PAPA members tour Vantage Mobility assembly line, hear about company’s plans for growth

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Posted 27 Sep 2019 — by Cathy Luebke
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PAPA’s Sept. 18 tour of Vantage Mobility International shed light on a segment of the industry that we don’t typically cover: conversion of vehicles for use by individuals in wheelchairs.

New partnerships, acquisitions and marketing programs are putting the Phoenix company on a growth track.

Click on the following links for details from the different perspectives of members who got an inside look at VMI’s assembly line and had a chance to talk with executives.

Tyson Hugie takes a walk through the assembly line

https://drivetofive.com/2019/09/23/modified-minivan-manufacturing-vantage-mobility-international-vmi-factory-tour/

Brian Driggs on taking things for granted

https://www.thegearheadproject.com/2019/we-take-it-for-granted/

Stay tuned for a couple more Vantage stories by PAPA members.

 

 

Southwest Lifestyle Media Drive set for Oct. 18

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Posted 07 Sep 2019 — by Cathy Luebke
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It’s almost time for the Southwest Lifestyle Media Drive.

From crossovers and trucks to performance and luxury vehicles, manufacturers will bring their latest vehicles for media members to photograph, drive and share with their audiences.

Manufacturer reps will be on hand to answer questions, network and demonstrate new vehicle features.

There will be no voting or specific evaluation criteria this year, according to Becky Antioco, Southwest Lifestyle Media founder. “We want you to drive the vehicles most relevant to your audiences, and spend time behind the wheel of vehicles that might not otherwise make it to the Phoenix media fleet,” she says.

Staging will be Oct. 18 at Crown Plaza Resort Phoenix-Chandler Golf Resort with a welcome dinner on Oct. 17. A more specific agenda will be available closer to the event date.

For questions, contact Becky at becky@southwestlifestylemedia.com.

PAPA revs up program agenda for Fall 2019

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Posted 24 Jul 2019 — by Cathy Luebke
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Vantage Mobility assembly line.

PAPA has a couple programs in the works for this fall. Details have been finalized for a Sept. 18 visit to Vantage Mobility International in South Phoenix. Vantage, known for its wheelchair van conversions, will provide lunch, a tour of its assembly line, access to executives  and test-drive opportunities.
The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5202 S. 28th Place, Phoenix. Please RSVP to Cathy Luebke, clariz@cox.net by Sept. 11.
Also mark your calendars for Nov. 7. Arizona will host members of the Ferrari Club of America from 39 states in what will be the club’s second-largest gathering. PAPA members are invited to the Ferrari Concours that Thursday at Scottsdale Sports Complex. Look for details closer to the event date.
In addition, the new owners of Bondurant High Performance Driving School have reached out to PAPA to create an exclusive event. This may include meeting the new executive team, exposure to the facility’s high-performance Dodge vehicles and getting behind the wheel for some track time.
Stay tuned, our organizing group is working on a few other ideas as well.
If you are not receiving our email notices or have other questions contact Cathy Luebke, clariz@cox.net.

(Photo courtesy of Vantage Mobility)