Beltone Electronics Corp
Beltone Electronics Corp, Chicago, has appointed Todd Murray as president of Beltone US, responsible for overseeing the company’s US operations. The announcement was made by Alan P. Dozier, chief operating officer of GN ReSound, Bloomington, Minn.

 Todd Murray

“Beltone’s rich history, nationally recognized brand, and reputation for excellence in hearing care provide a solid base for our accelerated growth plans for the business,” says Murray. “I am excited to join the Beltone team and enhance the leadership position the business has solidified in the last few years under Alan Dozier’s leadership.”

Prior to joining Beltone, Murray served as vice-president, store operations for Pearle Vision’s 900-location US business. For 9 years, he worked in multiple general management roles with Cole National Corp, Twinsburg, Ohio, a $2 billion multi-brand specialty retailer. Murray began his career at IBM where he focused on the retail banking business, and later joined Deloitte and Touche in their retail and consumer products consulting practice.

Murray received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and his master’s in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is also a past Trustee for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, Cleveland.

 Ted Thompson

Beltone also announced that Ted Thompson has been named the director of response marketing. Thompson will focus on the creation of new network office traffic programs, refinement of Beltone’s marketing database, and enhancement of Beltone’s proprietary direct marketing program.

Thompson brings more than 15 years of marketing experience with blue-chip companies across retail, health care, and manufacturing segments. In his career, Thompson has served as senior vice president with Foote Cone & Belding, Chicago, and he served as strategic leader for direct marketing assignments for Archer Daniels Midland, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Plans, GE Capital, and Circuit City.

Natus Medical Inc
Robert A. Gunst and James B. Hawkins, Natus’, San Carlos, Calif, president and chief executive officer, have been elected to the Natus Medical board of directors.

Gunst assumes the board seat previously held by David Nierenberg, who did not opt for re-election. He brings more than 35 years of business expertise to the Natus board, currently serving as a director of AmNet Mortgage, Inc, San Diego, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California-Davis. Gunst has also served as president, chief executive officer, and director of The Good Guys, a specialty retailer of higher-end entertainment electronics. He holds a master’s degree in business administration in finance from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments
Kevin Amdahl, MS, has been appointed to the position of professional development manager at Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments, Plymouth, Minn. In this newly created position, Amdahl will concentrate on outside sales, training, and practice support.

Since the summer of 2003, Amdahl has worked in the Education department at Micro-Tech, focusing on internal training and research projects. Prior to working at Micro-Tech, Amdahl spent 7 years working as a clinical audiologist at a private practice in Minnesota.

Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) announced that Stratford Fallon, MS, of Charlotte, NC, and Jenny Rainwater, MS, of Brooks City Base, Tex, are the 2004 winners of the AFA’s Audiology Professional Organization Practitioner Scholarship. The scholarships were developed to expand the AFA’s support of practitioners pursuing the AuD degree through distance learning programs.

 (L to R) Gordon Fletcher, AuD, James Carroll, AuD, Stratford Fallon, MS, and Deborah Price, AuD.

Fallon received a master’s degree in audiology and bachelor’s of science degree in Communication Disorders from Lamar University, Beaumont, Tex. Currently employed by Hearing Services, which has four offices throughout North Carolina, her expertise lies in diagnostic audiology and amplification systems. Fallon was nominated for the scholarship by the Audiological Resources Association (ARA), and was presented with a certificate of scholarship at ARA’s winter meeting by AFA Directors Deborah Price, AuD, and James Carrol, AuD, as well as, AFA Advisory Committee member Gordon Fletcher, AuD.

 Major Jenny Rainwater receives her scholarship certificate from Major Stephen Steele.

Major Rainwater received her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi and has spent several years in military service. She currently serves as director of hearing conservation education, United States Air Force, School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. Major Rainwater was nominated by the Air Force Audiology Association (AFAA), and received her certificate of scholarship from outgoing president of the Air Force Audiology Association, Major Stephen Steele, at the Air Force Audiology Association banquet held in April.