Our company founders, Craig Vanderheide and Eric Kahkonen, started Altus in 2001 to meet the growing needs of mobile sit-to-stand workstations for the office environment. They quickly realized that more and more of their requests were coming from the healthcare industry with the introduction of electronic medical records (EMR), and so they expanded their focus to the healthcare environment. Eric and Craig quickly expanded their team to meet the growing need of creating customized workflow solutions for healthcare.
We started with humble roots and to keep us grounded we feel it’s important for you to know exactly
what we’re all about.
Co-Founder and chief tinkerer, Craig loves to create beautifully designed products that improve our customers’ lives. As a serial entrepreneur, Craig has spent over 25 years perfecting workstations solutions in both the furniture and healthcare spaces. At Altus, he is especially proud of the caliber of the team he leads!
Eric’s passion is creating strong revenue generation and earnings while exceeding customer expectations. His background includes 25 years of successful entrepreneurial ownership, primarily in Healthcare & Office Furniture. He enjoys driving his team to win together by providing the finest customized healthcare workflow solutions in the industry.
Diane strives for taking care of customers and supporting the whole organization. With over 20 years in the management accounting field, she has had numerous opportunities to improve information systems and data integrity to benefit the operations and management departments. Something that she is most proud of is mentoring and developing coworkers within her department.
Sarah is a firm believer that marketing isn’t just about making things pretty, it’s about understanding the customer experience and striving to build a brand and company that is admired. Her background is in both healthcare and technology marketing and driving organizational change. She enjoys teaching and mentoring, but what she loves about Altus is the openness to new ideas and the ability for everyone to make an impact!
When it comes to creating value for our customers, Joe is the resident expert. As an essential part of the Altus team, Joe has helped reshape our sales team and ensures we are dedicated to the people and process. Not only is he a big believer in the statement “there is always more information out there”, but you’ll be happy to know he’s involved in every step of the sales cycle. As a leader Joe believes open, honest and constant communication are keys to success.
Salvatore has 20 years of experience in the engineering and product development industry across a variety of fields including medical, automotive, furniture, and consumers goods. A uniquely talented designer, Salvatore is proficient in analysis and optimization, using CAD, hand calculations, and FEA. His exceptional work includes bringing personally designed products to the market and much more. As Director of Engineering, Salvatore is able to bring a unique perspective to Altus due to his vast experience.