About Us

Annette & Jimmy

ibvi family members since 2008 & 2017

Our Mission. Our Promise. Our Marching Orders.

At Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ibvi), our mission, our promise, our marching orders are straightforward. They’re what make us who we are. And they can be distilled into five simple core values:

  • Create and grow employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Provide the best, most cost-effective industrial supplies and friendly customer service.
  • Be the leading voice in educating businesses on how to create, design, and build accessible workplaces for the blind and visually impaired.
  • Balance job creation, capital investments, and profitability while adhering to regulatory requirements supported by an ISO 9001 Standard and Quality Policy.
  • Create an open, collaborative environment that fosters innovative business ideas, engages employees, and adds a true sense of belonging.

“One of my favorite parts of my job is assembling tool kits for the military. Doing so makes me feel like my job has a real purpose and that I am truly helping those in the armed services.”

Matt B

ibvi family members since 2014

Our Leadership Team

CJ Lange

CJ Lange

President and CEO
CJ Lange joined ibvi in 2000 and is the President and CEO of Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. (ibvi) and the architect of a highly successful career during which he has innovated around technology, consistently implemented and executed strategies successfully, and unified the organization to create business opportunities for the blind and visually impaired. With keen insight for identifying new channels of business development and a talent for building and managing high-performing teams that fuel growth and creative positive change, CJ drives ibvi’s mission to create superior customer products and services, and be a difference-maker in people’s lives.
Cindy Pinkley

Cindy Pinkley​

Chief Financial Officer
A member of the team since 2008, Cindy’s financial expertise, energetic management style, and experience allow her to oversee a lean accounting department. She also leads our Organizational Development and Human Resources teams. Her passion to safeguard blind employment is unwavering and never fails to shine through.
Emmanuel Vouvakis

Emmanuel Vouvakis

Chief Innovation Officer
Emmanuel Vouvakis joined the ibvi team in 2016 with over 30 years of experience in technology development and a passion for philanthropic causes. His unique background and belief in our mission have given him the tools to provide critical insights as leader of our customer service and technologies divisions. Emmanuel has been instrumental in shaping organizational growth through the implementation of adaptive technologies to better serve our clients and safeguard opportunities for upward mobility of veterans and those who are blind or visually impaired.
Patrick Crain

Patrick Crain

Chief Operating Officer
With over 20 years of distribution and manufacturing experience and a dedication for continuous improvement, Patrick is the ideal person to oversee day-to-day manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, and engineering operations. His commitment to his team is evidenced in his close mentorship of managees.
Deb Lucas

Deb Lucas

Senior Vice President, Business Development ibviCustom
Deb joined ibvi in December 1993 and over the years, she has had numerous positions spanning procurement, engineering, product development, and creating a new core business in custom imprinted products. Today she leads the successful ibviCustom as Senior Vice President of Business Development.
Rich Weigold

Rich Weigold

Senior Vice President, Product & Channel Management
Rich joined ibvi in 1996 as a Warehouse Shipping/Receiving Manager. In the years since, he has shaped new markets, developed strategies for expansion, and forged key partnerships—all of which have led directly to increased employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.

Through the Years

Inspired by the past. Committed to the Future.

In 1948, Paul Fryda had a vision: to provide a job for his brother, who was blind. So he opened Alwin Products Co. Within just a few years, he renamed it Industries for the Blind, and restructured it as a nonprofit to create more jobs for the blind community. Today, 70 years later, nearly 50% of ibvi’s employees are blind or visually impaired, and we continue our mission to bring new purpose to their lives.

man working in the warehouse

Contact Us

To learn more about who we are or inquire about our employment opportunities—get in touch to speak with a representative.