Amplifon USA
Amplifon USA, Plymouth, Minn, recently concluded its 20th Greenhouse. Since its inception in 1998, over 600 hearing healthcare providers have attended this educational event. The Amplifon USA Greenhouse seeeks to improve the quality of field professionals by bringing them together and exposing them to all the facets of the hearing healthcare industry.

AG Bell
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Washington, DC, has elected three members to its board of directors. They include: Janet Kahn, MS, a faculty member in the department of communication disorders at Florida State University, Tallahassee; Stephen Epstein, MD, a physician from Wheaton, Md; and Jay Wyant, marketing director for CaptionMax, Cleveland. All three will serve three-year terms.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the appointment of AG Bell to its consumer advisory committee. The committee makes recommendations to the FCC regarding consumer issues. AG Bell parent Janice Schacter, whose daughter is hard of hearing, will serve as AG Bell’s representative on the committee. Schacter, a former attorney, started advocating for access to assistive listening devices when taking her daughter to the theater and family trips. Since then, she has founded the Hearing Access Program, a collaboration between AG Bell, The League for the Hard of Hearing Communication, and Self Help for Hard of Hearing that promotes appropriate access to public cultural and entertainment venues for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Unitron Hearing US, Plymouth, Minn, has added several new sales professionals to its organization.

 John Adams

John Adams has been appointed regional sales representative for Southern California.

 Christina Duck

Christina Duck has been named regional sales representative for the Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC.

 Jeff Finjer

Jeff Finjer has been appointed the sales representative for New Jersey, Connecticut and the New York City area.

 Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips has been named regional sales representative for Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

 Ben Thomas

Hearing Canada

Ben Thomas has been named general manager of Unitron Hearing Canada, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He brings extensive healthcare leadership experience to the company, with senior sales and marketing management roles at Customer Management Group Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoWellcome, and Bayer Healthcare.

The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), Milwaukee, has approved four new council members for its board of directors.

Madeleine J Kerr, PhD, RN, has been appointed a representative for the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She is an associate professor of nursing and principal investigator of the Hearing Protection Study at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Lt Col Vickie Tuten, AuD, represents the Military Audiology Association and is currently serving as the chief of hearing conservation at Fort Hood, Tex. She also serves as the audiology and hearing conservation consultant for the Great Plains Regional Medical Command.

Stephen J Wetmore, MD, MBA, will represent the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He came to West Virginia University in 1988 as professor and chairman of the otolaryngology department. His main area of interest is in diseases of the ear, including hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, facial paralysis, and surgery of the ear and skull base.

J Adin Mann III, PhD, will represent the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE) and will join the council at the fall 2005 meeting in Rosemont, Ill.

MedRx Inc
Michelle Guenther has been appointed western regional account manager for MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla. She will be responsible for MedRx medical instrumentation sales and special instruments distributor sales support for Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and West Virginia.

Beltone Electronics Corporation, Chicago, has hired Anthony Florek as vice president of sales. In this position, Florek will be responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and oversight for the sales organization, which includes sales operations, dispenser relations, and sales administration.

EARA Advertising Resources
Lynda Gluck, MA, FAAA, founder and sole proprietor of specialty advertising boutique EARA Advertising Resources, Hollywood, Calif, received the company’s prestigious Employee of the Year Award for the 23rd consecutive year.

 Lynda Gluck

“I can’t believe I won again,” Gluck said. “I’m still in shock.”

After regaining her composure, Gluck continued: “I don’t like the limelight, but I do appreciate this award. It keeps me motivated to continue providing great service to my customers and my company. But the best part is the preferred parking—it really cuts down on my commute.”

Gluck, who runs her business from her home in the Hollywood Hills, was again the unanimous choice for the award. In addition to a preferred parking spot—right next to the house—Gluck received a bonus check and her photo on a plaque. (Editors’ Note: This item appears as submitted by Lynda Gluck.)