Tanner Gers joined AFB in 2019, after serving for several years as Executive Director of My Blind Spot. As the Business Development Lead for AFB Consulting, Tanner is responsible for identifying, maturing, tracking, and closing sales leads for AFB Consulting.
After losing his sight as an adult, Tanner helped develop software so people who are blind or visually impaired could independently access calculus equations, directed the implementation of an accessible job board to people with disabilities for the state of Arizona, and served on the Arizona Governor’s Council Employment Committee for Blindness and Visual Impairment.
Tanner is also a competitive athlete in multiple sports. He is considered one of the greatest batters in the history of the National Beep Baseball Association (adaptive version of baseball for the blind) as a six-time NBBA All-Star and three-time World Series MVP, 2011 and 2012 US Paralympic Track and Field National Team Member. He is also a 2011 ParaPan American Games gold medalist and 2012 trials gold medalist in the long jump, a 2012 US Paralympian in long jump and 4X100m relay, a 2013 World Championship US Track and Field long jumper, and the 2015 and 2016 National Champion in track cycling.
His athletic career opened the doors for his professional speaking career, with programs delivered at companies, universities, and associations across the country, including the National Speakers Association National Headquarters, Dartmouth College, SHRM, Wounded Warriors, Ford, and Toyota, to name just a few.
Tanner holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Arizona and will be finishing his Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana State University at Shreveport in December 2019.