~ Submitted by Dan Carroll
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Bedford Select Board in the upcoming Town Election. Having moved to Bedford in 1976 at age 4, I am proud to be able to say that my wife Tara and I are now raising our three boys in Bedford.
In 1975 at the age of 2 ½, I lost my father and there began my path to “the life lesson” of growing up fast. As the youngest boy in a family of eleven children (7 sisters and 3 brothers) I was raised on Woodland Road in Bedford by a strong single Mother who gave me a PhD in life.
Bedford welcomed me in the school system, the recreational sports programs, St. Michael Parish and a lifetime of wonderful memories at Bedford Day, Annual Strawberry Festival, Cub Scouts, Springs Brook Park and so much more.
After graduating Bedford High School in 1990, I received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Middlesex Community College. I paid for my education by starting my own landscaping company here in Bedford, working landscaping on weekends while also working evenings (after school) as a Security Officer.
Years later, I applied for a job with the Town of Bedford, and was selected from a pool of over 50 candidates becoming one of the first civilian dispatchers (and only Bedford resident in the group) for the Bedford Police & Fire Departments. Looking to expand my horizons, I resigned from Bedford and pursued a career selling software in the Business Aviation industry.
The next fifteen years were spent travelling the world learning about international business, sales and relationship building – ultimately rising to become the Director of Sales for CAMP Systems International. Upon the birth of our first child, I exited aviation, so I could be present with my wife raising our son.
In 2016, I took on a position with a start-up business in the home energy space. That start up (Revise, Inc.) is now the 2nd largest Home Performance Contractor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts helping home owners reduce their carbon footprint. In my business career, I am fiscally conservative with a controlled growth approach. We have built an incredible culture where each and every employee enjoys their job and understands what they need to do – in order to win each day. I believe in giving employees the tools they need to succeed, then giving them the autonomy to do their job.
Now is the time for me to give back to Bedford and allow our three sons the same amazing experiences this small town gave to me.
The Town Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, DPW, Recreation Department and School System are full of people I call friends. These employees are the engine that drives Bedford. I guarantee all of your voices will be heard “crystal clear” to ensure you receive the facilities, training, resources and tools you need to succeed every day to keep you happy and to keep Bedford at the top of the list of towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To all residents of Bedford, many of which I know personally, I have:
- Volunteered coaching in Bedford youth soccer for six years and counting.
- Initiated two town wide-collections for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which filled my two car garage with your generous donations. With logistical support of Bedford Police & Fire, we hand delivered these donations to New York.
- Secured $30,000 worth of I-Robot product donations, which were also hand delivered to the hurricane victims.
- Coordinated with our Town Manager, DPW, Police Department, Boy Scouts & Girls Scouts to initiate a town clean-up day and worked shoulder to shoulder with residents picking up litter across Bedford.
- Worked with hundreds of residents reducing Bedford’s carbon footprint by installing insulation and high efficiency heating & cooling systems.
- Worked for the Bedford Police & Fire Departments, as an Emergency Communications Officer answering your calls for help for several years.
In my garage hangs a Civilian Award given to me by the BPD for initiating the Hurricane Sandy Donation effort. This is a constant reminder of how we as a community came together for a humanitarian cause. As your Select Board Member I can and will bring us all together for the betterment of not only Bedford residents, but for anyone in need.
To those residents I have not yet met, I am looking forward to the opportunity of getting to know you and listening to your ideas. I will use common sense and deliver hard work, on your behalf each day. Bedford is already an amazing small town. With continued open dialogue and transparency, Bedford will continue to improve for generations to come. I ask for your support at the Town Election on March 12th and I look forward to listening to each of you during my campaign.