EXECUTIVE TEAM


John Gallina- Co-Founder

John Gallina began his career building homes in North Carolina when he was 19 years old.  Through the years Gallia has built custom homes, high-end homes and luxury town houses.  He worked as a construction supervisor for KT Isenhour Construction, JD North Construction and Torrey Homes to name a few.  In 1996 he joined the North Carolina National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in January 2004.  On November 15, 2004 while riding in the same vehicle with Dale Beatty an explosion from an anti tank mine resulted in severe head and back injuries for Gallina. Upon his return to North Carolina, Gallina was grateful that his community welcomed him back and thanked him for his service, BUT felt that others before him who had fought in wars to defend the United States also needed to be acknowledged.    After helping to build a specially adapted home for his friend and “battle buddy”, Dale Beatty, the two men decided to team up with the common goal of providing help for both young AND older veterans—giving them back their freedom from the barriers in their current homes.   John and his wife, Cori-Anne have three children—Ella Marie, Joseph Anthony and Jordan. In his spare time Gallina enjoys rebuilding and restoring old cars.

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David Benbow- Legal Counsel

David has been a lawyer for 39 years. He graduated in 1967 from UNC with a BA in economics. He served with the Second Infantry Division in and around the Korean DMZ in 1968 & 1969. He is an Imjin Scout, an award for 20 or more missions into the DMZ. He received hostile fire pay for his months in the DMZ. He attended law school on the GI Bill and received his law degree from UNC. He is the founder of the DMZ Vets Association. He is an active member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church. He is past president of the Iredell County Bar Association. He has served on the North Carolina State Bar Council for the past 8 years on the Grievance Committee and is on the Executive Committee, the Publications Committee and serves as chairman of the North Carolina State Bar Association’s Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Committee. His poem, “The Flak Jacket”, won The Southern Prize for Literature for 1995. He was flown to Korea and interviewed in The History Channel documentary, “Running the DMZ” in 2004. David is happily married and has 5 children and 2 step-children. He is president of Benbow and Phillips, PC, Attorneys at Law in Statesville, NC.

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Howard Goldberg- Properties Acquisition & Procurement

Howard Goldberg has over 35 years of experience in real estate, property tax, and community and economic development, working with city governments, private companies, homeowners, and local and national non-profit organizations.  For the past 22 years, as Renewal Administrator with the City of Lorain, OH Community Development Department where he has been a team leader or member on over 80 projects including industrial parks, water front developments, commercial store front, affordable housing, housing rehabilitation, environmental cleanups, and eminent domain.  He has presented over 50 pieces of legislation to his City Council and committees; appeared before Zoning Boards of Appeals and Planning Commissions, and is responsible for the Department’s response to property tax valuation cases.  His areas of expertise include commercial and residential real estate finance, solving real estate title problems, and navigating most HUD, Block Grant, HOME, NSP, and Tax Credit Programs. He has guest lectured at the Cleveland State University College Graduate School of Urban Affairs, and serves as a mentor to graduate students completing commercial and residential development feasibility studies.  He has testified at congressional field hearings on foreclosure and the vacant property crisis and participated in Federal Reserve Bank meetings on the topic.

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Vicki Thomas- Director of Communications

With over 35 years of marketing, promotional and Public Relations expertise for both profit and non-profit organizations, Vicki brings a wealth of experience to Purple Heart Homes. Thomas was the head of marketing and advertising for Credit Union National Association. She worked as a sales and marketing executive for American Broadcasting Company both in Chicago and New York. Thomas started her own promotional firm whose client list included American Express, Prudential Securities, MetLife and Merrill Lynch and the Council of Senior Centers and Service of New York, and her non-profit experience resides with Philadelphia Corporation on Aging and Homes for Our Troops. She has a true passion and personal attachment to those she assists.

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Linda Vos- Director of Creative Design & Branding

With an honors degree in fine arts from York University in Toronto, Linda has over 30 years experience as a Creative Director and designer honed at some of the industry’s most prestigious advertising and marketing agencies including J. Walter Thompson, Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, Grey Advertising, and the Omnicom Group. She has worked on everything from multi-million dollar campaigns to pro-bono projects; aimed at all target audiences from Fortune 500 CEOs to kids of all ages. Today, Linda spins a powerful mix of strategy, ideation and execution that resonates throughout every project her company VOX, takes on. Whether developing strategies, interacting with clients, or creating bold, results-driven concepts, Linda brings a quality of leadership to the drawing board her peers admire, clients’ value, and competitors can only attempt to emulate.

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