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Asheville businessman Russ Stinehour to join the Board of IFB Solutions

Dec 13, 2022 03:15PM ● By WNC Business

IFB Solutions, a nonprofit and the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country, has named the next term of officers on its Board of Directors, while also welcoming two new members to its board. IFB Solutions operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, N.C., Little Rock, Ark., and on Sardis Road in Asheville, N.C.

New to the board this term is Asheville businessman Russ Stinehour, vice president of business development for Ulu HI-Tech. Stinehour has served as a member and chairman of the IFB Solutions Advisory Board in Asheville. Stinehour, who is visually impaired, has worked with IFB Solutions since 2011 in a variety of roles, including helping to create eLearning solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Erik Cobham will serve as Chairman. He is vice president of strategy and business development for Avon Protection and a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps. Cobham first joined IFB’s Board of Directors in 2017.

  • Heather Robinson will serve as Vice Chairman. She is vice president, Building Technologies, for Honeywell headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
  • Robert Colucci will serve as Treasurer. He is a business consultant and retired senior executive with Essilor of America, an international ophthalmic optics company. 
  • Michael Rhoades will serve as Secretary and is joining the board as a new member. He is senior vice president and Triad market leader for Shelco. 
  • Mark Doughton will serve as Assistant Treasurer. He is a retired corporate executive with Inmar. 
  • Ann Johnston will serve as Assistant Secretary. She is a retired corporate executive with Reynolds American.

About IFB Solutions® 

IFB Solutions is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1936 as Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, and it provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As the largest employer of people who are blind in the United States, IFB operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina, and Little Rock, Arkansas, in addition to nearly 20 tactical gear and office supply Base Supply Center stores. Primary business activities include production of military tactical gear, products for home and business under the Pinnacle Mercantile Amazon storefront, as well as call center operations. IFB Solutions funds employee training and services as well as community programs through grants and private donations, making possible summer camps, afterschool programs and activities for children who are blind. Its Community Low Vision Centers in North Carolina and Little Rock, Arkansas are open to the public.

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