Audiology Foundation of America (AFA)
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded merit-based Alliance Fellowships of $2500 each to eight full-time residential AuD students. The program is supported by the hearing industry, which donates money and provides mentors for the students. The students and their corporate sponsors are: C. Jeffrey Berg (Beltone); Jill Fuller (Starkey); Gina Geissler (Westone); Molly Moore (Beltone); Teneco Phillips (Beltone); Matthew Rumsey (Starkey); Debra Sawyer (Starkey); and Shannon van Hyfte (Siemens).
Beltone announced the appointment of James M. Curran to president of Beltone USA. He will be responsible for all commercial operations for the company in the U.S., taking responsibility for hearing instrument sales, marketing, patient care and customer service. Prior to joining the company, Curran (no relation to Jim Curran of Starkey) was senior vice president of a manufacturing firm. He holds a BBA from Bernard M. Baruch College, City Univ. of New York.
American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA)
American Hearing Aid Associates announced the hiring of five new regional managers. Wayne Brown, MA, will serve the Northwest region. Brown has 10 years of experience in the hearing health care field, and was most recently a clinic manager in Oregon. He holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MA from California State University. The Rocky Mountain region will be served by Renee Hall. Hall has been active in the hearing health care field for 10 years, and has both dispensing and clinic management experience. She holds a BS in speech and hearing sciences from Arizona State University. Suzanne Lindsey-Henderson, a 20-year veteran of the hearing health care industry, will manage the Southwest region. She holds an MA in audiology from Ohio University. The Southeast regions new manager is Michael Schmitt. An 11-year veteran of the industry, Schmitt has both clinic management and dispensing experience, and holds a BS in business from International College, Ft. Myers, FL. Kurt Weidenbenner, a former business manager with a major hearing instrument manufacturer, will serve the Pennsylvania region. He is a graduate of Ball State University, Muncie IN. In addition to these hirings, the company announces the appointment of Meg Smith to its inside sales position. She has a 10-year background in sales and holds a business degree from the Associated Schools of Florida.
Audina Hearing Instruments announced the expansion and restructuring of its customer service department with the addition of Waleska Ramos and Cheryl Brokie. They will be responsible for greeting and processing all incoming calls to the company. Other duties will include reporting on order status, tracking of shipments, reporting on warranty dates, processing priority service requests and processing material requests. Both have several years experience in the customer service field.
Louis Robles, a seven-year veteran of the companys production department, has been promoted to quality systems manager. In his new position, Robles will oversee ISO certification for the company, and recently obtained his certification as ISO9001:2000 lead auditor. Robles has over 15 years production experience in the hearing health care industry.
Cathi Bohn, who has served in the companys customer service department since 1995, has been promoted to customer service manager. She has over nine years experience in the hearing healthcare industry.
Judy Stillings, a customer service representative since 2000, has been promoted to sales representative, and will be responsible for sales in the Northeast region. She was previously director of customer satisfaction for a hearing instrument manufacturer, and has eight years experience in the hearing health care industry.