Blind AT Hiker Made CEO For His Efforts
Hanson spent two years developing a custom, hand-held GPS unit that spoke real-time voice instructions through his cell phone to guide him along the trail. Carrying a walking stick in each hand, the 45-year old St. Louis native walked along the AT for seven months last year, covering 1,700 miles of the 2,174-mile trail.
Hanson ended his trip when he got the phone call from Harlan Jacobs offering him the CEO position. “He obviously understands the market for assisted devices for the blind,” Jacobs told the Star Tribune.