Dan Molyneux makes a successful transition from the Army to the business world

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Dan and his van. Dan Molyneuxs spiffy van is a good advertisement for his CertaPro franchise. His reliability is an even better advertisement.

Dan Molyneux once roamed the Middle East performing dangerous duty for the U.S. Army.

Now he is happily entrenched in Lake Oswego and says, “I never want to leave.”

A big reason Molyneux is happy is because of his wife and children, and there is also his successful business. He owns the Portland and Vancouver, Wash., franchise for CertaPro Painters, which does interior and exterior house painting.

“It has been quite a transition,” Molyneux said. “My intention originally was to do the Army as my career. The time came when I thought I should take the entrepreneur leap, and here I am.”

It has been a steep learning curve for Molyneux since he took over the local franchise a year ago. It has been the first time he has ever operated a business entirely by himself and had to fulfill every role.

“It was hard to set my goals,” he said. “Now I’m exceeding them. I’m excited about my future and the company’s future.”

Molyneux’s business credo is: “We are right on spot with our professionalism. We deliver certainty. There are no surprises with us. We do exactly what we say we will do.”

Molyneux is a good, reliable businessman, just like he was a good, reliable soldier. He was part of the first wave of American troops, as part of the 10th Mountain Division, that invaded Afghanistan in 2001. He was a rifle and special platoon leader on the general staff in Afghanistan and a battle captain for nighttime operations.

Violence didn’t daunt Molyneux. But romance did. He met a lovely woman named Kate, who happened to be a helicopter captain. They were engaged, married and soon got the news that Molyneux would be going to Iraq three weeks after their marriage for 18 months of service. Molyneux did not think this was a good way to start married life, and so he resigned from the Army, went to work for Swan Island Shipyard and earned an MBA at Marylhurst University. He and Kate had two children, Sebastian, 4, and Marie-Christine 2 1/2. In addition to being blessed by family and business life, Molyneux drives a very cool CertaPro van.

A resident of Lake Oswego for the past 10 years, Molyneux intends to make this his permanent base of operations.

“There’s a true sense of community here,” Molyneux said. “It’s not just a bedroom community. You know your neighbor and you know the local businesses.”

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