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Roger Gerard
Works at Gerard Associates
Attended Northeastern University College of Business Administration
Lives in Westminster, Massachusetts
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Sharing my Nova Scotia fishing heritage from Gerard Island on the Eastern Shore.
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I bought my Craftsman snow blower, Model 536.887992, some time ago at the Sears store in Rindge, N.H. I have always kept it in my garage and maintained it regularly, changing the oil etc. I am the only person who has operated it and I have never loaned it out or allowed anyone else to operate it. Whenever we had a significant snowfall I "nibbled" each pass so as not to shear a shear pin. Last week the snow was deep and heavy. When I was nearly finished operating the auger stopped turning so I checked to see if a shear pin had sheared. If so I had planned to use the shear pins provided in the case above the cover for the belts. It was then that I discovered that I did not have two shear pins but two non-shear bolts type 307A SBY. The head of the bolts was not 1/2" but 7/16". I removed the bolts which were only bent. One had to be extracted using a nail set. It was very tight. I then replaced the bolt on one side with a shear pin but one of the holes on the other side of the auger was much too small to accept the shear pin. After many attempts and realizing that the shear pin would not go into that hole I gave up.


We are anticipating another snow storm. My wife has multiple system atrophy and will be 82 next month. I often have to take her to the hospital. At 78 I cannot shovel our 80'+ driveway. An ambulance would not be able to get in. If something serious occurs I will hold Sears and Craftsman responsible because they built my auger with standard bolts rather than shear pins. This was not just negligence. This was a deliberate, intentional act which caused my snow blower to fail. I will swear that I never installed bolts in my auger and will take a lie detector to that effect. I need to know what Sears will do to correct this situation. I am willing to give you a chance before I have to resort to other means.
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In Augusta, Georgia while at Fort Gordon in July, 1959
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BIOGRAPHICAL DATA - ROGER LAWRENCE GERARD

Following graduation from Northeastern University where he was enrolled in the flight training program and was a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) Roger entered active duty with the U.S. Army.  Following active and reserve duty he was honorably discharged as a Captain having served with B Company, 3rd. Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 187th Infantry Brigade, 18th Airborne.  He was also a training officer with the 333rd. Infantry Regiment BCT (Basic Combat Training) and a Company Commander with the 300th MP Command.  Managed the rifle and pistol teams at Fort Monmouth.  In the interim he received his MBA from Northeastern University.

His employers were Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company while a college co-op student and later a graduate employee at Ford.  He returned to Massachusetts from Michigan to work for the General Electric Company Flight Propulsion Division in Lynn.  He was a founder and president of Infotrieve Systems, Inc., one of the earliest information storage and retrieval companies. He later joined Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland, Maine, and was subsequently promoted to the H.Q. in Mountain View, California where he began his international business career administering and auditing international policies and practices..  While in Maine he was an instructor in labor economics and organizational development at the University of Maine Extension Service.  He joined the Atari Division of Warner Communications as Vice President-Administration and served on the board of directors of the Columbia-Warner Credit Union in Burbank, California.  He was then recruited by Intel and joined Intel first in California, later in Brussels and then in the United Kingdom with responsibility for Northern Europe.

To remain in the international arena he began a consulting career in Saudi Arabia with a Saudi Construction Company, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, a Boeing Industrial Technology start-up venture in support of the Royal Saudi Air Force Peace Sentinel Program and finally Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) of Switzerland where he was responsible for all of the administration, government relations, legal, logistics and personnel for the four Saudi based companies.  He received a commendation from the Board of Directors in Zurich for his work in keeping the operations open and running during the first Gulf War, "Desert Storm".

Following the Gulf War he left Saudi Arabia and returned to Massachusetts to care for his terminally ill mother.  From 1992 until 1997 he and his wife, Ann, maintained residences in Los Gatos, California and Gardner, Massachusetts.  In 1997 they sold their California home and established their residence in Gardner.  In 2002 they moved to Westminster, Massachusetts.

Civic: Maine: Industry Rep. Governor's Council, National Council on the Aging.  Mass.: Board of Registrar, Personnel Board.

Roger has traveled extensively having visited 48 states including Alaska and Hawaii and has traveled to 50 countries on six continents including such remote places as Yemen, Cook Islands, the Golden Triangle, Campinas, Brazil; Fiji, Penang, Malacca, Kuala Lampur, Trieste, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and "iron curtain" countries (East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia) during the Cold War.  He obtained his scuba diver certificate at Kotok Island, Indonesia and is an avid skier having skied in France, Switzerland and Austria as well as areas in New England and Northern California.  While in California he coached a girl's soccer team and led youth groups in the re-habbing of homes at the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.  He is married to Dr. Ann Gerard, the former Joyce Ann Howard who received her Ph.D from Boston College where she taught graduate level courses as well as at San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University where she was a tenured professor.  She joined Roger in Saudi Arabia where she directed education services at the Handicapped Children's Center in Riyadh.  Roger and Ann have six children.

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If nothing else I am persistent to the point where friends have said: "Let it go, Gerard". I believe that hard work, education and persistence can pay off in the long run. I received a social security number from my employer at age 11. My first employer at age 9, the Boston Globe, did not provide newspaper carriers with a SSN. From that time on I have always worked. I may have missed out on some social events in high school because of work demands but I earned enough to pay for my first year at university. From then on co-op jobs the next four years provided enough for the balance of my education without having to rely on others or on student loans. My first co-op job was at Dodge with an after hours construction job which enabled me to pay for books and tuition etc and save something extra. Some have asked, "Don't you feel you missed out on some fun?" I have been described by some as a 'late bloomer" but the early sacrifices have enabled me to see and do more than others may have only dreamed about. That is why I have selected my favorite quotation to be that of Calvin Coolidge about persistence: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” Calvin Coolidge quotes (American 30th President of the United States, 1872-1933)
Education
  • Northeastern University College of Business Administration
    MBA
  • Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University College of Law)
    Law
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Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Retired International Executive
Skills
International Management in the Middle East.
Employment
  • Gerard Associates
    Retired International Executive, present
  • Chrysler, Ford, U.S. Army, Martin Missile, Vickers, G.E, Fairchild, Intel, Atari. Contract Employment: King Faisal Hospital & Research Center,
  • Boeing Industrial Technology Group - Advanced Electronics Co., Alsalam Aircraft (Royal Saudi Air Force - Peace Shield), ABB of Zurich, Switzerland
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Currently
Westminster, Massachusetts
Previously
Gardner & Westminster, Massachusetts - Gardner, MA, Westminster, MA, Boston, MA, Fort Gordon and Fort Monmouth, Orlando, FL. Dearborn & Detroit, MI, Nashville, TN., Marblehead, MA, Boxford, MA, Warwick, R.I., - Southborough, MA, Scarborough, Maine, Los Gatos, CA, , Brussels, Belgium, - Wiltshire, England,, Tahoe City, CA, Jeddah & Riyadh, Saudi Arabia