Vic Russelavage was hired by Chuck Levin as a repairman while Vic was playing his trumpet professionally. Chuck became a mentor and encouraged Vic to focus on the details and to take as much time with each customer as needed. As a result, Vic was inspired to open his own repair shop, which became a retail store in Colorado Springs. After his High Country Music store closed, he later managed another store in Denver, worked for Lowell Samuel at MIDCO wholesales for five years and for the Mel Graner store in Colorado Springs. A rep for Gibson told Vic of an opening, and in 1993 he started his long career with Gibson. Vic worked his way up to senior management and in 2008 helped establish Gibson Japan.
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