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Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IBVI) create and grow employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.

About Us

Cindy A.

IBVI team member since 2008

Our Mission. Our Promise.

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

  • 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.

Our Core Values

Support and Celebrate Upward Mobility
Provide World Class Service to Our Customers
Ensure Honor and Integrity in All That We Do
Diversify and Innovate Our Business
Build Trust With Open and Honest Communication
Embrace and Drive Change
Challenge the Unlimited Potential of Our People

“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 team member since 2014

Our Leadership Team

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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.
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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.
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Patrick Crain

Chief Manufacturing and Logistics 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.
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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.

Mallikarjun (“Mallik”) Balla

Chief Information Officer
Mallik’s passionate belief that technology can and will change the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired everywhere is what sets him apart from other CIOs. Because of this, Mallik pours himself into developing talented, curious, and creative self-starters willing to tackle information technology in new ways. As CIO, Mallik is responsible for creating and coordinating IBVI’s technology strategy, while supporting the teams at IBVI responsible for customer satisfaction, innovation, and enhancing the personal and economic independence of people who are blind and visually impaired.

Jeff Madden

Chief Financial Officer
Jeff joined IBVI in 2019 after gaining over 25 years of accounting experience in the food manufacturing industry. In his role at IBVI, Jeff oversees the daily functions of the accounting and finance teams, human resources, pricing, and contracts teams. Jeff brings to IBVI vast accounting and system implementation experience from both large public companies and small family owned operations alike. In looking for a change and a new career opportunity, Jeff was drawn to IBVI by their mission and the opportunity to make a difference. He intends to use his knowledge and expertise to help IBVI continue to grow that mission.

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, more than 50% of IBVI’s employees are blind or visually impaired, and we continue our mission to bring new purpose to their lives.

Contact Us

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