VGM Group, Inc. is a national leader in many diverse industries, including health care, insurance, golf and restaurants. The group includes more than 25 unique business units. We are headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa, where nearly 85 percent of our more than 900 associates are based. Other offices include Atlanta, Ga.; Overland Park, Kan.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Coralville, Iowa; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Morristown, N.J.; and Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
VGM provides business solutions to more than 25,000 companies throughout the United States and Canada, helping them to save money and run more efficiently.
The solutions vary by industry, but include some of the following:
A Brief History
Van G. Miller & Associates, founded by the late Van Miller in 1986, was a group purchasing organization for home medical equipment (HME) providers. Having run his own successful respiratory business, Van recognized the need for a national buying group for independent medical equipment providers. Today VGM & Associates, a division of VGM Group, Inc., is the nation’s largest member service organization, providing discounted access to many of the services listed above in addition to other services that are unique to the HME industry.
Van, being a true entrepreneur and risk taker, then allowed the business to grow into new directions, moving into more health care markets as well as other industries. Today, VGM businesses play a significant role in the home medical equipment, orthotic and prosthetic (O&P), managed care, insurance, golf and restaurant industries.
The Pillar Businesses of VGM
- HME Member Groups – The VGM brand is one of the most respected and well-known brands in the home medical equipment industry. Our multiple membership groups, including VGM & Associates and U.S. Rehab, provide solutions and savings to 2,000 medical equipment businesses across the United States. In addition, we help manufacturers and vendors access and optimize their business in this market segment.
- Club and Restaurant Member Groups - Our membership groups, VGM Club and Client Rewards, provide specialized purchasing support and other business services for a network of 3,500 golf organizations and 17,000 restaurants. We add value to our members through an array of innovative purchasing and rebate solutions.
- Insurance – VGM Insurance Services is one of the nation’s leading providers of liability insurance and surety bonds for home care and orthotic and prosthetic businesses. They also provide specialized insurance solutions for physical therapy practices, golf and country clubs, medical distributors and a variety of other post-acute health care providers. Their in-house underwriting team, claims department and corporate counsel allows then to partner with our clients as a true risk-management resource.
- HOMELINK – HOMELINK is a single-source solution for more than 1,200 commercial insurance and workers’ compensation programs to access durable medical equipment, home care and related services. Its national provider network includes more than 13,500 credentialed, community-based providers, and its contracts cover more than 30,000,000 lives annually.
To sum it up in one word: family. Associates care for one another and strive to maintain a cohesive work environment. VGM’s unique corporate culture is relaxed, friendly and encourages innovative ideas that lead to growth opportunities for members.
Van’s vision and keen ability to relate to people and make them feel special solidified VGM as a great place to work. Even during the greatest business challenges, the executive management team has never downsized staff, instead challenging them to search for opportunities to grow business.
VGM works hard to retain associates through career advancement opportunities, leadership development programs and company-wide events that encourage inter-departmental interaction. These reasons and others are why VGM has been listed as a Des Moines Register Top Workplace in Iowa for multiple years.
VGM epitomizes great hospitality when our customers visit. Each year we host nearly 1,000 guests during our annual Heartland Conference, which is highlighted by a hog roast and fireworks show. We also own a 60-acre venue, called “The Farm,” that is used to host impactful experiences for customers, host off-site VGM meetings and serve as a guest home for those visiting from outside of Iowa.
We Believe In the Spirit of Community
VGM believes in giving back to the community. We are strong and long-time supporters of many causes in Waterloo, the Cedar Valley and national industries we serve. Some of the groups which we support include North Star Community Services, ASPIRE, Cedar Valley Hospice, Magical Mix Kids, Junior Achievement and Iowa Irish Fest.
View this video about how VGM Insurance and other divisions came together to build raised flower beds for North Star Community Services, a rehabilitative service agency for adults with disabilities.