River City Six – Dan Ward
Meet Dan Ward, president of MediGuard USA (mediguardusa.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
We began MediGuard USA in 2008 to help seniors stay in their homes longer safely. We provide the button you push if you fall and can’t get back up. Since we are a local company with a technology background, we are able to choose the best products on the market.
How did you get started in the business?
Having a security business for 37 years in Omaha, we saw a need for a local company that could provide seniors with Personal Emergency Systems. We took industry training and spent time with the manufacturing companies to learn the best way to run our business for our customers.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
At age 27, my wife and I started American Electronics out of the basement of our home. Last year, after 37 years, we were very blessed to find a wonderful family company, Atronic Alarms, Inc, to purchase American Electronics and they’ve been successfully growing the company ever since!
Tell us a little about your family.
My wife Gloria and I have been married for 42 years. We have two daughters and two sons who we get to enjoy time with in their adult years. Our oldest is married and lives with her husband in Alabama.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Being brought up in a God-loving family really set the stage for me to find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ when I was in my early 20s and I am thankful for that turning point in my life.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
At 10 years old, I received a book for my birthday, titled My First Book of Electricity. That book really peaked my interest and love for electronics and launched my career!
Who inspires you?
My wife and kids inspire me. Gloria has given me some of the best advice over the years. She has a God-given instinct with business decisions. My kids have excelled my skills and abilities, and I marvel at how wise and valuable their advice is for me.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Good New Jail & Prison Ministry is where I enjoy mentoring men who want help getting their life in a better spot. I also volunteer in a business ministry called CBMC, which helps business owners and professionals learn how to use the truths in the Bible to find success and prosperity in life. It is a fulfilling way to give to others.
What is your favorite movie?
I loved The Shakiest Gun in the West and Lilies of the Field with Sidney Poitier.
What is your favorite TV show?
The American drama, Blue Bloods.
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If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
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