Greg Billings, started working in his fathers piano and guitar shop at the age of 15. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee he worked in the music publishing business. Thirty-five years ago, he opened his own retail store. Prior to opening the Steinway Piano Gallery in Naples, Fla., he served as a sales rep and product manager for Samick Musical Instruments.
In 1997, he founded of the Southwest Florida Steinway Piano Society, which has provided more than $150,000 in scholarships to young pianists and also provides pianos to economically disadvantaged kids through their Piano Bank. The Physician’s and Pastor’s Talent Shows he produces have generated more than $100,000 for the Neighborhood Health Clinic.
Billings was elected to the NAMM board of directors in 1993, and he served on the Florida Gulf Coast University Scholars Club Board of Advisors. He is the author of the Piano Retailer Code of Ethics and serves as a regular contributor for Music Inc. magazine. He lives in Naples with his wife Sara and plays bass and keyboards in his 11-piece band, Throat Culture.