Get to know Ryan Green, our sixth highlighted employee in our  “Getting to Know us at Mobility Supercenter” 

 Ryan is a vehicle mobility consultant in our Richmond Store!

Q:  Tell me about yourself and your family.

A:  I am 44 years old and use a wheelchair due to a car accident 23 years ago. I was born in South Dakota then moved to Oregon in 2010 then moved here to RVA in 2016. I have 4 kids that I love very much.  They are Natalie, Brayden, Gavin and Chloe.

Q:  We know you love work, but do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

A:  Avid movie watcher and reader.  Love sports, hunting, and fishing.

Q:  Great, now let’s talk about work.  How long have you worked for Mobility Supercenter?

A:  2 years

Q:  What did you do prior to working here?  How did you end up here?

A:  I worked for a Mobility Dealer in Portland Oregon prior to moving here

Q:  As any job has, I am sure there are some challenges.  What would you say are the biggest challenges in your job?

A:  Trying to find products for customers in need who have very little resources.  I know what it’s like to be without transportation and not have the ability to come and go as you please.

Q:  Along with challenges I am sure there are some rewards.  What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A:  Working with people!  I get the opportunity to really share my life story and struggles with having a disability and help others find resources they may not be aware of.  It’s nice to hear other people’s accomplishments as well!  Working here I have learned that many  people persevere and move on through tough situations to still live a happy and independent life!

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Introducing the Patriot Wheelchair Accessible Rear Entry Van now at Mobility Supercenter

This is a Rear Entry Patriot Van from Mobility Supercenter!

This van offers our clients a great value because it is a low mileage van with the rear entry conversion. We have many Patriot vans available with different configurations to meet your needs. The most important feature of these vans….  these are great vehicles at an affordable price!

 

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Sportable -Youth Adaptive Sports Series – Ages 5-12 • Road Racing • Cycling

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Powhatan Triad Senior Health Fair

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Sportable – Youth Adaptive Sports Series Ages 5-12 • Lacrosse • Wheelchair Basketball

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Chesterfield Triad

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The United Spinal Association of Virginia – SB 287 Statewide Trauma Registry; spinal cord injuries. 

 

 


The United Spinal Association of Virginia is a non-profit  organization founded in 2015 by two Richmonder’s 
 Sharon Drennan (the mother of a paraplegic young man, Rob), and Richard Bagby (a tetraplegic). 

The 501c3 operates under the mission to Educate, Empower and Enable individuals living with spinal cord injury and disease, living across the Commonwealth of Virginia, to achieve their highest level of health and independence. USAofVa is currently organized and operated entirely by committed volunteers and relies heavily on generous private donors and strong community partners who value disabled Virginians, specifically SCI’s.  www.unitedspinalva.org

“Virginians living with SCI/D have been an afterthought for far too long.  Thanks to the foresight and persistence of our Executive Director, Sharon Drennan, SB 287 will be a marked first step in recognizing a significant population of Virginians, so that organizations like the United Spinal Assoc. of Va. know the scope of the issues which we are chartered to tackle.”

-Richard Bagby, Deputy Director, United Spinal Association of Va

2018 has already gotten off to a wildly successful year for the United Spinal Association of Va.  During the past legislative session they were pleased to partner with Sen. Jennifer McClellan introduce SB 287 Statewide Trauma Registry; spinal cord injuries.  The bill is designed to require the state to capture data on SCI’s, and is pertinent to USAofVa’s efforts in reaching individuals across the state living with SCIs. The bill passed committee unanimously, before passing in the State Senate and House of Delegates, culminating with Governor Northam signing SB 287 into law!

USAofVa is also very excited to be launching bi-monthly workshops for their members and the community in 2018.  The workshops focus on various wellness and daily living topics coupled with designated time for injured members and caregivers to socialize and support each other.  These workshops will provide an excellent conduit from their ongoing Peer and Family Mentoring Program for newly injured Virginians to daily living, while providing valuable resources to folks who’ve been injured for some time as well.

