Special to Iredell Free News

John Gallina, co-founder and CEO of Purple Heart Homes in Statesville, was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council.

NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a nonpartisan basis.

John Gallina

Gallina joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

“As a small business owner, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulation,” Gallina explained. “Joining NSBA’s Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress.”

A member of the North Carolina Army National Guard, John was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He was severely injured when his vehicle hit an IED, for which he received a Purple Heart.

After returning to North Carolina and civilian life, he co-founded Purple Heart Homes to provide housing solutions for service connected and aging veterans.

Gallina joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how access to capital will impact small business. 

“I am proud to have John Gallina as part of our Leadership Council,” NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken said. “He came to us highly recommended, and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come.”

For more on the NSBA Leadership Council, visit www.nsba.biz