Widex USA
Widex USA, Long Island City, NY, has announced six new staff appointments and personnel promotions.

Peaches Bush has been named the company’s materials coordinator in the Operations Department. Bush joined Widex in 1997 as an associate in the Order Entry Department, and was promoted to customer service representative in 2001. In her new position, she will be responsible for coordinating the day-to-day distribution of materials and administering customer information into the Widex business system.

Mary Johnson has been promoted to customer service manager. Johnson began her tenure with Widex in 1997 as a customer service representative and was quickly promoted to supervisor. In her new position, she will be responsible for utilizing her organizational skills and her knowledge of Widex customers to lead the Customer Service Department.

Rena Heywood has been promoted to the position of customer service supervisor. Heywood began her career with Widex in 1998 as a customer service representative, and was promoted to a Team Leader. In her new position, Heywood will utilize her communication and problem-solving capabilities to further assist Widex’s Operations and Customer Relations.

Nilda Rosario has been promoted to sales account coordinator. Rosario began working with Widex in 1996 as a special services representative where she was promoted to supervisor. In her new position, Rosario contributes her supervisory skills to the Widex Professional Seminar Program, oversees special promotional programs, and supports Widex’s national sales force.

The company has also promoted Brent Crayton to special services supervisor in the Operations Department. Crayton began working with Widex in 1998 as a customer service representative where he earned promotion to Department Team Leader. Crayton’s consistency and skills have now led to his promotion as special services supervisor.

For more information on Widex products and services, visit www.widexPro.com

Quest Technologies
Quest Technologies Inc, Oconomowoc, Wis, announces two promotions within its management team.

Gerry Fleisher has been promoted to director, North American sales in addition to his responsibilities as manager, global sales support. All of US and Canadian sales operations and staff will now report to Fleisher.

Amy Hayden has been appointed as manager, marketing services, and will be operationally responsible for advertising, market research, and e-commerce activities.

CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, has promoted Jessi Everett to business development manager for the company’s Audiology Division. Responsible for enhancing client partnerships by increasing practice profitability and patient satisfaction, Everett will also direct new business development.  

With 6 years experience in healthcare, Everett joined CareCredit in 2004 as a business development manager. She was responsible for training enrolled practices in her territory. Her abilities quickly provided her the opportunity to join the Audiology team and use her unique talents and experience in this rapidly expanding market. Prior to joining CareCredit, Everett was the referral development coordinator for NorthEast Medical Center where she led key strategic marketing and community relationship initiatives.

“We feel fortunate to have recruited Jessi from the Vision market,” says National Sales Manager Terry Silance. “As our practice development manager, Jessi will bring programs and tools to our enrolled practices that have been proven to increase not only the number of instruments sold, but also the average ticket price, enhancing their growth and success.”

Unitron Hearing
Unitron Hearing has opened a company office in Norway and appointed Jon Anders Nikolaisen as its director of sales and marketing. The new Unitron Hearing Norway (AS) office assumed responsibility for the distribution of Unitron Hearing products and services in the Norwegian market from Aurismed AS.

As director of sales and marketing, Nikolaisen brings over 20 years of hearing industry experience in Norway, and has a proven track record of successfully introducing new products and implementing customer support services. Knut Hubred and Thomas Paulsen, previously of Aurismed AS, will continue to provide sales and customer service as part of the newly formed Unitron Hearing AS team.

“Unitron Hearing is committed to providing tailored solutions and services that meet the needs of the Norwegian market,” says Cameron Hay, president and CEO of Unitron Hearing worldwide. “The establishment of a local Unitron Hearing AS office means more effective sales support and services to our growing customer base in Norway.”

The 2006 Oticon Focus on People Awards honored 15 outstanding people with hearing loss who prove that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to live a full, productive, and even inspiring life.

The national awards competition, sponsored by Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, celebrated the accomplishments of first place winners: Stacey Lim of Stow, Ohio, Nathan Walcker of Prior Lake, Wis, and Linda Heller of Wilmington, Del.  

Practitioners Barbara Jenkins, AuD, BCABA, Gayle Stout, MA, Mary Kay Uchmanowicz, AuD, and Louis R. Sieminski, PhD, of Forty Fort, Pa, were also honored at the awards ceremony for their contributes to improving the world of hearing impaired people.  

Now in its ninth year, the Oticon Focus on People Awards program is designed to focus attention on common misconceptions about hearing loss, correct negative stereotypes, and motivate people with hearing loss to take advantage of the help that is available to them.

“Oticon created the Focus on People Awards to show the world that hearing loss does not diminish a person’s ability to live life to its fullest and most productive,” says Oticon President Peer Lauritsen. “Most importantly, we want to encourage those with hearing loss to seek professional guidance and take advantage of the new technologies and procedures that enable them to live the life they want with the hearing they have.”

Selected from more than 200 nominees, a total of 15 winners earned first, second or third place honors in one of the program’s five categories: Student (full-time students with hearing loss, ages 6-21), Adult (people with hearing loss, ages 21 and beyond), Advocacy (individuals of all ages involved in advocacy for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community) and Practitioner and Pediatric Practitioner (for hearing care professionals currently in practice).

The winners were selected by independent judging committee composed of leading hearing care professionals. This year’s program judges included: Susan Chadwick, of Otolaryngology Associations in Fairfax, Va; Larry Eng, AuD, of Golden Gate Hearing Services in San Francisco; Lisa Olson, MS, of California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, Calif; John Salisbury, AuD, of Clifton Springs Hearing Center in Clifton Springs, NY; and Melodie Willihnganz, MS, of Beaver Dam Family Hearing Care in Beaver Dam, Wis.