Bronx Veteran Non-Profit Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary With Opening Of 2nd Office

Published on February 01, 2024, 5:55 am
FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites 2 mins

As Gonzalo Duran, CEO of Devil Dog USA Incorporated, addressed the crowd of over 35 attendees, including veterans, politicians, community leaders, and members, the room fell silent, captivated by his words.

Speaking with humility and precision, Duran recounted the organization’s accomplishments over the past decade, evoking a sense of pride among the audience.

Following his speech, guests gathered around a large table, enjoying food and conversation. Veterans shared their stories, expressing gratitude for Devil Dog USA’s support over the years. The crowd thanked the veterans’ contributions with a round of applause, with Duran, himself a Marine veteran, being the loudest.

We caught up with some of the guests:

Alfredo Castillo, a local realtor, shared, “I rented Gonzo his first office ten years ago. Since then, I have been volunteering, and now he is my closest friend.”

Tyreek Goodman, CEO of EpicRev Vision, recounted, “I met Mr. Duran two years ago when he came knocking on my door to promote events. Now, we’re partners in community outreach.”

Theresa Kemp, CEO of EMMP, Inc., reminisced, “I attended Duran’s first office celebration, and now I’m here at his second office. Who knows, maybe a third office is next?”

Joseph Ronda, a former Marine and Commander of the Sea Cadet Corps, praised Duran’s impact, saying, “Gonzalo’s work has made a difference in countless lives, from young cadets to senior veterans. I am proud to call him a friend and colleague.”

After a lively round-table discussion, guests enjoyed cake and games, sharing laughter and camaraderie.

As Duran thanked everyone for attending, we asked him about his vision for the future.

Duran reflected, “My life has undergone many changes, and ten years ago, I never imagined I’d be where I am today. Despite challenges, I’ve built a thriving nonprofit and established connections in various fields. While I can’t predict the future, as long as I can help others, this organization will continue to be a beacon of hope.”

Jonas Bronck is the pseudonym under which we publish and manage the content and operations of The Bronx Daily.™ | - the largest daily news publication in the borough of "the" Bronx with over 1.5 million annual readers. Publishing under the alias Jonas Bronck is our humble way of paying tribute to the person, whose name lives on in the name of our beloved borough.