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Marilyn founded Motion Designs in 1979, less than one year after her life-altering hang gliding accident, to manufacture and market her revolutionary Quickie wheelchair. In 1986 the company was sold to Sunrise Medical, where Marilyn served for 21 years as in various roles including most recently as Vice President of Global Strategic Planning, developing a new generation of power wheelchairs.

Marilyn’s entrepreneurship, innovations and leadership did not go unnoticed, as she received numerous industry, state and national awards and recognitions, including being named California Business Woman of the Year in 1984.


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2007 California Polytechnic University Alumni of the Year - Education
2006 California Governor & First Lady Maria Shriver Minerva Award
2005 NSCIA Hall of Fame Award
2005 Wheels For Humanity Freedom of Mobility Award
2003 Co-Founder Discovery Through Design
2000 Fresno Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2000 President George Bush Award - MC ADA Anniversary Houston, Texas
2000 Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Exhibit
1998 Central California Excellence in Business Award
1998 California Governor’s Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities
1996 Advertising Award - 1996 Paralympic Games
1994 National Rehab Hospital - National Victory Award
1991 Founder Winners on Wheels
1990 Good Shepherd Hall of Fame
1986 National Women’s Economic Alliance Business Leadership Award
1985 President Ronald Reagan Inauguration Attendee
1984 SBA Western Regional Business of the Year
1984 California Business Women of the Year
1983 California Polytechnic University Alumni of the Year
1979 Co-Founder Motion Designs Inc.
1967 National Raisin Queen


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