6 Summer Travel Tips

Guest blog post by Bob Vogel

Summertime is finally here! Time to hit the open road, vacation in the sun, leave the familiar routine behind and enjoy new places, sights, sounds and adventures. Summer travel also presents challenges ranging from having enough gas to make it to the next town to remembering to apply sunscreen and bug repellent before we get burned or bit. Being a wheelchair user adds a few additional challenges. As I embark on into my 27th year of road-trip vacationing as a T10 para, I’ve developed a mental list of tips and tricks to make a smoother trip, as well as a few hidden dangers to watch out for.

 

1. Get a US National Park Golden Access Pass

If you are planning on visiting a US national park be sure to obtain an Access Pass (also called Golden Access Pass)—free to any US citizen or permanent resident that has a permanent disability. The Access Pass provides free entrance to all National Parks. Since the free entrance applies per vehicle, it makes me feel like a big spender when I’m riding with friends on camping or scuba trips—when we get to the entrance I get a kick out of whipping out my card and saying “I’ve got this!” I’ve found the access card also provides a 50 percent discount on camping and other services.

 

2. Join AAA

Travel with a cell phone and car charger and be sure to join AAA. For $51 a year you get a “Classic” (basic membership) membership in AAA, which provides good piece of mind knowing that just a phone call away is an AAA driver ready to fix a wide range of annoyances from getting keys out of a locked car, dead battery, flat tire, and, if the problem is more serious, free towing up to five miles. I suggest moving up to the AAA Plus plan at $91 a year which extends the free towing range to 100 miles and if you run your car out of gas, will send a driver out and put 7 ½ gallons of gas in your car to get you to the next station or town. I learned about the gas coverage when it was my shift to drive on a vacation with friends and I ran the car out of gas on a long deserted stretch of road in Nevada. An AAA membership is also a great way to get discounts from hotels and restaurants, to shopping entertainment and attractions.

 

3. Use kayak.com for booking travel arrangements

When it comes to discount travel sites for hotel, rental car and airline travel, in my experience, www.kayak.com works best—the site synthesizes fares from all other sites into one list. A word of caution—from my own experience—after booking a hotel or rental car reservation on the site, be sure to follow-up with a phone call to the hotel or rental car agency and double check they have the reservation. Most importantly, double check that they have any special requests like wheelchair accessible room, and/or vehicle equipped with hand controls. I found out the hard way that these requests can and do get lost in the shuffle, something that is prevented by a follow-up phone call.

 

4. Don’t forget to protect your skin

Sitting in one place on a long drive is a recipe for skin pressure so be sure to sit on a proper cushion in the car. Many people find the easiest way to do this is to sit on their wheelchair cushion. For me, the cushion I use on my handcycle, a ROHO® LOW PROFILE® Dual Valve Cushion, works great as a car seat cushion as well.

 

5. Check the water temperature of hotel showers and bathtubs

An important word of caution when using a shower or bathtub at a hotel (or while staying with friends), hot water can quickly cause third-degree burns. Although the ADA says the maximum bathtub or shower temperature should not exceed 120 degrees, a 2004 national survey found 78 percent of hot water temperatures in major hotel chains exceeded this. To put this into perspective, the human pain threshold is around 110 F. Water of 124 F will cause a second-degree burn in two minutes, and at 140 F it will cause a third-degree burn in five seconds!

Test water temperature with an area of skin that has sensation before getting into a tub of water and never let warm or hot water run on skin with no sensation. Always have part of the stream on skin that does have sensation. I learned this the hard way when I had the temperature on my hot water heater set too high. While taking a bath, I added hot water and I wasn’t paying attention. Thirty seconds later the hot water had scalded my foot and I ended up in the hospital with a third-degree burn. Last December, on vacation in Florida I was almost burned again—I was sitting on a bench in a hotel’s roll-in shower I moved the stream of water onto my legs while I lathered up my hair. When I moved the water rinse my hair it had gotten quite hot and the skin on my legs was bright and hot! I immediately turned the water to the coldest setting and ran it over my legs for five minutes. Luckily, I caught it in time, and the cold water helped prevent a burn. For additional information on hotel hot water dangers see “Travel Matters: Hotel Hot Water and Rental Car Burn Dangers” in New Mobility Magazine.

