Tom Muller Receives Beltone’s Larry Mauldin Award
Tom Muller

Tom Muller

At a gala event at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) convention in Boston, the Larry Mauldin Award for Excellence in Education, sponsored by Beltone, was presented to Tom Muller, AuD.

“Beltone is proud to present this award to Dr Muller,” said Todd Murray, president of Beltone North America. “His extraordinary contributions to the field of audiology and the hearing care industry are profound. We are grateful for his ongoing efforts to improve our industry through continuing education and innovation.”

Since 1997, Muller has been with the University of Arizona Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, where he currently serves as clinical associate professor and clinical division leader for audiology. For 7 years, he was also the director of the Audiology Department at Thomas-Davis Medical Centers in Tucson.

Muller’s other responsibilities include managing the Pima County Hearing Aid Bank, a cooperative program of Sertoma, a community outreach program for the deaf, and the University of Arizona Hearing Clinic. The Pima County Hearing Aid Bank enables low-income individuals to obtain hearing aids at a very low cost.

“I am honored to be chosen for this award by my colleagues,” said Muller. “It is very rewarding to be recognized as an educator and advocate within the industry that is a passion of my life.”

The Mauldin Award was created by Beltone in 1999 to honor the accomplishments of the late Larry Mauldin, especially for his work and commitment to education in the field of audiology. Mauldin was well known for his passion to advance the knowledge of audiology and hearing aid fittings to as broad an audience as possible. The award is presented annually to an industry leader committed to continuing education and unselfishly giving back to the profession, the community, and people with hearing impairment.

Gail Gudmundsen Receives First Salus University Audiology Alumna of the Year Award

The Salus University Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) has presented Gail Gudmundsen, AuD, with OCA’s first Salus University Audiology Alumna of the Year award during an alumni reception at the AAA convention in Boston. Student scholarships were also awarded at the same event.

The award, presented by Victor Bray, PhD, dean of OCA, recognizes an alumnus of the George S. Osborne College of Audiology who has “distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of audiology, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University.”

Gudmundsen is a member of OCA’s class of 2002, and is a former adjunct faculty member and a past member of the university’s Board of Trustees. She is currently the managing director of the Audiology Division of Etymotic Research Inc, Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Additionally, Dr Bray announced the four winners of OCA student scholarships at the reception. Megan Schenk, class of 2012, and Whitney Hill, class of 2013, each won an Audiology Foundation of America Student Excellence Scholarship Award. Additionally, Kelsey Deputy, class of 2012, and Andy Lau, class of 2013, were the winners of the Anita Pikus, AuD Memorial Student Excellence Scholarship Award.

Longtime Welch Allyn Member Stephen Meyer Appointed President and CEO

Welch Allyn has announced the appointment of Stephen F. Meyer as its new president and CEO, effective April 16, 2012. Meyer has been with Welch Allyn since 1981 and most recently served as the company’s executive vice president and chief global business officer.

Meyer replaces Julie Shimer, who announced in January her desire to retire in 2012, allowing time for a successor to be named and ensuring a smooth transition for the new CEO. Shimer’s career at Welch Allyn began in 2002 when she joined the company’s Board of Directors and was subsequently appointed president and CEO in 2007.

“Julie played an important role in our company’s history, particularly as we moved from a third generation of owner/operators to a company led by fourth generation shareholders, and managed by non-family members,” said Peer Soderberg, MD, co-chair of the Board of Directors for Welch Allyn.

Eric Allyn, co-chair of the Board of Directors for Welch Allyn, added, “Steve knows and understands our products and markets and is an excellent fit with the values that have been the cornerstone of Welch Allyn for almost 100 years.”

Meyer began his career at Welch Allyn in 1981 as a sales representative in Detroit. Over the last 30 years, he held a series of senior leadership roles in a variety of capacities, from international sales and marketing to product development and general management including president of Welch Allyn’s North American business.