Phoenix Business Journal Names Sam Thomasson of Zounds Hearing CEO of the Year

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sam Thomasson, founder of Zounds Hearing Inc., was awarded the CEO of
the Year Award at the Arizona Corporate Excellence ceremony on November
4th at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Ray Schey,
publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal, presided over the evening
honoring the top 50 largest privately held businesses. Thomasson was
singled out as the CEO of the Year for his leadership at Zounds Hearing
in providing top quality hearing aid technology to anyone with mild,
moderate, or moderate/severe hearing loss.

Thomasson understands the problems and frustrations facing the hearing
impaired. His daughter, Kate, lost her hearing due to an illness and
high fever at 13 months old. As a child, she struggled to understand and
vocalize speech and suffered with poorly performing hearing aids. “Her
hearing aids would frequently squeal causing her pain, and the feedback
she heard often kept her from understanding what others were saying,”
said Thomasson. “As an engineer, it became my goal to make her life
better by creating a hearing aid that solved those problems.” In his
acceptance speech, Thomasson spoke of the positive impact Zounds hearing
aids make in Kate’s life today and credited her for providing a new
direction in his career and purpose in life.

Thomasson established Zounds Hearing in 2005 with a handful of employees
and has grown the Zounds Hearing franchise business to over 220 stores
across the nation. His early career was spent developing groundbreaking
technologies in the medical device consumer electronics industries,
where he created 52 patents that enable Zounds to dramatically improve
the performance of hearing aids. “It is an honor to be recognized as CEO
of the Year,” said Thomasson. “But I’m the first to admit that it’s my
committed team of professionals that have made our company great. Their
hard work and dedication to our mission has been the defining difference
between a good company and great one.”

“Sam is a dynamic man, both as a CEO and as a personal friend,” said Raj
Kapur, CFO of Zounds Hearing. “As the head of a large and complex
company, he creates new and innovative technology to improve hearing aid
technology for the hearing impaired, and is greatly revered in his
community. He is the best choice for this award.”

Thomasson was given the Innovator of the Year Award at the Arizona
Corporate Excellence event in 2014, and also named as a Health Care Hero
for Innovation by the Phoenix Business Journal.

About Zounds Hearing, Inc.

Zounds Hearing designs, manufactures and retails high-performance
hearing aids for use with mild, moderate, severe and profound hearing
impairments. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the company’s technology
enables breakthroughs in product, performance, selection and value.
Zounds utilizes internally developed research and 57 exclusive patents.
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Zounds Hearing Inc.
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