Russ Stinehour  Appointed Chair of IFB Solutions Asheville Advisory Board

Contact: Melissa Stanz,, 828-768-1202

Asheville, NC (Oct. 28th, 2020) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions recently named Russ Stinehour, COO of Sciolytix and former CEO of DigitalChalk, as Chair of its Asheville Advisory Board. As Board Chair, Stinehour advocates for and helps increase awareness of the organization’s mission of providing employment, services, and training for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Stinehour, who is visually impaired, has worked with IFB Solutions since 2011 in a variety of roles, including helping create eLearning solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired. He has served on the Asheville Advisory Board for nine years.

“Some 70 percent of working age adults who are blind are unemployed, and that statistic is very personal to me,” said Stinehour. “I want to use my position as Board Chair to help lower that statistic and increase awareness of the excellent work IFB Solutions is doing.”

A skilled problem solver, Stinehour has more than three decades of technology and leadership experience. At Sciolytix, he directs the company’s eCommerce Strategy and Operation, Finance, Human Resources and Client Success. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Infinity Learning Systems, the parent company of DigitalChalk. He was also founder and CEO of CrossLogic and held leadership positions at IBM for 16 years.

A champion of software accessibility, Stinehour is also an expert in assistive technologies. He is passionate about helping people who are visually impaired use technology.

“Russ has faithfully served on our Board and knows our opportunities and challenges. With his appointment to Chair he is bringing his talents to help more people who are blind and visually impaired,” said Randy Buckner, Vice President of Operations Support.

“It’s especially appropriate that he begins this role in October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”


About IFB Solutions (IFB)

IFB Solutions is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1936 that provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As the largest employer of people who are blind in the United States, IFB operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark., in addition to operating nearly 20 office supply stores across the country and producing mattresses. IFB produces eyewear under its Twenty200 brand at its Winston-Salem lab and operates a retail location in Winston-Salem. IFB Solutions funds employee training and services as well as community programs through grants and private donations, making possible summer camps, afterschool programs and activities for children who are blind, and Community Low Vision services through its low-vision Centers across North Carolina and in Little Rock, Ark.