New NAMM Board Members Elected at the 2013 NAMM Show
—At its Annual Meeting of Members, held January 27 during the 2013 NAMM Show, the NAMM Board of Directors bid farewell to departing members and welcomed eight new faces to a three-year term. The NAMM Board of Directors provides guidance and leadership to the National Association of Music Merchants and the music instrument and product industry.
In welcoming the new members, Chairman Kevin Cranley expressed his faith in their collective expertise and dedication, and noted the accomplishments of their predecessors. “Almost two years ago, the Board sat down and totally rewrote NAMM’s Vision, Mission and Objectives. In doing so, they brought their personal tenets and their professional experience to the table and applied it to NAMM, further defining and enriching our association for generations of Members to come,” he said. “I have complete confidence in the ability of our newest members to further elevate our Board, and by extension our organization, and to provide our Members with every opportunity for success in the coming years.”
The following NAMM Members were elected for service from 2013 to 2015:
- Gayle Beacock, Beacock Music Company
- John D’Addario III, D’Addario & Company
- Jim DeStafney, Blues Angel Music
- Jessica Freehling-Kazzie, Art’s Music Shop
- Rob Joseph, MusicMax
- Ben Kraft, Kraft Music
- Ron Manus, Alfred Publishing Company
- Andy Zildjian, Sabian
The NAMM board bids farewell with great appreciation for their service to the outgoing board members including Carol Calato, vice president of J.D. Calato Mfg. Co., Inc. in Niagara Falls, NY, Michael Canning, president of Cadon Technical Sales Co., in Cottleville, MO, Peter Hix, co-owner of Hix Brothers Music in Aurora, IL, Steve Judge, owner and president of Griggs Music, Inc. in Davenport, IA, Dana Messina, director of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA, Mark Ragin, CEO of U.S. Band & Orchestra Supplies, Inc. in Saint Louis, MO, Chuck Surack, president and founder of Sweetwater Sound, Inc. in Fort Wayne, IN, and Gordon Wilcher, founder and senior partner of Owensboro Music Center in Owensboro, KY.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies located in more than 87 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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