Nancy Kewin Smith


Oral History Information

Nancy Kewin Smith is a pioneering senior executive who served the music products industry in an era in which she was among a small number of women in high-ranking positions. After earning her degree in music, Nancy first entered the music industry in sales at West LA Music. She then joined the Moog Music team, then owned by Norlin for six years. While at Moog and working under Dave Luce, Nancy earned her MBA. In 1983 she was hired by Tom Beckman at Roland and stayed on for ten years climbing to the role of Vice President & General Manager of the MI Division. Among the highlights of her career, Nancy lists being involved with Roland during the introduction of MIDI, serving on the NAMM Board of Directors (1994-1997), and helping to launch the Roland Learning Center. Nancy helped pave the way for growth and change in the industry, for which she is proud.