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  • 1. STARKEY FOUNDATION CEO BILL AUSTIN, COMING TO INDIA PLANS TO DONATE OVER 2000 HEARING AIDS, TO NEEDY CHILDREN INVITATION TO COVER: INTERVIEW/ PERSONALITY/ BUSINESS PROFILEDATES OF BILL AUSTIN’S STAY IN DELHI: 22 -23 OCTOBER 2007William (Bill) Austin, 65 - Founder and CEO Starkey • His job is to make people listen. Bill Austin devotes most of his time helping people, rich and poor, hear around the world • He wanted to be a doctor and help people like his grandfather, who died of kidney failure. But on way to the University of Minnesota med school, found a different path. • Working for his uncle’s hearing aid company, to earn his tuition money; he stumbled on his life’s calling. • Today, his clientele includes former US Presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Emmy Award-winning American actor and film director Paul Newman and 1995 Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum • His slogan adopted by Starkey Hearing Foundation is “So The World May Hear”. “I’m very blessed to do something I truly enjoy being a part of. I created a company whose premise is to have fun”, he says WHAT IS STARKEY?• A $ 700 (?) Million Company• World leader in design, development and distribution of hearing solutions.• Leading hearing aide manufacturer with 35 facilities in more than 24 countries• Promoting hearing care awareness through the support of hearing research, education and charitable programs, since 1973.• Donates thousands of hearing aids every year, to needy individuals & children.• Donated more than 200,000 hearing aides to poor children since 2000.• Supports and sponsors several industry-level public awareness campaigns.BACKGROUND MATERIAL: 1. STARKEY FOUNDATION 2. STARKEY LABORATORY - COMPANY PROFILE 3. NEW YORK TIMES- 1 4. NEW YORK TIMES -2 5. USA TODAY -1 6. USA TODAY 2 7. NEW YORK TIMES -1 8. NEW YORK TIMES -2 9. STARKEY HEARING JOURNAL 10. NBC -BILL AUSTIN

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