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Veterans’ Voices: New England Veterans

With Veterans’ Day on November 11, we wanted to set commercial real estate discussions aside to take some time and honor  veterans currently working with us at Cushman & Wakefield and C&W Services in the Boston area.

We are fortunate to have these amazing people working for our team and supporting the Cushman & Wakefield Veterans’ Initiative.

Daniel Wells, General Manager, Asset Services

Daniel Wells

Served as: Captain, U.S. Army

  • 2005-2008:  4-31 Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York (Operation Iraqi Freedom  2006-2007)
  • 2009-2013:  1-24 Infantry Battalion, 1st Striker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska
    • Served as Platoon Leader in combat, Executive Officer in combat and garrison, Battalion Assistant Operations Officers in garrison, Headquarters Company Commander and Read Detachment Commander in garrison.
  • Dan is also currently involved with the West Point Society of New England and Project Healing Waters

 

Stephanie Pitts, Safety Manager; C&W Services

Stephanie PittsServed as: LT, U.S. Coast Guard (1998-2008)

  • Served as Marine Inspector/Investigator, inspecting foreign and domestic vessels for compliance with international and U.S. safety and security laws and regulations, ranging from small passenger vessels and cruise ships to the large chemical and oil tankers.
  • Also inspected maritime waterfront facilities, such as passenger terminals and international cargo ports, for compliance with U.S. laws. Acted as a first responder to reports of pollution or hazardous materials spills.
  • Stephanie is also part of Cushman & Wakefield’s Veterans’ Initiative Program

What does Veterans Day Mean to You?

Veterans day is a day of remembrance for all who have served to defend our country.  It’s a day to honor those who have fought to defend our country and to teach our future generations of the sacrifices others have made to provide the freedoms we enjoy today.

Chris Walsh, Senior Director, Brokerage, Cambridge, MA Team

Chris WalshServed as: 1st Lt, United States Marine Corps

  • 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, Twentynine Palms CA
    • Served two combat tours; Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan in 2010. Commanded platoons of combat engineers specialized in route clearance; dedicated to finding, countering, and detonating improvised explosive devices (IEDs.)
  • In addition to his work as a commercial real estate broker, Chris is currently Director and VP of Brain Scans for Warriors, and also volunteers with The Soldiers Fund

What does Veterans Day Mean to You?

It is a very humbling day to look back and consider all that was sacrificed by the men and women who came before you.

Denis Dancoes, Senior Director, Brokerage, Manchester, NH

Dennis Dancoes Served as: Sergeant (E-5), US Marine Corps

  • B Co. 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (Infantry Unit) – 1987 through 1994
    • Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): 0311 Rifleman
    • Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Saudi Arabia & Kuwait) – Fire Team Leader – 1990/1991
    • Manchester, NH Reserve Unit
  • In addition to his work as a broker, Denis also supports YMCA of Greater Nashua, Veterans Count, and Veterans FIRST

 

  Benjamin Holt, Maintenance Technician, C&W Services

  • Benjamin HoltServed as: Machinery Technician, 2nd Class (MK2), United States Coast Guard
  • Stationed At: Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco, WA
    • Primary duty was to help repair various mechanical systems on ships stationed at the base, including replacing parts, preventive maintenance, and other tasks. Ben was also in charge of damage control, making repairs to allow a vessel to make it back to port. Ben was also search and rescue qualified and served as the station’s EMT.

 

 

Martin Loomis, Chief Engineer, Asset Services

Martin LoomisServed as: E-5 2nd Class Petty Officer, United States Navy (1988-1994)

  • USS Jesse L Brown; Propulsion plant operator/Machinist mate
    • Primary duty of the vessel was drug enforcement operations, tracking and capturing drug runners in the Caribbean and eastern pacific.

 

Chris Shannon, Building Engineer, Asset Services

Chris ShannonServed as: Petty Officer 3rd Class; Damage Controlman, United States Coast Guard,  1982-1986

  • Search and Rescue Station, Alexandria Bay, NY
    • Worked as fireman, boat engineer, law enforcement team member, responsible for security and safety of areas of eastern Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River to the international border, working with local, municipal police and fire departments.
  • Coast Guard Cutter WMEC 628 Durable, Brownsville, TX
    • Worked in Damage control, Engineer room qualified controller, patrolling the Gulf of Mexico, for search and rescue, international law enforcement, drug interdiction, military interaction with foreign countries, humanitarian response to Haiti, and training.
  • In addition to his work as a building engineer, Chris is the American Legion Post Commander of Post 18 in Dedham, MA, and has also supported the 22KILL veteran suicide awareness and advocacy program and various other veterans’ charities through various fundraisers.

What does Veterans Day Mean to You?

Veterans Day is two-fold remembrance of the wars and the service man and women that have served. It reminds me of when I did watch standing in the middle of the night when the rest of America slept standing guard waiting for a call for help or making sure all the machinery was running properly. A time to remember our comrades living and past.

Learn more about Cushman & Wakefield’s Veterans Initiative Program.

Read all of Cushman & Wakefield’s Veterans’ Voices.

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