History of Access2mobility, Inc.
In July of 2003 Jud DeMott and Noah Keifer opened Access2mobility in a 1200 square foot remodeled gas station on Troup Highway in Tyler, Texas.
Jud and Noah were the only employees. They did the marketing, equipment installations, and cleaned the toilets. Their proposed sales mix was to be heavy on Medicare funded power wheelchairs, with a lesser emphasis on home and vehicle installed lifts. In the same month that they opened, Medicare announced a moratorium on issuing any new equipment provider numbers. Overnight the entire business plan had to be radically revised. They purchased a minivan and installed four different lifts in it. Every day the van was opened up to show options for vehicle mobility equipment.
It was referred to as the “Swiss Army Van” because something was protruding from every door. Troup Highway had a very high traffic count with the two major hospitals about a mile north, Health South just to the south, and a large orthopedic clinic right next door. With these visual aids, customers flocked in, and the business took off. Then Buddy, the “mobility mascot” joined the company and took his position daily in front of the shop waving at all passersby. People began waving back and honking at Buddy as they drove by.
The business was so successful that by 2006, Access2mobility had outgrown its original location, and bought a 1500 square foot building about a mile south on Old Troup Highway. This became the shop for service and vehicle equipment installation. The original location remained as showroom and office. By this time Shalon Teel had joined the team to handle billing, and Mike Green was handling installation and service along with an assistant.
By 2008, Access2mobility had grown to a staff of eight, and had been awarded a dealership for BraunAbility wheelchair accessible minivans. Even with both locations, there was no longer enough room. The company found a perfect facility on Frankston Highway (155 South.) A motorcycle shop called “Scooter Pete’s” was moving out of the building that originally housed the offices and café for the Tyler Cattle Dome.
Fast forward to 2012 and several remodels later— Access2mobility is the now the premier provider of automotive and home mobility equipment in all of east Texas. A2M has a team of eleven, each dedicated to seeing that our clients get the equipment and service they need at a budget they can afford. You, or your loved one, is invited to experience the freedom of… Complete Mobility Solutions.