photoMagnatone, Casselberry, Fla, announces the promotion of Sagar Chari to director of engineering. Chari, a licensed hearing instrument specialist with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida, has been with the company’s engineering department for the past 11 years. In his new role, Sagar will be responsible for the research, development and quality control of Magnatone’s entire product line.

Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), West Lafayette, Ind, announces photothe election of Deborah Price, AuD, to its board of directors. Price founded the Hearing Professional Center, Dallas, in 1983. That organization offers fundamental audiology services to clients who traditionally had visited an ear, nose, and throat doctor for hearing tests, ear cleaning, and hearing aid fitting and maintenance. Price earned a BS degree in speech and hearing and an MS degree in audiology, both from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2000, she received a Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, Kirkville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also an experienced speaker and published author.

Also elected to the Audiology Foundation of America’s Board of Directors is photoVeronica Heide, AuD. Heide, of Madison, Wis, has owned and managed her private practice, Audible Difference, since 1991. Prior to that she was a research audiologist with Nicolet Instrument Corp and also provided customer support and training for the Audiodiagnostic and Biomedical divisions of Nicolet. She received her AuD degree from PCO School of Audiology in May 2001. Price founded the Hearing Professional Center, the first freestanding hearing diagnostic center in Dallas, in 1983. She travels nationwide to train other professionals in the latest technologies and procedures.

American Hearing Aid Associates
American Hearing Aid Associates (AHAA), West Chester, Pa, has hired four new regional managers. Paul Gilmartin will cover the New York region; Tim Nickel will serve the Rocky Mountain region; Julianne Staub will serve the mid-California region; and Paul Stephenson, MS, is the new manager of the North Texas region. All four new hires will serve as business resources and consultants for AHAA’s more than 2,000 network members.

Micro-Tech, Plymouth, Minn, has appointed Kim Hicks to its newly formed Standard Products division. Hicks is a 20-year veteran of the hearing health care industry.

photoMicrotronic US
Microtronic announces the addition of new staff to its Microtronic US division, based in Minnetonka, Minn. The division, which now has 13 employees, is responsible for sales, distribution, and customer service to North and South America. Pictured above are: Front L-R: Karen Beireis (Customer Service Rep), KariLyn Dolezal (Customer Service Rep), Katie Jaskowiak (Logistics), Clari Dargis (Admin. Assistant), Joanna Swiers (Apps Engineer) Middle L-R: Ted Paczkowski (Apps Engineer), Jahn Anderson (Business Mgr), Ken Teese (Key Acct Mgr), Jeff Taylor (President) Back L-R Michael Nielsen (Logistics Mgr), Roger Whitman (Controller), Greg Hovland (Key Acct Mgr), Ed Retel (Senior Customer Service Rep) w