Management Team

Mead Killion, President/CTO

Mead Killion, President/CTO

Interview with Mead

Mead Killion, Ph.D. founded Etymotic Research, Inc. in 1983. Prior to starting Etymotic, he worked for over 20 years for a major electronic component manufacturer where he designed hearing aid transducers, including microphones that were so accurate they were also used in recording and broadcast studios. Dr. Killion earned degrees in mathematics from Wabash College and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and completed his doctorate in audiology at Northwestern University. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science (Sc.D.) degree from Wabash College.

Dr. Killion teaches an advanced course in hearing aid electroacoustics at Northwestern University, where he is an adjunct professor. He has also taught audiology graduate students at Rush University and has directed graduate research at City University of New York Graduate School. Dr. Killion has lectured on hearing protection and hearing aids in 19 countries. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field of hearing. He is an accomplished choir director, violinist and jazz pianist. He holds over 60 patents.

Mark Piepenbrink, CEO

Mark Piepenbrink, CEO

Mark Piepenbrink, B.S., CPA has over 40 years of financial and accounting experience in manufacturing and distribution with 10 years as Etymotic CFO. Mr. Piepenbrink spent 11 years in public accounting with KPMG Peat Marwick where he performed audits and served as advisor to owners of closely held manufacturing and distribution companies. He utilized technical abilities and past experience to develop practical solutions for business problems. Mr. Piepenbrink has had extensive experience in management, negotiation, computer modeling, strategic planning and forecasting, contract review, human resource management and organizational development.

Al Arends, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Al Arends, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Al Arends, B.S., MBA brings over 20 years of marketing and sales experience with manufacturing companies serving the business-to-business and business-to–consumer markets. Mr. Arends successfully developed and launched new products into the office products, storage and organization, and personal beauty care markets. Mr. Arends has been recognized for his capabilities in sales and marketing leadership, new product development, channel strategies, marketing communications, as well as product commercialization. He brings a solid record of revenue and margin growth through his ability to translate consumer insights into market-relevant products across the industries he has served.

Steve Iseberg, Vice President of Engineering

Steve Iseberg, Vice President of Engineering

Steve Iseberg, B.S., MBA has been with Etymotic Research for almost thirty years. Steve has been involved in the development of numerous successful products including directional microphones, hearing protection devices, and the first commercial in-ear high-fidelity earphones. He has been managing Etymotic’s Diagnostic Instrumentation Group for 15 years, leading his team to develop and continue the innovation of the market-leading ERO-SCAN® line of hearing screening instruments, distributed worldwide by four major clinical brands. Steve has designed several low-noise microphone probes for use in hearing research and has managed a US Navy STTR contract for the development of a next-generation probe system. Steve has a B.S. in Technical Management and an MBA from Roosevelt University and holds over 25 US and international patents.

Don Wilson, Vice President of Operations

Don Wilson, Vice President of Operations

Donald Wilson graduated from DeVry University with a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. He has over 34 years of experience in the electronics field, the past 32 at Etymotic Research. He began his career at Etymotic as a design engineer. He has influenced the design and function of most of Etymotic’s products, for which he holds many patents. Mr. Wilson was part of the original design team responsible for the K-AMP amplifier development, and he was integral to the development of ER-4 in-ear earphones. He participates in the design review process on all Etymotic products.

For the past 14 years Mr. Wilson has managed manufacturing engineering and production on all Etymotic products released to the marketplace. He also oversees the continuous process improvement of product production as part of Etymotic’s quality management system.

Jonathan Stewart, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Jonathan Stewart, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Jonathan K. Stewart - Interests in sound reproduction, recording and electronics led to a degree in electronics engineering and taking a job at a small start-up acoustics company. Developed high-fidelity products to protect, diagnose and improve human hearing leading to numerous patents related to hearing in acoustics and microelectronics. Implemented and manage ISO 9001 and 13485 certified quality management system. Serves on multiple standards working groups in acoustics and hearing protection. Member of the Acoustical Society of America, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Society for Quality, American Society for Materials, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

Steve Starykowicz, Vice President of Finance

Steve Starykowicz, Vice President of Finance

Stephen Starykowicz has over 30 years of accounting, finance and manufacturing experience. Steve joined Etymotic Research as Controller in 2000. After graduating with a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University, he began his career as a Cost Accountant with The Dietzgen Corporation. Steve excelled in every division of the accounting department at Dietzgen where he became Controller in 1997. At Etymotic, Steve has been instrumental in modernizing and streamlining the workflow within the company.

Steve is very active in his community. He first served as a Village Trustee of Indian Creek, IL and was appointed Village President in 2004. He is currently serving his third term as Village President. Steve’s hobbies include almost everything outside especially in the winter time (Think Snow!).