Improve the quality of life for the physically challenged.
Provide products to patients and clients that will enhance their security, stability, mobility and comfort.
Create a “team” environment where trust and honesty dictate all decisions. Develop an organization where fairness, accountability, responsibility and a positive mental attitude (PMA) are the norm.
An inventor extraordinaire with dozens of patents to his credit, Dr. V.C. “Bud” White has turned his creative mind to helping people with mobility challenges. His professional and educational background makes him uniquely qualified to produce patient products from a Doctor’s perspective.
Dr. White has written the textbook “Not Just Another Spring Beyond Bio-Mechanics to Bio/Analytic Mechanics”, is a member of the AAO, the Midwestern Society of Orthodontics, a Fellow in the World Federation of Orthodontics, a Fellow in the IAO, a Senior Instructor of the IAO, a Senior Instructor of the AGD, a member of the ADA, a member of the WDA, a member of the A.O.S., a Fellow in the VECTOR III Orthodontic Society, and a member of the American Society of Bone & Mineral Research. He was graduated from Loyola University Chicago with his Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering and went on to receive his Masters’ Degree in Orthodontics and Anatomy and spent 9 years teaching with Dr. Joseph Jarabak. Dr. White was also awarded the Milo Hellman recognition for his work in “Spring Rate and Spring Design”. Dr. White’s 1st patent was obtained before graduating from Graduate School and has had a continuum of multiple patents in the fields of Medicine, Dentistry, Orthodontics and Laboratory Equipment. He has additional patents pending at this time.
His master’s degree in Anatomy from Loyola University plays an important role in the design of our Go STEADY® product line of canes, crutches and soon to be announced walkers. Dr. Bud is an extremely innovative scientist. He listens to the needs of his patients and then uses his talents to find innovative solutions to those needs. The core of our new product development at Go STEADY® will naturally be client (user) feedback.
Although a successful professional orthodontist by trade, his success was insured by the administrative help of his wife Donna.
Leland is a mechanical/design engineer with over 50 years of experience in the field of plastic injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding and various other related plastic processes.
After attending the University of Wisconsin for 3 years and majoring in mechanical engineering, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served 2 years as a helicopter crew chief for the 93rd Transportation Corps. After completing his tour of service, Leland went on to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, IL to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering.
Leland’s engineering background includes positions at Minneapolis Honeywell Regulator Co. where he was chief draftsman & manager of the drafting department; Dole Valve Company (currently the Eaton Corporation) as their process development engineer responsible for the design and development of the encapsulated coil project and, eventually joining his father in business and becoming president and owner of Clover Plastics, Inc./Clover Tool & Die Co.
To Leland’s credit, Clover Plastics secured the U.S. Navy contract for the design and manufacturing of the arming device for the Polaris Guided Missile as well as the elapse-time delay relay and 35 mm film holder for NASA and the Apollo Space Program. During his 25 years in business, Leland obtained U.S. patents in the medical field, food packaging, and in-mold decorations. It was also during this time that he became acquainted with Dr. Bud White working to develop and manufacture several orthodontic and medical devices.
Leland went on to accept employment with Master Molded Products, Inc. in Elgin, IL as their R & D engineer where he contributed patents in insert-molding, in-molding of electronic control panels and in-molding of printed material used by the automotive industry (Chrysler Corporation) and several others.
The combination of Leland’s engineering expertise, his relationship with Dr. Bud, and his own personal mobility challenges have all inspired him to design products that virtually eliminate the stress of falling and permits people with physical disabilities to “get up and get moving”.
Bob spent his entire business career in the field of finance. Becoming a part of the Go STEADY® team has given him an opportunity to help people by applying his financial and business experience.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 with an MBA, Bob joined the Continental Bank in Chicago. He eventually became a member of the Bank’s Stock Selection Committee responsible for investing over $3 billion in common stocks. In 1985, Bob co-founded HOLT Value Associates, a financial consulting firm advising money managers around the globe. In 2002, HOLT was sold to Credit Suisse, one of the largest investment banking firms in the world. Bob officially retired from Credit Suisse in 2009 and immediately joined the Go STEADY® team.
Bob’s new business mission is to help people with disabilities improve their quality of life through innovative products designed to enhance their mobility, balance and safety.