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New Welch Allyn president addresses chamber of commerce

Stephen F. Meyer talks business, personal

In his far reaching talk, Meyer touched on Welch Allyn’s history, its founding nearly 100 years ago and that the privately held company is now in its fourth generation of family participation. Corporate social responsibility is reflected in employee volunteerism as well as the company’s contribution to such well-known international projects Doctors Without Borders and Heart to Heart.

Meyer replaces Julie Shimer, president since 2007, who announced her retirement in early January. Meyer was tapped to head the company in mid March. The leadership transition has been a process Welch Allyn insiders call “seamless.”

Meyer is a native of Alma, Mich., a graduate of Alma College, where he serves as a trustee, and has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester. He is involved with professional organizations relating to the health industry and is past president of the Hiawatha Seaway Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The father of two sons, he and his wife, Susan, live in Skaneateles.

At the chamber luncheon, Meyer evinced a warm, comfortable personality and an obvious expertise on the company. He is an excellent speaker who easily explains complex problems while interacting with his audience. There were nearly 40 people at the Chamber luncheon, eager to hear him.

Meyer’s belief in Welch Allyn’s future bodes well for the company. He ended his talk by saying, “Our focus is on the front line care given — the doctors, critical care nurses, hospitals. Customer first, that is our focus.”

Anne Roth, an accomplished journalist who has reported and taught in the Syracuse area and in China, is an Eagle Newspapers contributor.

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