Recorded live in a Phoenix garage on a lunch break this is The Gearhead Project, where gearheads like us talk about stuff like how cars still represent freedom, and how we can use our automotive skills to change the world.
A few weeks ago, I got a tour of Vantage Mobility International (VMI). I was seriously moved by the experience. Most of us know our lives are better because we’ve played with cars—but here was an entire factory built around modifying vehicles for people who might not be able to drive otherwise.
This is one of those situations where I’m not entirely sure what to say. The stories I heard while I was at VMI were familiar. I could personally identify with the situations—but the experiences their customers have had in those situations blew me away—good and bad.
I’m really excited for this one. You’re going to remember what you hear today.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to Jeff Butler.
Here’s what we talk about in this episode:
- What Jeff does at VMI
- How he came to work at VMI
- Some of the unique, automotive challenges faced by wheelchair users
- Areas where gearheads might get involved and find meaningful work
- Things those of us who don’t use wheelchairs should know about those who do
A work-life harmony story
What we do for a living matters beyond the paycheck. In this episode, Jeff and I talk a bit about how what he does for a living fits with the rest of his life.