HME Woman of the Year finalists announced

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM has announced the four finalists for its second annual HME Woman of the Year award.

The finalists are Lelia Wilkerson, director, Heritage Medical Equipment & Supplies; Rita Stanley, vice president of government relations, Sunrise Medical; Barbara Smith, CEO, Healthline Medical Equipment, Inc.; and Maxine Paul, director of sales and operations, NuMotion, formerly owner of Academy Medical Equipment, Inc.

“These women are trailblazers and are passionate advocates for not only the industry, but for the patients they serve,” said Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates. “They exemplify the dedication and innovation required to have a positive impact on their business, co-workers, customers and the communities they serve.”

The finalists, who were selected from a pool of 38 nominees, will travel to Medtrade, where the winner will be announced on Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. in room C101 of the Georgia World Congress Center.

An honorary committee that included last year’s HME Woman of the Year, Dr. Kirsten Davin, chose the finalists using criteria that included implementing new business processes, advocating on behalf of the industry, improving the lives of patients and impacting the community through volunteerism.

Mike Mallaro, CEO of VGM, notified each of the finalists personally.

“There are so many in HME that do a great job, and to be acknowledged for that is amazing,” Wilkerson told him. “I’m around a lot of great people, and it’s very humbling that I was selected as a finalist.”