Robin Walenta

President and CEO; former NAMM Chair
West Music

Robin Walenta is the CEO of West Music Company. West Music is based in Coralville, Iowa with seven retail stores and several business units that serve musicians both nationally and internationally. Under Robin’s leadership, West Music has grown to the 13th largest music retailer in the United States with over 200 employees. 

Robin embodies West Music's mission, “Play now. Play for Life.” through her numerous contributions to the music industry. These include most recently serving as Chair of the National Association of Music Merchant’s (NAMM) Executive Committee, serving and being a founding member of the Smart Women in Music (SWIM) Fund, serving on the NAMM Technology Committee, and having served on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education. Robin was awarded a She Rocks Award in 2014 which honors women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.   

Locally, Robin has given her time and talents by serving on many regional boards and committees. She is frequently recognized as a leader in the community and in the music industry for her innovation, commitment to education, and collaborative associations.  Robin strongly believes in the power and inclusivity of making music and that every person can benefit from music in their lives. Her participation in the NAMM advocacy efforts and the Iowa Alliance for Arts mission has resulted in preserving and promoting arts education nationwide, assuring all students have access to a quality arts education.