Our Team

FOUNDING PARTNERS


Anthony Florek

President
Anthony has thirty plus years of medical device Sales and Marketing experience developed at leading medical equipment and consumer product companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Allergan Medical Optics and Beltone (GN Hearing Care). Anthony brings 15 years of experience from the traditional hearing aid industry and leads the development of the business model and value proposition at Soundwave Hearing.

Chris Boven

Chief Technology Officer
Chris has years of experience in auditory research and invented the technology behind Soundwave Hearing’s software.

Joe Turek

Chief Engineer
Joe created a supply chain organization to engage global manufacturers in multiple disciplines ranging from custom electronic products to advanced logistics, stocking programs, lean purchasing and warehouse management programs.

Joe has been involved in manufacturing since he was 15. He holds five patents involving high performance microwave telecommunications circuit board technologies and is a registered professional engineer and a member of the IPC and IEEE.

COMMERCIAL TEAM


Suzanne Florek

VP Marketing
Suzanne, a distinguished business leader, with a skill set in new product and strategy development and an entrepreneurial interdisciplinary skillset. She has been an innovation consultant for Fortune 500 companies in the consumer packaged goods, food service and quick service spaces. A brand architect and new concept visionary that successfully drives innovation and inspires strategic organizational evolution.

Chris Sixt

VP Operations / Quality Manager
Prior to joining the Soundwave Hearing team, Chris held a leadership position with Beltone – a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of hearing aid products & services, dedicated to helping the world hear better; he was engaged in sales and operations, leading others in Managed Care and New Distribution Channel development. Prior to joining Beltone, he worked with various retailers across various industries, including apparel, health & beauty care, fine furniture, office supplies, and optical.

SOFTWARE TEAM


Allison Chiang

Software Engineer
Allison is an experienced Android software developer and helps build Soundwave’s mobile phone and tablet software.

Jeff Biggus

VP of Scientific Computing
Jeff is an expert in scientific computing and leads the software engineering efforts at Soundwave.

ADVISORY BOARD


Shamus Hurley

Independent Lead Director
A seasoned C-Suite Executive and board member, Shamus was the CEO of two, family-owned, small-cap companies serving the global water market, and prior to that, he was president of Bosch’s Security Systems entity for the Americas. He also held various senior leadership roles with Honeywell International in their Security, Enterprise Solutions and HVAC businesses. Shamus is also an Angel Investor, and via his LLC, which invests in early stage, health-tech and water-tech startups, focuses primarily on technologies with significant, industry-disrupting potential.

Todd Murray

Chief Executive Officer, 3B Scientific Group
Todd has been the CEO of 3B Scientific since 2016. The company is a manufacturer and distributor of medical education and simulation products for the purpose of advancing medical education and is a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC. Todd serves on the Boards of Operative Experience Inc., Tingue, Brown and Company and Anytime Health. Prior to his leadership of 3B Scientific, Todd was an Operating Partner at J.H. Whitney Capital Partners and prior to that President of GN Hearing Care for seven years.

Patrick Doherty

Pat is a serial entrepreneur, private investor and mentor. His experience includes over 15 years of venture capital fund management and investing, a decade of CEO leadership, 15 years of M&A investment banking and public and private company board representation. His focus is to deconstruct and simplify complex issues and environments to assist high potential companies and management teams overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Dr. Barry Freeman

Dr. Freeman owned and practiced for twenty years at the Center for Audiology in Clarksville, TN and Hearing Services of Kentucky in Hopkinsville, KY. In 1997 he became the founding chair of the Audiology Department at Nova Southeastern University. He joined Starkey, Inc. in 2008 to become the Senior Director of Education and Audiology and in 2014 became the Vice President of Business Development for ZPower, LLC where he contributed to bringing rechargeable batteries to the hearing aid industry. Dr. Freeman has an extensive list of publications and has lectured and given professional presentations on Audiology and related topics throughout the world. He is a past-president of the American Academy of Audiology and the Florida Academy of Audiology. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy in 2006.


Our founders – Anthony, Chris and Joe – established Soundwave Hearing on three core principles: Simplicity. Affordability. Convenience.

At Soundwave Hearing, we are passionately committed to the idea that good hearing health improves lives. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality hearing technology without the barriers of cost, time or stigma. By taking advantage of the ease and accessibility of the mobile phone in your pocket, we offer cutting-edge and stylish hearing solutions at an extremely affordable price, allowing you to set up, customize and adjust your hearing from the comfort and privacy of home in just 3 minutes. Our amazing otoTune® App blends artificial intelligence, Bluetooth technology and patented software to work with our Sontro® Hearing Aids, so you can confidently rejoin the conversation and never miss another word.

We have achieved this breakthrough for the newly created Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aid category thanks to the specialized backgrounds of each of our founders.

  • Anthony, our President, brings 15 years of experience from the traditional hearing aid industry to help guide our overall vision, combining the rigorous standards of high-quality hearing health with the new opportunities available thanks to mobile phone technology.
  • Chris, our Chief Technology guru, developed our proprietary, patented otoTune App to ensure that anyone with a mobile phone can easily test, program and adjust their Sontro Hearing Aids in the comfort of home.
  • Joe, our Chief Engineer, adds his knowledge of design, engineering and manufacturing to ensure that our Sontro Hearing Aids are stylish, comfortable and state-of-the-art, while meeting the highest standards of FDA registration.

We are thrilled to be innovating hearing science during such an exciting time. At Soundwave Hearing, we truly believe that everyone has the right to hear clearly, to engage dynamically with family, friends and colleagues and to lead a full life.

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