In brief

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

VGM taps radio personality

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group announced in March that Bryan Dodge, a professional speaker, radio personality and author, will keynote the 2012 VGM Heartland Conference in June. Dodge will speak June 5 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, the headquarters of the June 4-7 event. Also scheduled to appear at Heartland: Ms. Wheelchair America 2012, Josie Badger.

Lifegas creates bid website

MURRAY HILL, N.J. – Lifegas has created a new website to provide subcontracting solutions for oxygen providers involved in competitive bidding. The solutions range from standard oxygen concentrators to liquid oxygen to home tank filling systems. The site also has an area dedicated to answering questions about the makes and model numbers required to complete bids.

Somnetics has ‘game plan’

MINNEAPOLIS – Somnetics International, maker of the Transcend portable CPAP, has released a marketing support program for HME providers called “Transcend Game Plan.” The program includes tools, incentives and personalized marketing coaching at no cost to retail partners. Tools include point of purchase display, box and envelope stuffers, and newsletter and web assets. It’s designed to promote cash sales.

Moxi debuts website

ST. LOUIS – Moxi Enterprises, a manufacturer of American-made therapeutic support surfaces, has a new website,, and has increased its warranty from one year to five years. The new website includes product information and free white papers. Moxi manufactures the SelectAir and BariSelect low-air-loss systems.

Short takes: Convaid, Philips, VGM creative

Convaid has donated a Safari Tilt wheelchair to Phyllis Sluman and her daughter Makalla who has cerebral palsy. Makalla’s old chair was damaged beyond repair during a tornado in their hometown of West Liberty, Ky.…Royal Philips Electronics joined the World Association of Sleep Medicine as an official sponsor of World Sleep Day 2012 on March 16. This year’s theme—“Breathe Easily, Sleep Well”—centered on raising awareness of sleep disorders that affect a person’s breathing, such as OSA…VGM Creative, The VGM Group’s in-house design agency, and VGM Forbin, its web marketing/design firm, won American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards.

People takes

Mike Mallaro, CFO and CIO of The VGM Group, has been named one of the Top10 Financial Executives by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier newspaper…Pride Mobility Products and Quantum Rehab have promoted Jay Brislin to vice president of Quantum Rehab…H.D. Smith has appointed Bill Williams company-wide CFO…Ottobock has hired Tammi Brasfield as a sales rep for Mobility Solutions.