From Usmc Reserve Gunnery Sergeant and NYPD Police Officer to Estate Sales

Hard to believe that being a Marine and owning an estate sales franchise have anything in common, but they do. Just ask Marine Corps Reserve veteran Brendan Ryan.

For nearly 23 years, the retired NYPD police officer and father of three children continued with his normal work and family life, ready to support the Marine Corps in combat, humanitarian efforts and national emergencies when called upon. Three of those calls mobilized Ryan for active duty in Iraq – in 2003, 2005 and 2009 – where he served as a USMC Reserve Gunnery Sergeant.

During his time as a reservist, Ryan embraced each and every challenge thrown his way because being a Marine wasn’t just a job – it was a way of life. When he left the service, he promised himself that he would find a new career that echoed the teachings and philosophies of this important chapter in his life.

Ryan retired from the Marine reserves in 2014, one year after retiring from the NYPD, and stayed true to his former pledge when he and his wife, Kristen, purchased a Blue Moon Estate Sales franchise in Charlotte and Union County, North Carolina.

“I couldn’t have chosen a better franchise that matches up so perfectly with my skills and desires,” said Brendan. “Blue Moon Estate Sales is an outstanding business for veterans because it rewards the characteristics common among men and women in uniform: a capacity for hard work and service; respect for authority and the property of others; and an ability and willingness to follow proven systems within an organization to reach specific goals.”

Today, Brendan and his wife are helping hundreds of families with their residential, commercial, and moving liquidation services, providing an organized and professional way to ease the complicated and overwhelming burden of selling a personal estate. From determining a convenient time line to sweeping up after the sale, they do everything.

Other services include, but are not limited to: a complimentary and extensive evaluation of the home, appropriate pricing from antiques to everyday items, categorization and staging of the home, marketing, hosting and staffing of the sale.

“Many people find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. They may be downsizing, dealing with the death of a loved one or moving to an elder community. Our goal is to manage their estate sale in a professional and caring manner while using our proven system to get them the most profit,” Brendan added.

Brendan is indeed a perfect fit for Blue Moon Estate Sales. Franchisees are expected to be dedicated to integrity, compassion and professionalism. According to Blue Moon Estate Sales cofounder Debra Blue, they are also expected to be energetic, caring people who want to help those in need while enjoying the rewards of owning their own business.

“We’re lucky to have Brendan,” Blue adds. “He’s highly trained, he’s loyal, and he has the integrity that matches our company’s values.”

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