Oral History Information
Barbara Wight smiled when she recalled being crowned the accordion princess of the Western States when she was a child. While she later had a long career as an executive in the agricultural industry, her love and passion for music have always run deep. In 2009 Barbara was hired as Taylor Guitar’s very first CFO, a position she embraced wholeheartedly. That same year she attended her first NAMM Show, which was held in Nashville. While shopping for plants at a nursery in 2018, Chris Martin called Barbara and asked her to join the NAMM Board. She recalls being so excited that fellow shoppers turned and looked at her. She played a vital role in several important programs and projects at Taylor including the opening of their Amsterdam office and overseeing the growth of their ebony mill in Cameroon, Africa, which not only helped support their staff but the entire village by improving the water and food supplies. Barbara is proud of the work she does for NAMM and of such programs as NAMMYP and Women of NAMM (WoN), and the mentoring and leadership training both initiatives provide in growing our industry.