CMI

Doug Davies entered the music products industry in 1972 when he was hired by Turner Music in Canada. Turner was a subsidiary of Chicago Musical Instruments (CMI) and at the time, Doug was their youngest sales rep.  He really enjoyed the job as he had a supportive mentor to help him learn the ropes...
Giuseppe Vecchietti, known throughout his career as Beppe, primarily worked for three companies over his long career. All three were located in the same Italian Marche region by the Adriatic Sea, the first being Farfisa, then Siel, and finally Roland Europe. Along the way, as Marketing and Sales...
Lane Zastrow was playing professionally and even teaching music as a teenager.  His main instrument, the accordion!  After years on the road, Lane made his way into the print world.  In 1967, Lane joined Sight & Sound, which was owned by Zeb Billings.  He later worked for the famed Chicago...
Bob Lynch is a pioneering independent representative in the era when many manufacturers were slowly phasing out the inside rep.  Bob began playing trumpet at an early age and even provided music lessons at Wallace Music while still in high school.  Bob played in several concert and dance bands...
Dee Hoyt played professionally since he was a teenager including in local clubs and played for the National Guard as well as for dances.  His band, the Tornados, recorded and performed rock and roll in the early 1960s.  While playing at night, Dee got a job at Hayes Music as a salesman by day.  He...
Jerry Muenchow a veteran of the music industry worked in music retail for five years before joining the famed Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI) as a field sales representative in Michigan. Jerry held that position for 10 years before becoming a Regional Sales Manager for Fender Musical...
Bruce Bolen has had a long and colorful career in the music industry spanning nearly 50 years and with two of the best-known guitar makers in the world. Mr. M.H. Berlin, the president of Chicago Musical Instruments (CMI), first hired Bruce into the industry. At the time, CMI owned Gibson Guitars...
David Leed was born in 1937 in the United Kingdom and spent the war years and most of his childhood in Australia.  His love of music started when he was a young boy learning to play the cornet in his local Salvation Army.  After returning to London and finishing school David played the cornet in...
George Bishop had the idea of bringing the Canadian music industry together in 1971. With the help of some friends, the Musical Instrument Association of Canada (MIAC) was established not only to provide an annual trade show but to provide music advocacy throughout the country. George served as the...
Michael Nugent was the former president of Norlin Corporation. He joined the company when it was still Chicago Musical Instrument Corporation (CMI). M.H. Berlin, CMI’s founder, had purchased a few instrument lines to expand the company’s keyboard products department. Mr. Berlin’s son, Arnie, hired...

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