollone, CEO of VERC, accepted the award on behalf of the company, of which 20 percent of its workforce are intellectually and/or developmentally disabled.
“I was delighted to present Mr. Vercollone with our 2019 President’s Award in recognition of VERC Enterprises’ longstanding commitment to employing individuals with special needs,” said May Institute President and CEO Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP. “Verc has been one of May’s vocational training partners since 2011, and through the years has provided many of our students with valuable work experiences that have helped them develop independence, increased confidence and great joy.”
“What an honor to be recognized by an organization that is dedicated to providing services that meet such a wide range of needs,” said Vercollone. “I speak for the entire VERC Enterprises family when I say that this distinction makes us all proud and at the same time humbled—and further strengthens our commitment to be a leader in hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
VERC maintains ongoing partnerships with organizations including Best Buddies, ARC of Greater Plymouth and others to provide employment opportunities for them. It also is working with the state’s Re-Entry program to provide employment opportunities for former inmates who have been rehabilitated.
VERC began 50 years ago with a single car wash in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Today, the business remains under family ownership with Vercollone’s sons Leo and Paul serving as CEO and SVP, respectively. Longtime team member Jim Fitzgerald serves as the company’s president.