As a Service Disabled Vietnam Veteran and self-made businessman, Abe Dortheimer is an outspoken advocate in legislation to help Disabled Veterans enter the world of entrepreneurship. As the President of TheOldeGloryCoffee CompanyTM, Abe is a self-proclaimed "coffee geek."
Born in Sweden and the son of Holocaust survivors, Abe's family moved to Brooklyn in 1953 to pursue the American dream. In 1967, at the age of 18, Abe enlisted in the army. He became service disabled while serving in Vietnam from 1968-1969. Upon returning home, Abe completed his college and graduate education and successfully started and managed a number of small businesses, including the exclusive Seattle's Best Coffee franchise for Newark Airport.
Although Abe loved this business, he was not satisfied simply being a franchisee. He wanted to control the quality of the coffee all the way back to the roasting point. Abe begun roasting his own coffee and TheOldeGloryCoffee and Sandwich Co. was born.
Inspired by Ben & Jerry's philosophy of "creating the best product on the market, and then contributing back," Abe wanted to use his business success to give back. He realized there would not be a more noble cause than to give back to those who sacrificed so much for their country. TheOldeGloryCoffee and Sandwich Co. committed to donate .50¢ for every pound of coffee it sells