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Rising Stars: Meet Patrick Donovan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Donovan.

Hi Patrick, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
So I was a commercial diver for seven years then I meet my wife and that kind of work kept me on the road. I had a friend that had a hul cleaning company that needed help so I started with him. Well two years later, I got hired for my dream job of being a firefighter in PG county. One year after I became a firefighter, my friend sold his business. I had all my equipment still and I have always wanted to start my own company. So I started it in 2020.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been fairly smooth. The hard part is getting clients. I advertise online, business cards, and has signage on my truck but you can’t make people call.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Donovan’s Diving Services performs underwater maintenance on vessels. This includes hull cleanings which is the majority of my work. Sacrificial anode replacement, inspection, search and recovery, propeller removal and install, cutless bearing replacement, wooden piling removal and minor construction. I am most proud of my drive to do good quality work and being as responsive to people as possible. I hate calling contractors and you never hear back from them. Also, we provide the cutless bearing replacement service and that is not something that I have seen in the diving field. Now I will also perform this service on a boat out of the water as well. There is no sense in have the equipment and not putting it to work. Also, the piling removal is not something see every day in the diving world.

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