Larry Thomas is the current CEO of Fender Musical Instrument Company. He also served as CEO of Guitar Center during the company’s early growth period. He worked closely with music educational programs throughout his career and in fact created the Guitar Center Foundation and the Fender Music Foundation. Larry began his career in the music industry working for music stores in San Jose, Califorina. He has often said that during those early years in the business he counted on mentors to guide and help him. Larry is proud of the fact that now he is able to do the same for others! Larry was interviewed in 2005 when he was president of Guitar Center and again in 2012 when he was president of Fender.