Finally, USAofVa continues to work closely with Sheltering Arms and VCU Health Systems in an effort to marry the two organizations in a joint venture to build a state of the sciences rehab facility that will serve as a premier destination hospital for individuals from all over the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The joint venture will be breaking ground this May in Goochland County, with an expected completion date of March 2020.  This is a huge need and will be a remarkable resource for many Virginians.

www.unitedspinalva.org

 

 

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Richmond Home & Garden Show

Come out and see us at the Richmond Home and Garden Show!

MARCH 2-4, 2018

RICHMOND RACEWAY COMPLEX

RICHMOND, VA

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Get to know Christie, our second highlighted employee in our “Getting to Know us at Mobility Supercenter”

Get to know Christie, our second highlighted employee in our “Getting to Know us at Mobility Supercenter”, Christie is likely the first person you will talk to when entering our building or calling on the phone.

Q:  Tell me about yourself and your family.

A:  I have a wonderful husband; Mark and this June will be our 11th anniversary.  He is my best friend and supporter.  I also have two children, they are 17 years old and 25 days apart in age (mine and his)!  Don’t forget my dogs, I have 3 Pekingese, Mojo, Suzy and Cali Kissyface!

Q:  We know you love work, but do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

A:  I love reading and getaway trips with my husband.  Our favorite place to go is Hatteras, NC.

Q:  Great, now let’s talk about work.  How long have you worked for Mobility Supercenter?

A:  I have been here for 3 ½ years now.

Q:  What did you do prior to working here?  How did you end up here?

A:  I was an Office Manager in an Auto Dealership and the skills I learned there were a natural fit for working at Mobility Supercenter.

Q:  As any job has, I am sure there are some challenges.  What would you say are the biggest challenges in your job?

A:  I think the fact that I can’t help everyone that walks through the door would be the biggest challenge I have.  Sometimes, unfortunately, there isn’t always a viable solution for everyone.  It could be due to funding or mobility. We try to help each client overcome these obstacles in every way we can, but it’s just not always possible.

Q:  Along with challenges I am sure there are some rewards.  What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A:  I think the relationships I have made along the way with the clients, adopting them as my own, has been the greatest reward.  Clients call just to see how I’m doing and I do the same for them.  This job is different from those I’ve had in the past because clients trust me with their health and mobility.  It is extremely gratifying.

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Meet Chris Ginther – Master of Service Excellence Senior Mobility Technician at the Richmond Location

Q:  How did you get started in the Mobility Industry?

A:  Well, it was a fluke really, I was working for a dealership in Oregon and the Snap-On tool man came by one day and we were talking.  He told me about a mobility company that was looking for a technician.  I went and interviewed and was hired on the spot.

Q:  How many years ago was that, how long have you been working in the mobility industry?

A:  16 years.

Q:  Was it a big change from working in a car dealership?  I guess what I mean is, if you had to compare them how would you?

A:  There is a difference.  There are different challenges and everyone’s disability is different, so I must get to know the clients and talk with them to find out exactly what they need and how I can make driving easier for them with my installation.

Q:  How are you able to accommodate the range of disabilities to make driving easier?  That sounds like a hard task.

A:  My background in the vehicle industry helped and I have acquired over 30 certifications in the past 16 years.  I’ve been to trainings and schools all over the country.  I think that, paired with 16 years’ experience in the mobility industry, is a lot of what makes me successful.

Q:  What was your hardest certification to obtain or which are you most proud of earning?

A:  Without a doubt, my EMC certification. EMC is a company that makes digital driving devices that allow high level quadriplegics and amputees to drive.  It’s amazing.

Q:  What is your most memorable install/job?

A:  Actually, it was a job here not too long ago.  I had a young, male customer with prosthetic legs.  He didn’t want standard hand controls that are mounted on the side of the steering wheel because they got in the way of his transfer and he simply didn’t like the “look” of them.  I installed a Guido Simplex Ghost Ring, which is an accelerator that is hidden under the steering wheel.  To put it simply, you squeeze the ring and the car accelerates.  He needed a brake too and a MPS brake lever was also installed.  It was my first time installing this type of accelerator and I was nervous for the challenge.  But, they turned out great, the customer was beyond pleased and now I have another skill set in my back pocket that may help another client in the future.

Q:  Okay enough about work, what do you do for fun?

A:   I have a son that will be turning 1 this weekend.  That being said, I don’t have a lot of free time, but I do love to play disc golf when I get the chance.

 

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