Rayovac Corp
Rayovac Corp, Madison, Wis, announced that Robert L. (Bob) Caulk has been appointed president and chief executive officer—North America. In his new role, Caulk will be responsible for all Rayovac businesses within the region. He will also serve as a member of the company’s executive committee, providing leadership in the development and execution of Rayovac’s strategic growth plans.

Caulk, most recently CEO and president of United Industries, Beloit, Wis, joined Rayovac concurrent with the company’s recent acquisition of United. Caulk’s career also includes stints with SC Johnson, Johnson Worldwide Associates and Clopay Building Products, Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and a master’s in business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

In commenting on the appointment, Rayovac Chairman and CEO Dave Jones said, “I am delighted that Bob has agreed to take on this critical role. Bob’s addition to the Rayovac management team significantly strengthens the depth and breadth of the talented and dedicated Rayovac management team. His knowledge and experience with United Industries and the consumer products industry will help to ensure the continuing success of our North American growth strategies and business practices.”

Rayovac also announced the promotion of Kenneth V. Biller to president—global operations. He will continue to serve as a member of the company’s executive committee. Biller’s promotion recognizes the increasing importance and complexity of his role as head of Rayovac’s worldwide manufacturing, supply chain, and technology operations with the addition of the United Industries acquisition. Biller has enjoyed a successful career with Rayovac for more than 30 years, most recently serving as executive vice president, global operations. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ill.


Beltone Electronics Corp
Beltone Electronics Corp, Chicago, awarded its prestigious President’s Cup Award to Mike Tessmer of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, at its National Meeting held in Las Vegas, on February 27–March 1, 2005. Beltone has presented the President’s Cup annually since 1958 to dedicated hearing care practitioners that demonstrate exceptional patient care, community involvement, and professional business practices.

 Mike Tessmer is presented with Beltone’s President’s Cup by Todd Murray, president of Beltone North America.

“We at Beltone are committed to recognizing extraordinary hearing care practitioners and helping our network members deliver the best patient care experience in the industry,” said Todd Murray, president of Beltone North America. “This award recognizes those practitioners whose professionalism and care go well beyond their office and into the community.”

Tessmer started his career as a Beltone hearing care practitioner in 1979 and opened up his first office in 1993. Today, he owns 11 full-time and 11 part-time offices. He currently serves on a variety of industry councils, test markets products and services, and trains other practitioners. In addition, he is a member of the International Hearing Society, is board-certified, and is a member of the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association.

“I am very proud to receive this honor and to be a member of Beltone’s prestigious hearing care network,” says Tessmer.

In addition to the President’s Cup Award, Beltone also presented performance awards to other top practitioners from its offices throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


CareCredit
In an effort to improve service to audiology practices, CareCredit®, Costa Mesa, Calif, has hired Paul Findly as director of marketing.

 Paul Findly

A high-energy marketing professional, Findly brings to CareCredit more than 15 years of experience working with Fortune 50 companies. He will play an instrumental role in developing tools and programs to help audiology practices grow their business. Findly provides exceptional leadership and innovative thinking through an extensive background in sales, marketing, and new-product development.

 Judy Harrison

“Paul understands the opportunities that audiology practices have with an aging population, their need for patient financing, and the benefits CareCredit delivers to any audiology practice,” says Rob Morris, vice president of marketing at CareCredit.


AG Bell
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) has announced the appointment of Judy Harrison, formerly of MED-EL Corp, Durham, NC, to the position of senior director of professional programs. Harrison will lead content development for the association’s convention, as well as identify and design new professional development opportunities.

Harrison most recently served as the coordinator of educational services for MED-EL Corp, where she developed educational and promotional programs and materials for the MED-EL cochlear implant system. Prior to joining MED-EL, she worked as the coordinator of educational services for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where she designed and implemented the educational program for the hearing and learning center.

“As Senior Director of Professional Programs, Judy Harrison’s wealth of experience in the field of deafness will provide valuable perspective as we continue to develop our professional programs at AG Bell,” said K. Todd Houston, PhD, executive director/CEO of AG Bell. “In the coming year, Judy will lend her subject matter expertise to a variety of programs and will help in identifying the professional needs of the organization.”

Harrison holds a master’s degree in the education of the deaf from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University—Douglass College in New Brunswick, NJ.

The AG Bell is a lifelong resource, support network, and advocate for listening, learning, talking, and living independently with hearing loss. Through publications, outreach, training, scholarships, and financial aid, AG Bell promotes the use of spoken language and hearing technology.


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