Electone, Longwood, Fla, has hired Bob Goldstein as director of sales. Prior to joining Electone, Goldstein was educational sales manager for systems integrator I.COMM. He also spent 18 years as a salesperson in the apparel industry.

Weitbrecht Communications Inc, Santa Monica, Calif, has named Barbara Hyde as its new sales and marketing manager. In this role, she will manage the WCI sales, customer service, and marketing efforts, and oversee the daily operations of the company. WCI is a distributor of assistive listening devices and telecommunications equipment, serving individuals, hearing care professionals, state programs, governmental agencies, and consumer organizations.

Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), West Lafayette, Ind, re-elected Ken Lowder, AuD, to the AFA’s chair position at its Board of Directors meeting held July 20 in Chicago. Lowder has served as chair of the AFA for the past 2 years and held the position of vice chair from 1998-2000. He has twice served as president of the Iowa Association of Hearing Health Professionals, and is the current chair of the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. In addition, AFA announces that its new vice chair is Deborah Price, AuD, who practices in Dallas. AFA secretary Mike Hartman, AuD, and treasurer Rich Burba, MBA, will continue in their roles on the board.

Beltone Electronics Corp, Chicago, has promoted Randi Binstock to general manager for alternate distribution initiatives. In this new role, she will be responsible for the company’s 14 corporate retail locations, in addition to enhancing current programs and creating new programs for the Beltone network. Prior to this appointment, Binstock served as vice president of customer care and development for the company, as well as treasurer. As vice president, Binstock and her team implemented many new programs, including, “Path to Success,” a program developed to familiarize new customers with Beltone’s products and company procedures. She also managed the retirement program and dispenser healthcare plan for the company.

 Central Institute for the Deaf
The Harold W. Siebens Hearing Research Center at Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), St Louis, has named Richard A. Baird, PhD, its new director. In this position, Baird will be responsible for overseeing the Fay and Carl Simons Center for Biology of Hearing and Deafness, as well as the Center for Childhood Deafness and Adult Aural Rehabilitation. He joined CID in May 1998 as a senior research scientist and director of the Simons Center, and is the Spencer T. Olin professor of vestibular physiology in the Washington University department of speech and hearing. He also holds adjunct appointments in the Washington University departments of otolaryngology and anatomy and biology, and heads up the Inner Ear Core Consortium, a group of 19 scientists from CID, Washington University School of Medicine, and St Louis University.

Unitron Hearing, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, announces the appointment of Donald Hayes, PhD, to manager, audiology research and marketing. In this position, Hayes will be responsible for leading the company’s audiology research efforts, as well as new product concept testing and validation. Hayes earned his doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati in March 2002, with a focus on crossover frequencies and digital noise reduction algorithms.

Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People
Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), Bethesda, Md, has named Kathryn Stephens its interim executive director, a position she will hold until a permanent executive director is selected. Stephens is an advisor to nonprofit organizations on management and organizational development issues and provides professional coaching services to nonprofit executives in Washington, DC. Previously, she was the founding executive director of “Building Futures: Family AIDS Housing” in Washington. In addition to a BA degree in international affairs from George Washington University, Stephens is a graduate of Georgetown University’s organizational development program. The SHHH Board of Trustees is currently working with the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and their Executive Transitions Program to search for a permanent director.

Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, announces the addition of several new staff members. Bobbie Knopf has been appointed to regional sales manager, responsible for sales in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Mary Hendel has been named sales representative for the West region, with primary responsibilities including West Coast states, Montana, and New Mexico. Jarrett Lowenstein has been named regional sales manager, responsible for sales in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. Stephanie Wiebe has been appointed sales representative for the Midwestern region.

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