Catherine Poruba


Oral History Information

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Relative, Daughter of William Gard

Catherine Poruba and Barbara Gard are the only children of former NAMM CEO William Gard (1915-1987). Mr. Gard’s legacy is strongly remembered and archived by the people who worked with him over his long career. His daughters added vital background facts and family stories behind the man who built NAMM back up after World War II and took the association into the convention halls and early computer age. Catherine worked with her father in the Chicago office for three years beginning in 1966 and offered insight on his strong relationships with his employees as well as the leaders of the industry.