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From Humble Beginnings to Unlimited Possibilities

A Giant in the Mobility Industry Still Has A Small Town Feel

Monique McGivney, Guest Writer

Bill Koeblitz CEO MobilityWorks
“What we do is so wonderful. It’s such a privilege to be able to offer this service to our customers.” Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks President/CEO

In thirteen years, MobilityWorks has gone from a one location mobility equipment dealer with twelve employees to a multi-million dollar powerhouse. Now, with thirteen locations in seven states, over 200 employees, and the manufacturing of their own mobility solutions, MobilityWorks is a force to be reckoned with in the mobility industry.

When walking into the corporate headquarters of MobilityWorks in Akron, OH, you are not hit with a “corporate” feel. Their modest storefront and humble decor symbolizes their corporate culture which Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks CEO, describes as “High intensity, open, honest…brutally honest, communicative, fun, competitive and exciting.” Each of their thirteen locations (and growing) takes on the small town feel in which they reside, which makes MobilityWorks that much more notable; they stay true to their roots and their core values. Doug Eaton, VMI’s President and CEO has seen MobilityWorks’ incredible transformation and growth over the past decade. “VMI hand picks only the best mobility equipment dealers to represent our brand and our products and MobilityWorks has been a tremendous asset to VMI and to our customers. From the top down in their organization, MobilityWorks exemplifies everything that VMI stands for; treating our customers fairly and with respect.”

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Ralph Braun, CEO of BraunAbility, Shares His Story

Raised in a small town in Indiana with muscular dystrophy, Mr. Braun refused to let a physical disability hold him back. As a young man who needed to get to work, he was determined to find a way to get there — on his own terms. Rise Above by Ralph Braun CEO of BraunAbility

Today, Ralph Braun is the CEO of BraunAbility, the largest manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans in the world and an icon in the mobility industry. His tireless efforts have brought independence to millions of other people faced with the same need for personal-use accessible transportation. And now, you can add ‘author’ to his long list of achievements.

Rise Above tells the story of how self-reliance, common sense, and a refusal to accept the status quo transformed his need for mobility into a successful, multi-million dollar company. In this inspiring book that exemplifies the American spirit, Ralph takes you back to his younger days and the challenges he faced. With his ‘no limits’ attitude and passion, it is an uplifting example of entrepreneurial encouragement for others to follow.

Congratulations Mr. Braun!

Ralp Braun started BraunAbility by welding pieces of metal together in his parents garage.

Ralph Braun started BraunAbility by welding pieces of metal together in his parents garage.