Alphapointe President and CEO Reinhard Mabry was honored in the March issue of Kansas City-based Ingram’s magazine as one of “50 Kansans You Should Know.” Celebrating 10 years, the series recognizes influential leaders from across the state each year. The cumulative list of honorees includes business executives, college presidents, non-profit leaders, athletes, authors, film makers entrepreneurs and entertainers.
Mabry earned the distinction following a nomination from Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President and CEO Robbie Makinen.
When Mabry began his tenure at Alphapointe in 2006, the organization’s annual revenue was slightly more than $20 million and Alphapointe had lost more than $4 million in the prior four years. In 2020, Alphapointe set yet another record with more than $65 million in revenue. And, that massive growth means two critically important things: more good jobs for people who are blind and more services for people of all ages with vision loss regardless of their ability to pay. During Mabry’s tenure, Alphapointe has more than doubled the number of people who are blind who work for the organization and more than tripled average hourly pay.
These results are largely due to Mabry’s keen ability to find opportunities in a variety of areas. Under his guidance, Alphapointe established a host of new endeavors, including the creation of Kansas City’s most comprehensive Low Vision Clinic, a major expansion of youth/teen programming that includes technology and adventure camps and the establishment of the Alphapointe Foundation to advance the organization’s mission of empowering people with vision loss. The agency’s impact on the community has grown significantly. In 2006, Alphapointe provided rehabilitation services to 267 clients. In 2020, Alphapointe served a record 2,740 clients.
Mabry is also a leader in the field of vision loss as he serves as the president of the Board of Directors of The National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind and on the board of the National Industries for the Blind. He has served on the Kansas Advisory Committee for Blind and Visually Impaired since 2010, including as chair, and formerly served on the board of directors of VisionServe Alliance.