BurtonSiemens Hearing Instruments
David Sawyer, formerly international custom product development manager, will assume the role of director of marketing. Reporting to Sawyer will be Pam Burton, MA (left), director of product management, Cynthia Groetsch, director of marketing communications, and Bill Lesiecki, MA, director of diagnostic systems and software.

Burton has extensive experience in marketing, customer training and customer service with her last position as director of educational services.

Groetsch has more than 20 years of experience with Siemens in health care product management and communications, including 10 years of experience with Siemens Hearing Instruments.

Lesiecki recently served as a manager of audiological products and BTEs. He will assume management position of the company’s technical support group and focus on software development.

Thomas A. Powers will expand his current position of director of audiology to include strategic development and continue to head Siemens’ continuing education program for hearing health care professionals.

GuillermoElectone, Inc.
Guillermo Sabio (left)  has joined the company as the international sales manager. He will be responsible for developing new accounts and leading the international sales group. He most recently served as sales and marketing consultant to small business enterprises and technical consultant to GPS technology companies. Educated at Rutgers Univ. in physics and math, Sabio brings extensive technical experience to the company. His goals are to expand international sales of BTEs, modules and parts, elevate Electone’s net growth and make the company a world competitor.

Beltone Electronics Corp.
Cynthia Kaempfer has been appointed as the vice president of finance, following the GN ReSound acquisition. She will be responsible for managing accounting, financial planning, budgeting and internal control. Kaempfer joined the company in 1999 as director of Binstock.jpg (5836 bytes)financial planning and analysis. Her previous experience includes managing business planning, and directing financial planning and analysis for a corporation. She earned her BA degree in finance from the Univ. of Illinois-Champaign and her MBA from the Univ. of Chicago.

Randi Binstock (left) will serve as the vice president of customer care and development. In her new position, she will manage the internal support function with Beltone customers. Binstock, a Certified Public Accountant, received a BA degree in finance from the Univ. of Illinois and an MBA degree from DePaul Univ.

Christensen.Etymotic Research
Laurel A. Christensen, Ph.D. (left), has been named director of sales and marketing. She will be responsible for coordinating the company’s engineering efforts with feedback from customers to better focus and organize the sales and marketing activities. Christensen previously was a tenured associate audiology professor at Louisiana State Univ. Medical Center. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at Northwestern, Rush and Northern Illinois Universities.

Lybarger.jpg (7519 bytes)Obituary
Samuel F. Lybarger, 91, of McMurray, PA, died on Nov. 1, 2000. Born on April 14, 1909, in Wilkinsburg, PA, Lybarger has published numerous articles and book chapters on hearing aids, earmold, earmold acoustics and bone conduction. Some of his contributions to the hearing industry include designing carbon, vacuum-tube and transistor hearing aids, and inventing a bone conduction transducer that is still in use today. In addition, he has served as the president of American Auditory Society and the Hearing Aid Foundation. Lybarger was granted 22 patents as inventor or co-inventor and received the American Speech & Hearing Association Distinguished Service Award, the Hearing Instruments Appreciation Award, the Carhart Lectureship Award and the Acoustical Society of America Distinguished Service Citation award. Lybarger earned his BS in Physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon Univ.). For more information on the life of Samuel Lybarger and his contributions to the hearing care field, see the “Living Legends” article written by Marjorie Skafte in the Aug. 1994 HR, pgs. 6-9.