photoWidex Hearing Aid Co.
Dean Ogle has joined Widex as sales representative for Florida and Puerto Rico. Dean brings over 18 years of hearing aid industry experience in sales, marketing and product training to the company. He is a graduate of Florida State Univ.


photoSelf Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH)
Brenda Battat has been named acting executive director of the organization. She has been with SHHH National for 11 years, serving as deputy executive director of SHHH and acting executive director in 1999. She has also served on government, professional and private sector consumer advisory boards including AT&T, Northwest and American Airlines and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn. (ASHA). She has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and a master’s degree in counseling from Indiana Univ.


Telex Communications, Inc.
Edward P. Braun has joined the company as the vice president, general manager of the Hearing Instrument Group (HIG).

Braun has been involved in the hearing industry for the past 16 years, most recently as the vice president of US sales responsible for government, managed care and retail sales for a company in the hearing health care industry. He also has served as director of sales and marketing in the medical industry and has extensive experience in that field.


photoQuest Technologies, Inc.
Jim Banach (left) will serve as the vice president of operations. He has been with Quest for 15 years serving as regional sales manager, general manager and director of training, service and rental. He is also active in industry-related trade associations such as the American Hygiene Assn. (AIHA), National Hearing Conservation Assn. (NHCA), Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and the National Institute of Health. Banach earned his BS in criminal justice from Univ of Wisconsin Milwaukee and holds an MBA degree from the Keller School.

photoMark Mazzo (left) will serve as the vice president and general manager of the Quest Technologies Rochester Technical Center. He has a BS in electrical engineering from RIT and an MBA from the Simon School of Business. He joined the company when Quest acquired Metrosonics where he served as the director of engineering.

Cliff Wolcott has been elected as the vice president of marketing. His previous position was director of sales and marketing for Metrosonics before it was acquired by the Quest Technologies. He has a total of 20 years of experience in sales, service, rental and marketing in occupational safety and health field. Wolcott studied business administration at the Univ. of Wisconsin and electronic technology at Monroe Community College.


Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC)
Gayle S. Rink, MS, and Richard L. Stepkin, MS, are the two new representatives of the organization.

Rink will represent the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) through the Spring 2002 replacing Constance M. Tatman, MS, RN. He has experience in program development and client services, has been a national conference lecturer, has published in the AAOHN Journal and has held clinical positions in public health and occupational health nursing and faculty positions as a clinical instructor.

Richard L. Stepkin will represent the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) filling the expired 10-year term of Susan Cooper Megerson, MA. He, as the founder and president of Enviromed Corp., provides hearing conservation services such as mobile audiometry, diagnostic on-site audiology, noise surveys, program assessments, educational training and loss prevention. Stepkin is an active member of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), New Jersey Academy of Audiology and American Academy of Audiology.


photoMotion Media Technology Limited
Jay Sanders, MD, (left) has been appointed as the industry consultant to the company’s telemedicine and telehealth division. Reportedly known as the “Father of Telemedicine” in the industry, Sanders will guide the company’s product development and industry outreach programs that address the needs of the telemedicine community. Currently, Sanders is the president and CEO of an international consulting company, and is a professor of medicine at a university. With a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Sanders has served at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital and has designed the telemedicine system for the State of Georgia.

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