Former American Foundation for the Blind Chairman Larry Kimbler Joins Envision Board of Directors
By Holly Herring • Dec 22, 2022
Prominent industry leader will greatly benefit Envision, the nation’s premier service provider to and employer of individuals who are blind or visually impaired
Wichita, Kan. (Dec. 19, 2022) – Envision has welcomed Larry B. Kimbler, former American Foundation for the Blind Chairman, to the Envision Board of Directors. He joins a prominent group of leaders who support Envision’s mission to advance opportunities and employment for people who are blind or visually impaired. Mr. Kimbler lives in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Kimbler served as a Sergeant (paratrooper) in the Army. He is also a retired Certified Public Accountant and received the Master Professional designation by the International Development Research Council (IDRC). He has had many executive leadership roles within the finance, real estate and land development industries. Mr. Kimbler was the Executive Vice President for the Staubach Company in Dallas and has authored articles on real estate investing and negotiating, and was a consultant to a Japanese real estate think tank.
One of his passions is leveling the playing field for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Mr. Kimbler’s interest is the result of watching his daughter's childhood friend who is blind become an independent and productive adult. Her success was due in large part to her parents being able to provide her with the technical and emotional support that a typical person who is blind may not be afforded.
“I’m honored to be able to continue helping people who are blind or visually impaired find employment and happiness by joining the strategic Board of Directors at Envision,” said Larry B. Kimbler. “Envision and Envision Dallas are making impressive progress in the areas of innovation, employment and workforce advancement within the industry and I look forward to being a part of it.”
Envision Dallas is home to the American Foundation of the Blind’s Center on Vision Loss and Esther’s Place model apartment – which Mr. Kimbler was instrumental in establishing. The space is specifically designed and equipped to acquaint people who are blind or visually impaired with adaptive products, appliances and techniques - allowing them to gain higher levels of confidence, independence, and self-sufficiency in a home environment.
“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Kimbler join our board,” said Sam Williams, Chairman of the Board, Envision. “Mr. Kimbler is well-known within the blind and visually impaired community, and he understands our goals and mission well. Without a doubt, he will help us forge new collaborations and partnerships while providing inspirational leadership for the whole organization.”
Envision, headquartered in Wichita, Kan., provides opportunities to build skills, confidence and independence through programs, rehabilitation, groundbreaking research and child development for people who are blind or visually impaired. Envision acquired the former Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind in 2018, renaming it to Envision Dallas and expanding its programs and services to the more than 150,000 North Texans who are blind or visually impaired. Since its acquisition, Envision Dallas has taken strategic steps to expand and enhance its operations by adding more products and job opportunities in manufacturing, and new clients and more positions in the Envision Interface contact center.
About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.
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