Proudly Designed and Manufactured in Eaton, Colorado USA
Visilift was founded in 2007 with the goal of creating a home elevator unlike any other. For today's homeowner, functionality and aesthetic appeal must coexist throughout all aspects of a product. Industry experts, current manufacturers and designers said this could not be achieved due to engineering constraints, code requirements, and many other reasons. Visilift's founders thought otherwise. After years of research and development, Visilift has successfully created a product which meets residential code requirements in all 50 states while providing a beautiful addition to any home. Visilift's products are as beautiful as they are functional, and can be produced and installed without major modifications to existing home sites and seamlessly integrated into new construction projects. So to those so called "experts" who said it couldn't be done, we at Visilift say look again.
KEVIN SIMMONS - PRESIDENT
Kevin Simmons comes to Visilift as an experienced business man who has led a dozen small companies over the last two decades. Educated at Cornell University with a Masters in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and an MBA focused in Finance, Kevin Simmons combines engineering skill with business acumen to achieve clear business objectives through careful analysis. In 1993, Kevin founded IntegWare, an international software systems integrator for many of the world's largest companies. Prior to Kevin's sale of IntegWare in 2004, the company was named one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Colorado 6 years in a row. Before and during the years with IntegWare, Kevin founded, acquired and/or led many other businesses in the fields of residential construction, small manufacturing, sales and distribution, seafood processing, advertising and PR, moving and storage, elevator sales and installation, personal fire equipment remanufacturing, land development and commercial real estate speculation. Recently as a cofounder of the private equity group Two Talents Venture Management, Kevin contributes his skills in analysis and the business-of-business to evaluating many prospective acquisitions. Kevin brings an attitude of servant leadership and professional management to Visilift.
JESSE SIMMONS - VICE PRESIDENT
Jesse Simmons provides Visilift with years of entrepreneurial and small business experience. Jesse graduated from Arizona State University with a B.I.S. in Business and Economics, and prior to coming to Visilift he worked as a quantitative financial analyst for a small community bank consulting company in Los Angeles. Previously, Jesse was Chief Operating Officer for a restaurant holding company based in Phoenix, Arizona, and President/CEO of a company focusing on intellectual property sales and product development. Jesse has spent his entire professional career dedicated to business success through continuing product development, design efficiency, and product quality enhancement.
RUSS KATES - CONTROLLER
Russ is an experienced businessman, owning and operating numerous businesses since he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 1970. He has many years of experience as an executive in sales, administration, finance and operations. Russ has personally been awarded the "Person of the Year for 2000" by the American Cancer Society, "The Hope Award" by the National MS Society and the "Torch Award for Ethics in Business" by the Better Business Bureau of Northern Colorado. Russ was the President/CFO of a $60M chain of supermarkets in Northern Colorado employing more than 700 employees. During his tenure the company won "1992 Retailer of the Year" for the State of Colorado, presented by The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and "1992 in Store Bakery of the Year" by Bakery Production Magazine and Retail Bakers of America. His company was voted "Best Grocery Store" by the Coloradoan Newspaper Readers 16 years in a row. Russ brings years of experience and leadership to Visilift.