UNC Chapel Hill Students Moore and Obarowski Take Home Grand Prize Honors at ADA Student Business Plan Competition


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UNC Chapel Hill Students Moore and Obarowski Take Home Grand Prize Honors at ADA Student Business Plan Competition

Lexington, Ky.— The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is pleased to announce that University of North Carolina Chapel Hill students Mark Moore and Sarah Obarowski earned first place honors and a $5,000 cash grant during the third annual ADA Student Business Plan Competition, held November 13th in Washington, D.C. Both Moore and Obarowski are scheduled to graduate in 2016.

Pictured left to right, Sarah Obarowski and Mark Moore

The ADA Business Plan Competition is geared for audiology students seeking meaningful hands-on business experience, and the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and creativity. Early-round activities included development of a written executive summary and business plan, which was judged on creativity, feasibility, completeness, cohesiveness, professionalism and polish. Finalists received an all-expense-paid trip to the ADA Annual Convention where the Competition culminated with a live general session featuring student presentation pitches, and rapid-fire questions from the judges. 
“The business savvy and hard work demonstrated by Mark and Sarah, over the past six months of competition, exemplifies what it takes to successfully manage an audiology clinic,” said ADA President Rita Chaiken, Au.D. “The level of knowledge and resourcefulness displayed by all of the 2015 finalists offers great assurance that the future of audiology is in great hands!”
ADA 2015 Student Business Plan Competition honorable mentions go to Cliff Olson of the University of Illinois, who finished in second place, and Hershel Korngut  and Garrett Thompson representing the Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY), who took home third place honors.

Competition Judges included Peer Lauritsen, Doug Beck, Au.D. Linda Hartman, Au.D. and Andrew Hebert (returning). Audiology Practices Editor, Brian Taylor, Au.D., also made a return appearance as the Master of Ceremonies.
“ADA would like to thank EarQ for its ongoing commitment to support the ADA Student Business Plan Competition,” said Dr. Chaiken. “EarQ’s donation of time and resources to ensure the success of the Competition has provided a unique opportunity for Au.D. candidates to hone their practice management skills. We are also grateful for the judges who have taught these students valuable lessons that will allow them to flourish in whatever practice setting that they choose.”

About EarQ
A nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare providers, EarQ utilizes innovative business and marketing practices as well as national public awareness efforts to advocate for excellence in the industry and in patient care. Through its 1,400 hearing healthcare provider locations nationwide, EarQ helps provide greater access to quality hearing healthcare services and products.

About ADA
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology is dedicated to the advancement of practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care. ADA provides programming, services and resources to audiologists and students who are, or who desire to be autonomous practitioners. Visit www.audiologist.org for more information.