SBA honors Alpine founder
SALT LAKE CITY – When HME provider Jay Broadbent started out in 1997, he was just one man with a van.
Fast forward 19 years and the founder and CEO of Alpine Home Medical Equipment has been named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Small Business Person of the Year for Utah.
“I look at this as an Alpine Home Medical award rather than a Jay Broadbent award,” said Broadbent. “I really look at it as our company and all of the really good people that work hard day in and day out earning the award.”
Broadbent was nominated for the award by his local bank. The criteria for the award include staying power, growing employee numbers, increasing sales, and innovation in products or services offered.
Today, Alpine Home Medical has nearly 200 employees and eight locations that cover the entire state of Utah, and a location in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The provider offers a full line of home medical and respiratory equipment, bath safety products, lifts and wheelchairs.
The SBA award is a testament to the hard work of not only Broadbent and his employees, but also the HME industry, he says.
“We are so heavily regulated—they are just squeezing every drop of blood out of the HME industry,” he said. “But, that’s forcing us to be more innovative and look at better ways to do things.”
Broadbent and SBA award winners from the other 49 states and the U.S. territories were honored during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on May 1 and 2.