New Bosma CEO Hopes to Set Example

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy of Bosma Enterprises) (photo courtesy of Bosma Enterprises)
INDIANAPOLIS -

The incoming chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises hopes his appointment can serve as an example for businesses and others who are blind or visually impaired. Jeffrey Mittman, who currently serves as chief operating officer for the organization that supports the visually impaired, will become the first blind CEO for Bosma in August, succeeding the retiring Lou Moneymaker. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Mittman talked about what that distinction means to him.

"First and foremost, I think me being the first blind or visually impaired CEO can serve as an example to people outside of the organization as much as anything to prove that when we say that somebody who's blind or visually impaired can do just about anything with the right accommodation, I think me being in that position really talks to that and sets the example," said Mittman. "Then, for other people who are blind or visually impaired, I think it serves hopefully as an inspiration or goal that it's true."

Mittman became blind in 2005 while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. He became COO of Bosma in July 2018 and says he will continue the nonprofit organization's plans for growth.

"We're always looking to expand, not only the services we provide for people who are blind or visually impaired, but those employment opportunities. So as we expand our customer base and the products or services we offer, we're hoping to grow the number of opportunities and grow the actual number of people who are blind or visually impaired that we employ. So we're looking across commercial markets. We're looking across the federal government. We're looking at additional training and services we can provide people because our ultimate goal is that people who are blind or visually impaired have the opportunity to live independent lives."

Mittman says, in order for Bosma's success to continue, the organization is focusing on expanding its commercial partnerships locally, regionally, and nationally. He says he hopes to grow the number of employment opportunities for people.

Mittman talked about what that distinction of being the first blind CEO for Bosma means to him.
  • Perspectives

    • Ahh…Yes! Turning a Hot Mess into a Cool Breeze

      "Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them," is attributed to Einstein over 75 years ago. This still holds true, particularly in challenging communications. Many people address conflict at the level it was created by rehashing and building more evidence for their ‘side’ of an argument. Repeating a position tends to intensify the separation of people.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • The IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will now be named for Fred Luddy for his $60M gift. (photo courtesy James Brosher/IU)

      $60M Gift to IU, Second Largest in School History

      An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.

    • POET ethanol co. announced in Aug 2019 it was closing the plant in Cloverdale. (photo courtesy: POET)

      Cloverdale Ethanol Plant Closes

      South Dakota-based POET LLC, the nation’s largest biofuels producer, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its biorefining plant in Cloverdale, leaving 50 Hoosiers without jobs effective Friday. The company tells Inside INdiana Business that it is not making any changes to the plans announced two months ago. 

    • Purdue Global Now Offers Analytics Degree

      The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in the field of data analysis are projected to grow 26 percent over the next ten years. Acting upon that data, Indianapolis-based Purdue University Global has launched a new Bachelor of Science degree program in analytics. 

    • The multi-year road project stretched from Bloomington to Indianapolis.

      I-69 Road Project Update

      The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled three public meetings for next week to update the community on the I-69 Section 6 road project.    Section 6 is an approximately $1.5 billion new interstate project stretching from Martinsville to I-465 in Indianapolis.

    • (Image of downtown Shelbyville courtesy of Mainstreet Shelbyville Inc.)

      Shelbyville Unveils Major Downtown Redevelopment

      The city of Shelbyville is announcing what it calls a major downtown redevelopment project to boost overall quality of life. The project plans feature green spaces, increased parking, market-rate housing, and infrastructure for public entertainment and community events.