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Craigie Zildjian has accomplished what no other woman has done in her company’s over 380-year history; she has become president of the Zildjian Cymbal Company. She has also been a pioneer in industry-related organizations where few other women have been.

Deborah Zildjian proudly recalled stories of her father and her grandfather, two of the most successful leaders of her family’s 380 plus years as cymbal makers. Deborah has a compelling way of recounting her family’s history such as her memories of her grandmother and grandfather.

Andy Zildjian is the president of the cymbal company his parents established in 1981, Sabian. With a long family tradition of cymbal making, Andy is proud to continue developing the company. Andy has worked to continue the core set of values established by his parents regarding customer and employee care as well as producing the best products possible.

Armand Zildjian had many friends in the music industry and even years after his passing, the stories of Armand and his role in the industry seem to be everywhere.  As president of the Avedis Zildjian Company, Armand oversaw the cymbal manufacturing that was part of his family since it was first established in 1623.

Loren Zimmerman owned Byerly Music in Peoria, Illinois during the 1970s and 80s and is credited for being among the first music retailers to have locations in shopping malls.  When he purchased the company from his father-in-law, Eldred Byerly (who served as President of the NAMM Board from 1963-1965), Loren expanded the company to include ten locations at its peak.

Norm Zimmerman began his career in the industry with Steve’s Music in Canada, where he remains as the store’s sheet music buyer. Norm grew up working in his father’s general store, providing Norm with great experiences as a buyer and in training employees. Norm joined the music chain of three music stores in 1991 and soon took over managing the print music departments.

Bruce Zinky loves playing guitar, but even at a young age he realized he enjoyed modifying instruments for himself and his friends. The Fender custom shop hired him in the early 1990s to work on guitar amplifiers. With a few design ideas of his own, Bruce set out to create his own company, which was established on the strength of the Smokey Amp; one of his early products.

Erik Zobler was passionate about sound and music from an early age and seemed destined to carve out a career surrounded by other passionate music makers.  As a studio engineer and producer, Erik’s long list of credits includes assisting Bruce Swedien on Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album, as engineer on albums by Miles Davis, Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, Stanley Clarke, Ramsey

Zoro is easily recognized walking most of the NAMM Shows and is often seen demonstrating his style on several products he uses during the shows. His knowledge of the products he plays makes him a perfect endorser and his passion for music makers makes him the ideal spokesperson for the benefits of playing an instrument.

Robert Zoschke is the president of The Piano Center in Beaumont, Texas, which his father Marvin formed in 1955. Robert worked in the store on weekends and over the summers while in school and soon took a great interest in the business and the music industry.