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                                                                                                 Automotive Access Brieflys...
When the Veterans Mobility Safety Act (VMSA) became law in December 2016, one of
its goals was to provide updated quality standards for adaptive automotive equipment dealers who worked with the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But in a Jan. 4 bulletin to
its stakeholders, NMEDA noted, “Now in early January 2018,
and despite this Congressionally mandated deadline, the VA has yet to do so.” Saying that both its own members and veterans nationwide are waiting for updated safety rules to appear from the VA, NMEDA acknowledged being “frustrated that the VA has not met its duty. As such, we are working with our friends in Congress to make sure that the VA does its job and puts forth acceptable safety standards for automobile adaptive equipment providers
as soon as possible”... BraunAbility has named a new president/ CEO, following the retirement of industry veteran Nick Gutwein. Staci Kroon took over for Gutwein in late November, according to a BraunAbility news announcement. BraunAbility referenced Kroon’s “extensive and successful career with the Eaton Corp.,
a $20 billion global technology leader in power management solutions.” Kroon most recently served as executive VP of Eaton Business Systems, and previously was president of Eaton’s Automotive North America business. Gutwein, who had been BraunAbility’s CEO since 2008, praised Kroon’s background and abilities. “Ralph Braun founded our company 45 years ago,” Gutwein said, “with a passion to share
Staci Kroon
  the same mobility solutions he developed for himself with other wheelchair users to improve their quality of life. Our team has been dedicated to carrying on his legacy ever since, leading the mobility industry with innovative products and world-class quality. I am con dent we have chosen the right successor in Staci to continue our mission of ‘Making Life a Moving Experience’ for those with mobility challenges”... On Jan. 2, MobilityWorks announced
it had acquired Accessible Mobility Center in Concord, N.C. This brings MobilityWorks’ total number of branch locations to 72, in 24 states according to a news announcement. The new MobilityWorks location will serve accessible-vehicle clients in the Charlotte metro area. MobilityWorks’ corporate of ce is in Rich eld, Ohio. m
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