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About Me

An entrepreneur, business developer and owner, father and husband, you can reach me at “Bill Gadol” on Facebook, or through the attached email system.

I was born on October 14, 1942 in Covington, KY, to William N and Martha I Gadol. At the time my father was the resident FBI Agent in Covington, then known as “Sin City,” KY, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, which lay just across the Ohio river. And yes, I am a Kentucky Colonel and have been since 1987!

My father was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1938, joined the FBI as a clerk and became a Special Agent in 1939. He married his Erasmus Hall High School sweetheart and they were immediately posted in Springfield, IL. During World War II the FBI transferred Agents frequently to avoid them being recognized by the bad guys, thus we ended up in Covington, KY, and were soon moved to several other offices before landing in Syracuse, NY in 1944.

My Mother was born in Louisville, KY. Her father, William, was from Corodon, IN, and her mother, Emerance Van Vooran, was from Belgium. My Great Grandfather on Mom’s side invented faux marble. The interior of the Sherry Netherlands hotel in Louisville still has his handiwork decorating the lobby. During the depression her family moved to Brooklyn, NY. Her childhood friends, Doris Ketcham and Doris Levine were close friends for 80 years. Wish I had that.

The War was winding down and the Navy had a special program for those wanting to attend medical school so Dad applied, and was accepted, to Syracuse University from which he graduated with an M.D. in 1948. Dad interned at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC. During the Korean War he completed his residency with the U.S. Navy at The Marine Hospital in Baltimore, MD, as a physician assigned to the U.S. Public Health Service.

After that he set up his practice in Bethesda, MD, with Leo Donovan, M.D. at the corner of Georgetown Road and Battery Lane.

On January 17, 1954 he died of a heart attack. He was 35 years old, I was 11. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 7, on Grant Avenue. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.

My sister, Barbara, was born in 1948. My sister, Michele, was born in April of 1954. The four of us lived at 8404 Bradmore Drive in Bethesda, MD, until 1959 when Mom re-married Les Molter of Baldwin, NY. Les was a widower with three children, Tom, Doug and Leslie. The eight of us moved to 195 Meadbrook Road in Garden City, NY, and were  soon joined by Elizabeth (Beth) and Steven. The eight of us kids are still close and have family reunions at Sunset Beach, NC, every several years where we now take up six houses at a minimum (we have indeed grown). It is a great family to be a part of and I have been blessed by the experience.

Since graduating from Garden City High School my educational experiences have been varied and not very formal. I have been a brake mechanic, cookie salesman, parts clerk, car salesman, soldier, firefighter, EMT, deputy sheriff, sales executive, manufacturer and consultant. I seem to recall a couple of short stints at Nassau Community College and Adelphi University in the 70’s but most of my high school postgraduate education was on the streets. I remained in Garden City until 1976, moved to Sea Cliff, NY, for a couple of years and then to the Washington, DC area in 1981. I remained there for 13 years and then to my current home outside of Charleston, SC.

A great mentor, Bob Hovee, once told me to find my niche and exploit it. I have been most fortunate to specialize in areas of my interest so it never seemed like work. My area has been emergency services and I built a good career in that field ultimately working with the NFL and all agencies of the U.S. government.  I’m particularly pleased to have been directly involved in the design and implementation of the emergency medical bag (the F.A.T. Kit) used by the U.S. Secret Service to protect the Office of the President. We accomplished this right after the Reagan shooting and the program has grown since then to over 10,000 units worldwide protecting heads of state and corporate leaders in every country that I can think of.

Twenty years in the corporate world led me to start a consulting business where I showed manufacturers how to sell to the government, my ultimate niche. The United States is a wonderful place. Where else could an under-educated young man take experience as a volunteer firefighter and Army Reserve Staff Sergeant and build it to a point where he was dealing directly with the Surgeons General of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Special Operations Command and consulting with the White House Medical Unit and U.S. Secret Service? As Yakoff Smirnoff used to quip “God, what a great country.”

I stated my first company in 1992. My son, Bill, joined me in 2002 and my daughter Heather joined us in 2003. Currently, through our second company, we are manufacturing the battery-powered surgical light used by the Defense Department, re-fitting the surgical lights on all U.S. Navy ships and supplying specialized diagnostic equipment to the medical agencies within the U.S. government. My son-in-law, Michael Hogan is now our V.P. of Operations. A family affair indeed.

Travel, for me, has meant China in 1983 and several trips to Europe and all over the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Perfect Days for me mean sitting in a chair, on the beach, reading a book.

Today I oversee three companies; Fedmedical, Inc. makes the specialized lights and distributes medical devices, Government Marketing International, Inc. does a little consulting and our newest company, Lifemax, distributes the safest and richest form of Omega 3’s (along with a host of other nutrients) on the planet. Karen and I started with Lifemax when the company was founded in 2008 and it promises to be the most successful thing that I have done in my life. It also gives Karen and me a chance to work together, travel and bless people all over the world through a wonderful mission component.

Karen and I currently serve Elders for our church, Seacoast Community Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where we serve on the Prayer Team and do what ever needs to be done.

I am blessed beyond measure.