Employees of the Year made a grand entrance to the General Session of the 2016 NIB/NAEPB Conference and Expo.
“NO LIMITS” in big bold writing was the message used to draw people to the 2016 National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and National Association for the Employment for People Who Are Blind (NAEPB) National Conference and Expo. NIB uses “no limits” as shorthand for “there are no limits to what we can do.” Their yearly conference and expo supports this message by offering an opportunity to improve upon and showcase the abilities of people who are blind.
This year’s conference was held from September 14th through the 16th, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The conference featured various training programs, technology demonstrations, introduced new SKILCRAFT® products, and hosted a banquet to honor the employee of the year.
John La Varnway, who works as Channel Manager for The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. in Spokane, attended the conference and expo along with 18 other staff members including Melanie Wimmenauer (Vice President, Communications & Service Business), Karen Blake (Senior Vice President of Base Supply Centers), Bob Johnson (Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development), and Harry Egler (President and Interim CEO).
John lost his sight 19 years ago due to a brain tumor. He attended the NIB conference for the first time in October of last year, not long after starting work with the Lighthouse. He appreciates the opportunity to attend workshops and learn more about organizations at the conference. At this year’s conference, John particularly enjoyed the Employee of the Year Banquet and the General Services Admiration (GSA) event which covered how to market products and services to the government.