From left to right: Leo Vercollone, Nicole Coppens,
and Joshua Komyerov.

VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, car wash, and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire is the recipient of the 2017 Exemplary Employer Award from the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress ( for its inclusive hiring practices.

The award was presented to VERC Enterprises at the congress’s 33rd annual conference, held at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 25. Accepting the honor on behalf of the company was VERC president Leo Vercollone. With Joshua Komyerov, communications and operation director at the MDSC looking on, Nicole Coppens, a VERC employee for the past 14 years, presented the award to a clearly moved Vercollone.

The annual conference draws hundreds of people with Down syndrome, their family members, health care professionals, and educators from across New England to hear the latest research findings and important information from national and local experts on a large range of topics related to Down syndrome.

“By going above and beyond to make hiring people with disabilities a best practice at VERC, Leo has been a model employer who embodies every aspect of the MDSC’s mission,” said Komyerov.