Recap of 2023 Building Opportunities Summit
Our Pay it Forward award went to Cindi Petito from CHAS Consulting. Cindi has a dedication to this industry that goes deep. She sees the potential in our member companies and wants to help us move into the future and become the #1 resource for medical referrals. Her commitment is pure, and she wants to help companies who want to embrace the medical community and build a network that will serve our clients well and build mutual respect for contractors and clinicians. As one of our new consultants, you should check out her services on our website.
The Member of the Year award went to Justin Oakley and Mike Vieira of Oakley Home Access. We had presented earlier in the day the need for legacy builders, and Justin and Mike coordinated an effort to get a bill introduced into the MA legislature that would allow residents to get up to a $5,000 grant or 50% of an approved home access project covered. The primary criteria were that their income needs to be within 110% of the median income in the county that they live. This grant was put into effect three years ago in RI, Justin’s home state, and has sold out every year and has had funds increased every year. Programs like this will help our most vulnerable clients, the middle class, get the boost they need to pay for their needed home mods. Leading an effort like this in his state and a neighboring state will be part of the Oakley’s team legacy. Let us know if you want to start a similar initiative in your state.
It was a highlight to honor Scott Crosswhite from EZ-ACCESS with the Live at Home Vendor of the Year award. EZ-ACCESS was the third corporate partner ever to sign on with VGM. Six years ago, they hired Scott Crosswhite to be their National Vice President of Sales. Scott immediately brought on Gary Caldwell to run the East and Dan Radacosky to run the West. That team has piloted tremendous growth that has taken EZ-ACCESS to being the #1 residential ramp manufacturer in the US. But it did not come without constant challenges, one of which was moving the primary manufacturing plant from the Seattle, WA area to halfway across the country to Kentucky in 2022. Fortunately, Scott was born with a V-8 engine in him and his energy, resiliency, business smarts, and competitive drive allowed him to navigate way too many challenges to mention to get EZ-ACCESS to the top and battle to keep them there. Scott inspires me, and EZ-ACCESS is a great partner to this membership. Give a shout out to Scott if you see him!
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