PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will present its prestigious Distinguished Service Award to Tim Barone, president and CEO of Arizona-based Vantage Mobility International (VMI), in recognition of the company’s outstanding contributions in support of the military community. The award will be presented at an April event on Capitol Hill. Only one other company, Starbucks, has also been selected to win a 2018 award.
The award recognizes organizations that are not in Congress but that have greatly aided people who served in the U.S. armed forces. Barone is being recognized for VMI’s work helping thousands of disabled veterans achieve independence and mobility through the company’s line of wheelchair accessible vehicles. “Tim Barone and Vantage Mobility International are helping wounded service members reclaim independence,” said MOAA President and CEO retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins. “That impacts every aspect of their lives.”
MOAA has bestowed the Distinguished Service awards since 1997 and past recipients have included Tom Brokaw, Toby Keith, and retired Army Gen. Colin Powell. Barone said, “VMI’s mission is to never forget the challenges that our customers face every day and our dedicated Veteran Advocate Center (VAC) is all about having a team of employees committed to meeting the needs of our veteran customer base. The employees who work in that department are veterans themselves and can truly relate to their needs.” VMI’s dedicated Veteran Advocate team members assist veterans everyday with information about exclusive VMI rebate programs such as Operation Independence and USAA, and the company has contributed over 2.1 million dollars to help veterans achieve greater independence. Barone added, “We are incredibly proud that our work in serving this community is being recognized and humbled by the prestigious company we are in as recipients of this award.”
VMI is a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles built on Toyota, Honda, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chassis. The company has advanced the mobility industry for 30 years with a robust portfolio of minivan and SUV conversions as well as platform lifts. VMI, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has also been awarded the prestigious Toyota Gold Certificate for Quality. Its manufacturing facility utilizes Six Sigma techniques to employ continuous process improvements that deliver high quality products for personal use and commercial applications. Visit www.vantagemobility.com.