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ALTON – Tom Moehn, chief executive officer of Challenge Unlimited Inc. and Residential Options Inc., retired Monday, Feb. 29, after a 46-year career.
Moehn began his profession with the company, formerly Specialized Services Inc. in July 1969.
He is recognized for leading the company from a modest start to employing more than 1,000 people, with work sites in four states. The company’s mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities, which will assist them to live, work and participate in the community.
Moehn made a difference for thousands of people over the years, as he has been committed to offering people opportunities to become independent and successful.
“Through the years, Tom has exercised great skill in hiring, training, and motivating the right people to achieve success,” said Challenge Unlimited board Chairman Jim Kasten. “His organizational skills provided a company culture of safety, quality, and dedication to the corporate mission. It’s been a pleasure to work with him.”
Moehn (left) was considered a visionary and well-known leader in the area of the social entrepreneurial business model, which stresses the importance of people with disabilities being integrated into the community and understanding that work which pays a living wage is an important facet of life.
Moehn helped lead the effort in Madison County to provide safe and integrated residential housing for people with disabilities. Today, Challenge Unlimited is recognized as an industry leader throughout the country for its innovative and award-winning vocational, employment, skills development, rehabilitation, contractual and residential services for people with disabilities.
Challenge Unlimited and its affiliated company, Residential Options, offer community rehabilitation services, vocational training, developmental training, educational opportunities, community-integrated housing, and employment to individuals with disabilities.
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