 

6. Protect your skin in the shower while traveling

Last, but not least is protecting your skin when faced with less than ideally accessible bathrooms like the kind I encounter when staying with friends. For me, the most dangerous are the knife-like tracks on the lip of a tub that has sliding shower doors. A close second is the type of shower with a single knife-like lip that the shower door closes on. In a pinch, a bath mat and/or bathroom towels draped over the lip of the tub or shower works well. I also sit on the bathmat or towel to protect my skin on the floor of the shower—especially from the shower drain with its “cheese grater” like surface. However, I find it much easier and safer to use my ROHO ADAPTOR PAD®. I drape the ADAPTOR PAD over the side of the tub to protect my skin during transfers—and then sit on the pad in the tub or floor of the shower. The ADAPTOR PAD is also a great option to protect skin while sitting on the hard surface of roll-in shower benches.

Wishing you fun, fulfilling and safe summer vacations and adventures!

 

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Bob VogelBob Vogel, 51, is a freelance writer for the ROHO Community blog. He is a dedicated dad, adventure athlete and journalist. Bob is in his 26th year as a T10 complete para. For the past two decades he has written for New Mobility magazine and is now their Senior Correspondent. He often seeks insight and perspective from his 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, and Schatzie, his 9-year-old German Shepherd service dog. The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are those of Bob Vogel and do not necessarily reflect the views of The ROHO Group. You can contact Bob Vogel by email at online.relations@therohogroup.com.

Aging and SCI: 4 Steps to Staying Healthy for the Long Haul

Guest blog post by Bob Vogel

 

The common saying that dogs resemble their owners (or is it the other way around?) — is becoming more apparent for Schatzie — my 10-year-old German Shepherd Service dog — and me these days. At 52, — 27 years as a T10 para — my goatee is graying at the same rate as Schatzie’s muzzle at 10. In the morning, my shoulders are stiff and sore. I can tell Schatzie’s hindquarters are a bit stiff when she first steps out of her crate, stretches and comes over to my bed to give me gentle nuzzle.

Staying healthy as we age with SCI is a frequent topic of discussion among the friends that I roll with — we seem to be aging quicker than our non-disabled acquaintances. I often joke that SCI ages us in dog years. Fortunately there are steps that can help avoid this accelerated aging process — steps that friends and I were lucky to have learned in our younger days from mentors and peers, who had often learned the hard way with bodies that wore out before their time. Following this advice and sharing it has helped us stay healthy for the long haul. Here are four simple steps to help stay healthy over the long haul.

 

1. Stay in Motion

Newton was right, a body in motion tends to stay in motion, and a body at rest, umm, doesn’t want to put down the TV remote and get up off of the couch. I spend a lot of time working at the computer which can leave me feeling lethargic, tired and/or a bit depressed — and all I want is the TV remote or a nap. Friends will remind me to go for a push, meet a friend for coffee, go for a handcycle ride. When I listen and do a social or physical activity I end up with much more energy, enthusiasm and creativity than if I had taken a nap.

Experts suggest a daily routine of 30-minutes of aerobic exercise is very important for overall health. This should be something fun and simple, like going on a 30-minute push in the chair. For me, choosing take Schatzie on a walk into town to get the mail, instead of taking the car, is relaxing and gets the endorphins moving. Another great way I grab a quick endorphin-producing workout during a busy day is by riding my handcycle on a stationary trainer for 30-45 minutes. As always, be sure to use a good cushion on the handcycle — I use a ROHO® LOW PROFILE® Dual Valve Cushion, custom made to fit my handcycle seat. In addition to more energy, the workout seems to sharpen my thoughts and helps keep me in good enough shape to enjoy weekend adventures. A good stationary trainer costs around $300 at bike shops, a little less online, and used ones at bargain prices can often be found on Craigslist.

