Backcountry mobility offered by local distributing company
Business name: Take Action Mobility LLC.
Location: Eagle County.
Date opened: 2010.
Owner: Anni Barta.
Contact information: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What goods or services do you provide? All Terrain Wheelchair with tank tracks allowing a paralyzed person to stand up. I am the distributor for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
What’s new or exciting at your place? We just introduced a narrower chair to be able to be carried in a handicap-accessible van. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News founded the Independence Fund that will award any service-injured veteran with one of our chairs.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? I was briefly paralyzed 50 years ago, and my ex-husband became paralyzed in 2009. When we were introduced to the Action Trackchair, I knew I wanted to be involved with this company. My philosophy is that being outdoors is the best therapy of all and everyone should be able to pursue everything the world has to offer. An everyday wheelchair has huge limitations providing outdoor access. But the ability to stand up and look people in the eye and feel whole again, just cannot be adequately described.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I grew up in Colorado and my passion was always skiing. I raced and taught skiing and many other sports. I got my degree in architecture and environmental design, and started a ski company in Boulder in early 1970 which grew rapidly. I sold that company and then went to work for Obermeyer, Swany gloves and Volant as a territorial rep for 30 years.
My husband and I started a outdoor TV show which I managed for nine years, and he became paralyzed six years into that show. When the show was canceled, I took over distribution for the Action Trackchair. It has been the most rewarding work I could have imagined. I’m changing lives every day. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to give the outdoors back to someone again.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? I would rather tell you about how life changing this chair is for someone who lives in a wheelchair, to stand up again changes so many things for them and to get into the woods or go to a beach is giving them back their freedom.
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