Jim Funada has proudly served the music products industry in several important ways over the last 40 years. He began his career by working for the Yamaha Corp. in keyboard retailing. Beginning in the late 1960s, Jim oversaw the Yamaha school programs among keyboard dealers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The success of the programs resulted in expansion to several other western cities and states. Jim later worked at Yamaha’s headquarters in Southern California. After retiring from Yamaha, Jim became an advocate for NAMM with a focus on building stronger relationships with the Japanese music industry. Jim has also assisted in the arranging and completion of many important Japanese interviews for the NAMM Oral History program.
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