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We hope you enjoyed our documentary, No Vans Land, about Hector Ricketts' fight to provide an invaluable service and employment to many people in his community. Send Hector a message and share your thoughts about his story!
Hector came to America from Jamaica in 1979 with his family to pursue his education and employment opportunities. After school, Hector took a job in public health, where he first learned about private vans transporting people to and from hospitals. In the 1980s he started a van company on the side and eventually—after being laid off from his job in 1992—founded and devoted all his time to his company, Queens Van Plan. It now owns 30 vans, supports 35 workers, and transports 6,000 people per day. Hector’s business has helped him support his family and put his three children through college.
Hector is committed to his community and the service he provides. He transports countless healthcare workers from their homes in Queens to their jobs, and he has been applauded by the city for his selfless work during both 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.
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