Children in a rural village school in western Nepal
gather round a computer purchased by VERC Enterprises
at the request of the manager of VERC’s Lynnfield Gulf location

VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, car wash, and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists as one of the region’s largest family owned businesses.

The company, ranked 17th on the Book of Lists, had its beginnings nearly 50 years ago with a single car wash in Marshfield. Today it employs 325 companywide.

“Our fine team is the key to our many years of success,” said Leo Vercollone, CEO of VERC Enterprises Inc. “To be named in the Boston Business Journal’s prestigious Book of Lists is a credit to our entire staff.”

In a separate statement, the company reported that it had recently purchased a computer for a rural school in Nepal. The gift came at the request of Rawal Tek, manager of VERC’s Lynnfield Gulf location.

Tek contacted Leo Vercollone shortly before traveling to his homeland, Nepal, in early fall. He anticipated a visit to the school he attended as a child in the rural village on the far-western side of Nepal and wanted to give a computer to his village school.

In his appeal to Vercollone, Tek wrote about his pride being a part of a company that does so much in the way of social service. It took less than a day for Vercollone to respond, saying he was “happy to help out your village school” with a donation to purchase a Hewlett-Packard lap top computer.