 

2. Stay Trim and Light

As we age, metabolism slows down and it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds here and there until it really starts adding up. I hear stories of wheelers who put on weight that ends up causing a domino effect of problems, from shoulder trouble and pressure sores to type II diabetes. I also know wheelers that gained weight and through watching their food intake have managed loose lose it. I find keeping my weight under control is a bit easier if I check it on a scale every couple of days — if it starts to creep up I eat a bit less and try and exercise a bit more. I start by keeping an eye on my weight by transferring off of my chair onto my ROHO ADAPTOR PAD® on the bathroom floor, then transferring my butt onto the bathroom scale and lifting up my feet to check the scale. Doing this also helps me keep up my chair to floor — and back — transfer skills.

 

3. Keep Your Shoulders Balanced

Keep shoulders balanced. I learned this about 15 years after my injury when I had over-trained for an event and my shoulders were really hurting. I sought advice from a peer who had permanently damaged his shoulders from overuse. He explained shoulder damage is common in wheelchair users, often from overdeveloping the muscles in the front of the shoulders — which pulls the shoulders forward and out of balance. He explained the need to rest when shoulders they are sore or hurt, and do exercises — like rowing motions — to balance the back of the shoulder. He also suggested going to a sports medicine clinic and seeing a sports medicine physical therapist (PT). I took his advice, saw a Sports PT who, in turn, gave me a set of stretches and exercises that helped balance out my shoulders and over time relieved the pain. Sticking with those basic exercises and resting shoulders when they sore rather than “push through the pain” have kept them healthy — albeit a bit sore in the morning — to this day.

Anecdotally, a simple day-to-day trick to help keep shoulders in balance is get in the habit of backing your wheelchair up ramps and hills instead of pushing forward — this works the muscles in the back of the shoulders. Another way to balance shoulders is by handcycling and concentrating on the “pulling back” part of the cycle stroke and relaxing on the “pushing forward” part. For further information on ways to balance shoulders see resources.

 

4. Use the Proper Cushion and Do Daily Skin Checks

The most important advice I got from mentors and peers is to use the proper cushion and to continue doing the skin checks with a mirror like I was taught in rehab. Back in 1985, when I got out of rehab I was sent home on a memory foam cushion, despite asking my therapist for a ROHO Single Valve Cushion. I still remember my therapists faulty reasoning, “If I get you a ROHO you will get lazy and will rely on the cushion and won’t do as many weight shifts as you’re suppose to.” Looking back, all I can think is, “WHAT??!!” A few months out of rehab, despite constant weight shifts, an evening mirror check caught the first stage of a small pressure sore on my bony butt — I immediately got a ROHO Cushion and the sore healed. Fortunately, that was my one and only pressure sore. My skin remains healthy after 27-years (and counting) of diligently doing skin checks with a mirror every morning and evening combined with the proper cushion, a custom ROHO QUADTRO SELECT® MID PROFILE™ Cushion.

Unfortunately, I hear all too many stories of wheelers that never had a skin issue and for years had a minimal cushion and felt they didn’t have to worry about skin checks. Sadly, the story frequently changes somewhere between 10-20 years after their injury when a massive pressure sore strikes and they end up flat on their stomach in the hospital awaiting skin flap surgery — followed by months of recovery in a nursing home. I advise friends to take a few moments to check your skin with a mirror every morning and evening, along with making sure you have the proper cushion for your seating needs. That is the best insurance you can make to keep your skin healthy and avoid a pressure sore.

Stay healthy my friends!

