A representative from Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products, recently served on a panel at The Church Network 2015 59th Annual National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Maile Keone, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Listen Technologies, participated in “Achieving Accessible, Inclusive Churches,” a panel discussion on accommodating worshippers with hearing loss. The panel was moderated by Joseph Montano, Ed.D., and other panel participants included church leaders Rev. Lewis Groce, Dan van Goidtsnoven RCDD, Steve Anderson, and Larry Nelson.
Keone’s participation in this panel is part of Listen’s ongoing efforts of advocacy and outreach on the subject of hearing loss and the tools in place to serve those afflicted with it. Listen considers hearing loss a public health concern, and as a thought leader in the field, Listen makes the most of each opportunity it has to educate consumers, facility owners, contractors and installers, clergy and church leadership and more on the realities (both legal and practical) of hearing loss accommodation.
Topics addressed by the panel included overall awareness of assistive listening solutions; adoption rates of such technology and the role that church leaders play; potential risks in not being proactive in accommodating worshippers with hearing loss; the evaluation and installation process; structural considerations; approximate costs; overall benefits; and more.
“The panel was a success, and I was happy to participate and give my perspective and that of Listen Technologies,” stated Keone. “It was illuminating and thoughtful, and I hope that I contributed as much as I learned from the other panelists. It was a delight to be involved, and I am proud to have represented Listen at this important forum.”
As chief steward of Listen’s brand, Keone is responsible for ensuring exceptional customer experience. Keone is an entrepreneur and seasoned executive with broad experience in sales and marketing. She gained valuable work experience at WordPerfect and Novell, where she was part of the rapid growth of both companies. Her favourite marketing wins include product placement on Good Morning America and USA Today Best Tech of 2006. She has been named as one of 30 Women to Watch in Utah, selected multiple times as a v100 entrepreneur, and been recognised with the SBA Women in Business Champion award. In 2010, she was selected as the Utah Technology Council’s Marketing Executive of the Year. Keone is currently a blogger for Huffington Post and loves writing and contributing to a number of other publications.
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