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Bosma Enterprises today announced former CEO Lou Moneymaker will be given the 2019 Hasbrook Award. The award is named in honor of Thomas C. Hasbrook, who lost his sight in combat during WWII and spent the rest of his life devoted to bettering the lives of people who are blind.

Bosma Enterprises – Indiana’s largest employer of Hoosiers who have lost their sight and a leading provider of rehabilitation and training services for people with blindness or visual impairment – presents the award annually to an individual demonstrating outstanding service to the blind community.

“Lou is a very deserving recipient and joins a list of prestigious advocates,” said Bosma Enterprises President and CEO Jeffrey Mittman. “Lou embodies Hasbrook’s commitment to service, and he has dedicated his life to creating equal opportunities and independence for people who are blind or visually impaired.”

Moneymaker served as Bosma Enterprises CEO for 17 years. Under his guidance, Bosma Enterprises grew its annual revenue from $2 million to $70 million and positioned itself as a national leader for issues impacting people who are blind and visually impaired. As the organization expanded, its ability to provide training and employment services for Hoosiers experiencing vision loss has vastly increased as well.

Prior to Bosma Enterprises, Moneymaker spent 32 years as a teacher, coach and dean at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Indianapolis. He will be honored at the annual Hasbrook Luncheon next week. Additional awards include:

  • Employment Innovation – Kauffman Engineering
    Kauffman Engineering, one of the largest and most advanced manufacturers of wire harness and cable assemblies in the United States, partners with Bosma Enterprises to manufacture and package the company’s injection molding parts. During a recent search for supply chain partners, the company chose to positively impact a disadvantaged workforce and serve as an example to other manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Community Partner of the Year – Impact Networking

Impact Networking partners with small and medium-sized businesses to provide enterprise-level IT and software solutions focused on digitally transformation. The company is a longtime supporter of Bosma Enterprises, providing critical funds to further the organization’s mission to help Hoosiers with vision loss achieve independence.

Nationally, people who are blind or visually impaired face a 70% unemployment rate – more than 18 times the rate of unemployment for sighted Americans.

Bosma Enterprises provides opportunities for those with vision loss in several areas, including training and employment programs, community employment services and support to employers of people who are visually impaired. The organization itself operates various lines of business, including supply chain management, medical kitting and contract packaging.

The annual Hasbrook Luncheon takes place on Thursday, Nov. 7 at The Crane Bay Event Center in Indianapolis.

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