 

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Bob VogelBob Vogel, 51, is a freelance writer for the ROHO Community blog. He is a dedicated dad, adventure athlete and journalist. Bob is in his 26th year as a T10 complete para. For the past two decades he has written for New Mobility magazine and is now their Senior Correspondent. He often seeks insight and perspective from his 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, and Schatzie, his 9-year-old German Shepherd service dog. The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are those of Bob Vogel and do not necessarily reflect the views of The ROHO Group. You can contact Bob Vogel by email at online.relations@therohogroup.com.

Dan Buchanan, International Airshow Performer, Mentor, ROHO User

Guest blog post by Bob Vogel

Dan Buchanan. Photo courtesy of Dan Buchanan.

Friends and mentors are priceless. In 1985, while still coming to grips with my spinal cord injury in the rehab hospital, a fellow hang-glider pilot named, Dan Buchanan, who is also a T8 complete para came to visit me. Dan’s visit helped me a great deal, mainly because in between dolling out tidbits of SCI survival wisdom he kept looking out the window. Within a short period of time he said “Man, the weather is looking really good for flying, so I gotta go. I’ll catch you later.” This was the perfect thing to say! The light went on! Dan’s life revolves around flying hang gliders! Paralysis wasn’t even on the radar screen.

Dan helped show me the ropes of thriving with SCI, everything from advice in ordering equipment: “Order the smallest chair you can fit into, and tell your therapist you want a ROHO cushion,” to helping me rig my hang glider and get back in the air. Over time we’ve become close friends and shared many adventures.

As I said, Dan’s life revolves around in flying hang gliders, so much so that in 1989 he left a successful career in mechanical engineering to pursue a path as a professional airshow hang glider pilot.

Dan devoted years into honing his routines, methodically developing, refining, and marketing his airshow performances. These days he is one of the most sought after air-show acts in on the circuit!

One of the many cool things about Dan’s airshow act is that it enables the general public to see beyond a wheelchair. His chair has nothing to do with the act. That is, until the finale.

To get airborne, Dan launches from a moving trailer driving down the runway at 35 mph. Once he is in the air, a winch on the trailer pays out line as Dan steadily tow-climbs to altitude as the trailer is towed down the runway. He has long colorful streamers and smoke from canisters trailing his glider. He has crafted several different routines, from an opening act flying with an American flag while the Star Spangle Banner plays, to night routines complete with lights and bright pyrotechnics.

Dan’s day show is a comedy act where he “mistakenly” launches during the middle of another performers aerobatic routine. The announcer, the other performer and Dan all exchange banter on the PA and “pretend” it is a mistake, but Dan refuses to leave the sky. Soon a police car is on the ground chasing the tow trailer and the aerobatic airplane tries to chase Dan out of the sky by buzzing his hang glider. Dan tries to chase the plane away by shooting special effects rockets and pyrotechnics, his version of a “3rd world warbird impression.” At this point Dan’s altitude is about 1,500 feet and he releases the tow rope and the announcer introduces him. He gently swoops, turns and glides down and rolls to a stop front of the audience.

An aerobatic airplane tries to "chase" Dan Buchanan out of the sky during airshow performance. Photo courtesy of Dan Buchanan.

This is when the announcer explains that Dan is a paraplegic, while overhead a helicopter delivers Dan’s wheelchair which is dangling from a cable. The aerobatic plane lands and tows Dan in his wheelchair over to the crowd where Dan shakes hands, answers questions and signs autographs.

Each year during the airshow season  —  April through October  —  Dan’s performances are seen by millions of people around the world as he travels to over 25 cities. To get from show to show requires driving more than 45,000 miles each summer. It is not uncommon for Dan to drive thousands of miles in a single week to get from one show to the next.

In addition to North America, Dan has performed in Australia, Japan, Thailand, El Salvador, The United Arab Emirates, Canada and Mexico  —  an exhausting travel schedule requiring lots of windshield time as well as sitting on very long commercial flights often across many time zones.

