Bobbi Van Riper, CFm, RFM, became involved in O&P after leaving behind a high-powered sales career with companies including Compugraphics, Xerox, Johnson & Johnson, the Colorado Rockies Hockey Club, Scitex, and IBM. While serving at Compugraphics, the New Jersey native was the first woman to be inducted into its President’s Club, and the first woman to receive its Diamond-Ring award ten years later. During her career, she sometimes traveled up to 200 days per year for business. Then, in 2006, this lifelong sales professional became the victim of corporate downsizing when she was laid off from Scitex Corporation. Five days later, she found out that she had breast cancer. She told The O&P EDGE, “Thank goodness for COBRA insurance and good friends.” During her treatment, she was hired by IBM, where she served for six years.