Get to Know Team GRIT!

"We're not your typical wheelchair company. In fact, we don't consider ourselves a wheelchair company at all. We're a dedicated and passionate group of people excited to help others. We're a small team, but we've got GRIT."

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Tish Scolnik
Co-Founder & CEO

Degree/s:
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT 

Hometown:
Waccabuc, NY

Favorite Food:
Fish Tacos

Fun Fact:
I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro

Best Part of Your Job:
Talking to people who are interested in the Freedom Chair.  I love learning about the activities they want to do [with the Freedom Chair] and the places they want to go.  The best part is actually hearing about their adventures once they join the Freedom Chair family - I get to live vicariously through them! 

One Thing You Want the World to Know about GRIT:
We really mean it when we say we're here to help.  We all answer the phones. We want to get to know you and answer all your questions, so don't be shy! 

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Ben Judge
Co-Founder & CTO

Degree/s:
Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing and Product Development from MIT 

Hometown:
Tewksbury, MA

Favorite Food:
Scallops. Or cheese pizza, the cheaper the better 

Fun Fact:
I biked from Boston to Key West. I also have no cartilage in my nose - it's squishy-ness is a fun party trick. 

Best Part of Your Job:
Seeing someone tackle an obstacle off the pavement for the first time

One Thing You Want Everyone to Know about GRIT:
We love to hear from you! What you need, questions, and how the Freedom Chair can work better for you is what motivates us every day.

Mike Halpert
Solutions Coach

Degree/s:
Bachelor in Business Administration from FIU

Hometown:
Coral Springs, FL

Favorite Food:
Fish Tacos

Fun Fact:
I scuba dived and skydived at the Great Barrier Reef

Best Part of Your Job:
Genuinely building a relationship with riders and potential riders all over the country...either making them smile or them making me laugh.

One Thing You Want Everyone to Know About GRIT:
We all love what we do, and we are always working as a team to make the best experience for Freedom Chair Riders

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Nerissa Cannon
Community Manager

Field of study:
Theater Design and Technology

Hometown:
Earth

Favorite food:
French Fries

Fun Fact:
I’ve trained dogs since I was 10 years old. This included training Toto for 2 separate productions of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Thanks to this experience, when I had need of a Service Dog, I was able to fully train him myself.

Best Part of Your Job:
I love giving test rides and demos to future Freedom Chair owners! It’s exciting to see their surprise at everything the GRIT Freedom Chair can accomplish.

One Thing You Want Everyone to Know About GRIT:  
We care about all of our customers no matter where you are on your GRIT journey!     

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Cash
Service Department

Fields of study:
Medical Response, Mobility Assistance, and Retrieving

Hometown:
Basalt, CO

Favorite food:
Bacon

Fun Fact:
I travel more than many humans, and I LOVE IT! Although I’m an American Pit Bull Terrier, and some places have banned my breed, because of my job helping Nerissa I’ve been able to go to these places and be an ambassador for my breed. 

Best Part of Your Job:
I love helping out in different ways around the GRIT office, but my favorite thing is bringing a smile to the face of our awesome UPS delivery guy! He works really hard to make sure GRIT keeps running smoothly so I like to make sure he feels appreciated!

One Thing You Want the World to Know about GRIT:
GRIT makes it possible for otherwise limited people to see and explore more of our beautiful world! 

Mike Rappa
Production Manager

Fields of Study:
Theater Production, Business Management

Hometown:
Stoughton, MA

Favorite food:
Pizza

Fun Fact:
Earth without art is just eh. 

Best Part of Your Job:
Just started! Will update with more info once I get settled in.

Best Part of Your Job:
The thought that everything that I do during the work day is helping people get out on trails.

One Thing You Want Everyone to Know About GRIT:
We love peppermint patties!

 
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Adrienne Ritchie
Director of Marketing

Degree/s:
BA in Journalism, DePaul University
MBA, The George Washington University

Hometown:
Boxford, MA

Favorite Food:
Mexican everything

Fun Fact:
I used to play the trombone (I miss it)

Best Part of Your Job:
I love knowing that our marketing can be incredibly impactful on someone’s quality of life. This product is truly life changing.

One Thing You Want the World to Know about GRIT:
Our team is incredibly smart and equally funny, it makes for a wonderful work environment; the energy makes it easy to want to do a great work.

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Alex Guarco
Operations Manager

Degree/s:
BA, Creative Writing, Susquehanna University

Hometown:
Mansfield, CT

Favorite Food:
Usually, whatever is in front me.

Fun Fact:
I am a published poet and an Ultimate Frisbee nut.

Best Part of Your Job:
That I admire every one of my coworkers. I am surrounded every day by resiliently hardworking, caring, smart people.

One Thing You Want the World to Know about GRIT:
This team works its butt off for its customers and its product -- and we love every second of it.

 
 

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The GRIT Freedom Chair is the most versatile chair on the market, designed from the ground up to handle any terrain. From trails to grass to snow, the Freedom Chair is built for you to push yourself. Born out of research at MIT, the Freedom Chair's patented easy-push levers reduce shoulder strain and put you in control of your mobility. Ready to hit the trails.  Learn more about the GRIT Freedom Chair at www.gogrit.us