In December, Dan was honored by his peers on the airshow circuit when he received the Art Scholl Award for Showmanship at the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) convention banquet  —  one of the highest honors an airshow pilot can receive.

Last week I was fortunate enough to catch up with Dan via phone while he was doing a “short” 700-mile commute from North Carolina to Tennessee for his next show.

Bob Vogel (BV): Congratulations on the Art Scholl Award. Did you know it was coming?

Dan Buchanan (DB): No I didn’t. It was a complete surprise and a great honor  —  also a bit embarrassing. All the other pilots are flying planes, jets and helicopters that cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, and here I am flying a hang glider that cost around six-thousand dollars. But mainly it was a great honor.

BV: So I’m trying to do the math — how old are you and how many years have you been injured?

DB: I’m 56-years-old and this is my 31st year as a para.

BV: Wow! I’m 52 and 27 years post injury. It seems to me having a SCI ages us in dog years, how do you manage to keep healthy, especially with all of the travel, days of driving and overseas flights?

DB: Part of it is I come from the old school rehab where they drummed into you the how to take care of myself. I manage to keep myself thin so I’m not stressing my shoulders. I also do a skin check with a mirror every day. So far, so good.

BV: What kind of cushion are you sitting on these days?

DB: I’m sitting on a ROHO® QUADTRO SELECT® LOW PROFILE®. I love these things, I’ve been sitting on a ROHO ever since I was hurt. I wouldn’t sit on anything else. I’m not sponsored by them. I don’t even get a free cushion. In fact, I paid cash for my last cushion because I was about to head out of the country and didn’t have time to mess with prescriptions and insurance.

And I always make sure my ROHO is under me — on my car seat, on the seat on the airplane, you name it.

BV: So even with all of your travel, no pressure sores?

DB: Nope, I’ve never had a pressure sore. But I’ve dodged a pressure sore bullet. Years ago I got careless and was sitting on a seat without a cushion for a while and got the start of a pressure sore. Fortunately, I caught it during my mirror check the same day. I was on a ROHO HIGH PROFILE® Single Valve at the time…Sure enough it worked, and the area got a little better every day. Within two weeks it was gone.

I learned my lesson and always keep a cushion underneath me. And like I said, I check my skin with a mirror because I can’t afford to miss a show and I don’t ever want to end up on my stomach for a couple months trying to heal a pressure sore.

BV: Thanks Dan! Safe travels!

Thinking back to when Dan first visited me in rehab I remember asking him if he thought there would be a cure for SCI — something I secretly hoped for. He replied. “I don’t think so. But here is the deal, let’s say there is a cure in say 25-years. Project yourself 25-years in the future and think back on what you would have wanted to do. Live an amazing life full of adventure, or mope about waiting for a cure?” I took those words to heart. Here I am 27-adventure-filled-years later. Grateful for good advice from a good friend!

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Bob VogelBob Vogel, 51, is a freelance writer for the ROHO Community blog. He is a dedicated dad, adventure athlete and journalist. Bob is in his 26th year as a T10 complete para. For the past two decades he has written for New Mobility magazine and is now their Senior Correspondent. He often seeks insight and perspective from his 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, and Schatzie, his 9-year-old German Shepherd service dog. The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are those of Bob Vogel and do not necessarily reflect the views of The ROHO Group. You can contact Bob Vogel by email at online.relations@therohogroup.com.

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Job Openings

 

The ROHO Group has 4 positions available. They are:

 

Internships

The ROHO Group has openings for 2 paid summer internships. They are:

The internships are part-time positions that average 32–34 hours per week and pays $10/hr (or higher for specialized positions.) The internships typically last 8-12 weeks, running from May through August. The positions will be at the company’s headquarters in Belleville, IL (St. Louis Metro Area).

Interested applicants should apply on the company website no later than Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Please contact Jody Rhodes with any questions at jodyr@therohogroup.com.

