William F. Austin
Founder and CEO
William F. "Bill" Austin is the Founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Founder & CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies. He has more than 50 years of experience in the hearing industry.
Mr. Austin turned Starkey Labs, a small ear mold company he purchased in 1970 for $13,000 into Starkey Hearing Technologies, the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the U.S.
No matter how much success he achieves in business, Mr. Austin will always be remembered for his generosity and steadfast belief that the gift of hearing can change the world. He built Starkey Hearing Foundation on his vision: So the World May Hear. He leads the Foundation on dozens of hearing missions every year, having visited more than 100 countries to give the gift of hearing. Under his leadership, Starkey Hearing Foundation is fitting more than 100,000 hearing aids annually.
Mr. Austin has received many honors for his philanthropic work, including: the Horatio Alger Award, Mexico’s Aztec Eagle Award, the Jefferson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award, the National Caring Award, and the Humanitarian Award from Variety International.
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