The Indiana Biomedical Society recognizes Bill Collier, entrepreneur and small business coach with Collier Business Advisors, as the winner of its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. This special award was presented on the organization’s 25th anniversary. Kelly R. VanDeWalker said the recognition is long overdue for a man who has dedicated himself to supporting IBS and the healthcare technology field.
“This is the Indiana Biomedical Society’s 25th year and we have vendors and salespeople who are retiring who have been with us from the very beginning of the organization. These are the people who have mentored us over the years so that we could provide better health care to the patients we serve,” VanDeWalker said. “Unfortunately, when we came up with the award Bill Collier – who had built BC Group up from the ground floor – had sold the company and retired before we could recognize him for all of his efforts in helping Indiana Biomedical Society members.”
“We decided that we needed to correct that and felt this would be a good year to bring him back and thank him for what he has done for the health care field and the Indiana Biomedical Society,” he added.
Collier is a long-time entrepreneur turned business coach, consultant, professional speaker, and author. Before becoming an entrepreneur, his career included time in the U.S. Air Force, McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft (Boeing) and General Electric Company.
In 1988, he and his wife founded BC Group International Inc. with a small personal investment and a loan guaranteed by the SBA. Over the 15-plus years that they owned the company, it grew from a local/regional distributor of biomedical testing equipment into a respected force in the industry with customers all over the world.
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