 

Domestic Marketing Intern

Location: The ROHO Group (100 N. Florida Ave., Belleville, IL 62221)

The Marketing Department is seeking an intern who will perform miscellaneous marketing activities involving graphics and desktop publishing, clerical support and marketing research. The candidate will gain insight and hands on experience in the field of Marketing. This position will report to Jackie Klotz, Marketing Services Manager.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Graphics/Desktop Publishing: Develop, edit, archive and layout company literature, marketing presentations, online Art Library, etc.
  • Clerical Marketing/Miscellaneous Support: Filing, make and receive phone calls, prepare computer files, etc. Organize mailings and shipments for marketing and sales departments. Perform other miscellaneous duties such as local pick up of printing, photography, etc. Assist with local trade show product area; packing and unpacking
  • Market Research: Research medical and consumer markets and product opportunities on the web. May assist with marketing surveys and field studies via telephone, mail, etc. Assist with updates to medical customer database

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is a college student working on a bachelor’s degree in marketing, sales, communication or other related fields. The individual should be especially interested in marketing and technology and must possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office
  • Desktop publishing skills are very desirable – Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.
  • Web navigation and research skills
  • Mac skills desired
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • Can interface well with others via telephone or face to face

Interested applicants should apply online on The ROHO Group’s career website.

 

Insights Research Strategy Intern

Location: The ROHO Group (100 N. Florida Ave., Belleville, IL 62221)

The Insights Research Strategy Department is seeking a candidate to assist in building department infrastructure, product research, and marketing research. May perform quality control or data management. This position will report to Denise Arriaga, Insights Research Strategy Manager.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Conducts reviews and summarizes internet and library research and secondary research for assigned projects
  • Assist with the preparation of project related preliminary research, reports and presentations.
  • Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases; correct any errors
  • Document protocols in departmental reference manuals
  • Respond to panelists’ questions by email or phone within the parameters outlined by the Insights Team
  • Other projects and duties as assigned

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is a college student working on a bachelor’s degree in marketing research, marketing, business administration, social science, applied statistics or other related fields. The individual should be especially interested in marketing research and behavioral research and must possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Database software experience – (i.e., Excel, Access, Qualtrics, or other equivalent), email programs, word processing and presentation software
  • Clerical – Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Customer service focus/able to represent ROHO in a professional manner
  • Strong organizational skills/exceptionally detail-oriented
  • Can apply set procedures to similar situations and knows when to ask for help

Interested applicants should apply on The ROHO Group’s career website.

 

Full-Time Positions

Senior Director of IT

Location: The ROHO Group (100 N. Florida Ave., Belleville, IL 62221)

The ROHO Group seeks a Senior-Level IT Director with a strong, proven track record. This Director role will provide technology vision and leadership for the Company as a whole, based on priorities of the Senior Leadership Team, (SLT) including development and implementation of the technology initiatives. The incumbent will guide the organization in the selection, development and implementation of information technology strategies (use of automated systems and processes) that support, enable and enhance The ROHO Group’s overall business strategy and business functions. Provides company-wide direction in areas of policy and planning for data processing and related functions (communication, office systems, interplant connectivity, etc.). Understands technology trends and will advocate for technology driven solutions to benefit the organization.

This position will be responsible for a staff size of 4 individuals, and will report directly to the CFO/ Sr. VP of Administration for the Company.

Responsibilities:

  • Based on the company’s strategic plan and discussions with the SLT and other management, develops strategies that keep information technology and related processes flexible and responsive to company and customer needs. Provides leadership to the company in the establishment, management and execution of these strategies.
  • Identifies and articulates the proper long-term direction for the IT department, effectively communicating a highly technical and constantly changing subject into easily comprehensible business terminology to managers so that sound decisions can be made. Advocates and implements technology that drives efficiency, reduces costs, and improves responsiveness to customers’ needs.
  • Establishes IT policies, standards, practices and security measures, subject to approval of the IT Steering Committee (as appropriate), to ensure effective and consistent information technology operations and to safeguard information resources.
  • Serves as the liaison from the IT Department to the IT Steering Committee; communicates the current status of all IT projects to Committee members in advance of meetings and prepares agendas for IT Steering Committee meetings with the approval of the Committee chair.
  • Provides solid project management, business analysis skills and knowledge of manufacturing to key project teams throughout the company.
  • Directs the design, development, and maintenance of systems, programs, and systems software to meet management’s and company’s information needs.
  • Partners with management personnel throughout the company to ensure they have the information processing and systems counseling, guidance and training needed to facilitate their efforts to meet or exceed their goals.
  • Selects, develops, and motivates qualified staff to effectively carry out the department’s mission and provide for the continuity of managerial and specialized skills.
  • Stays abreast of technology advancements in the areas of systems and hardware and pro-actively incorporates new developments into the future systems of the company.
  • Establishes and implements a sound operational and organizational plan in direct support of the business plan within budgetary guidelines to contribute to cost-effective operation of the company.

Essential Skills:

  • BS/BA in computer science, business administration, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 10+ years of experience managing an information systems department in a medium or large sized firm.
  • Demonstrated business acumen with a track record of advocating teamwork and building strong, collaborative working relationships.
  • Advanced technical knowledge of networks, PC-based applications, and IS development and implementation.
  • Strong strategic thinking, leadership, project management, analytical and communication skills. Strong customer orientation.

Beneficial Skills and Experience: MBA. IT leadership experience in a manufacturing environment. System-conversion experience.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong evidence of strategic planning skills
  • Demonstrated company and department leadership skills
  • Well-developed project management and business analysis skills
  • Solid understanding of manufacturing operations
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to get along well with diverse personalities – tactful – mature – flexible.
  • Ability to establish credibility and be decisive – but able to recognize and support the organization’s preferences and priorities. Participative management style – advocates team concept.
  • High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in a well-organized manner and in conjunction with normal activities.
  • Strong analytical and reasoning abilities.
  • Proven ability to recruit, train, and motivate personnel in order to balance staffing strength with profitability and growth.
  • Experience with social media and web development.

Apply with resume and cover letter, including salary history and requirements on The ROHO Group’s career website.

The ROHO Group is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and we take the responsibility of hiring a talented and diverse workforce. M/F/D/V

Please contact Jody Rhodes with any questions at jodyr@therohogroup.com.

Independent Manufacturing Sales Representative, Europe — AIRHAWK

The ROHO Group is seeking an Independent Manufacturer’s Sales Representative to direct the distribution or movement of AIRHAWK motorcycle seating products and services to customers in Europe. This person will be responsible for increasing sales and broadening our penetration in our market segment, helping to grow our product offerings, and increasing profitability.

Regular activities will include:

  • Manage daily sales activities through a distributor network.
  • Visit customers in the marketplace to solidify relationships and/or develop new business.
  • Attend rallies and trade shows.
  • Conduct sales meetings and training sessions with distributor and broker networks throughout Europe.
  • Monitor and evaluate market pricing and competitive position; make recommendations as needed.
  • Assist in coordinating marketing activities with major distributors, including marketing and local program negotiations and other promos.
  • Perform customer service activities as needed.
  • Monitor and coordinate inventory level and product placement at regional warehouses.
  • Communicate business activities and needs to home office

Requirements include:

5+ years’ of Manufacturer’s Rep experience, preferably working with aftermarket motorcycle products such as wheels, handle bars, etc.; broad knowledge of such fields as advanced accounting, marketing, business administration, finance, etc. equivalent to four years of college; ability to speak multiple languages, including English, French, German, and either Italian or Spanish.

Frequent travel required.

Interested candidates should respond with cv or resume at:

http://www.therohogroup.com/corporate/careers.jsp view open jobs, Independent Manufacturing Sales Rep. Europe

Please contact Jody Rhodes with any questions at jodyr@therohogroup.com.

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