At 2019 Summer NAMM, the opening NAMM U Breakfast Session explored what might be the biggest issue in music retail: disruption. NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, the session host, opened the morning by inviting everyone to think of disruption not as good or bad but as an opportunity to adapt and continue to lead the industry into the future. Afterwards, he spoke with a team of thought leaders to explore this concept.
As an online marketing authority, Larry Bailin has had a front-row seat in watching disruption transform industries, including retail. During “Retail Disruptors” at 2019 Summer NAMM, he sat down with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond to discuss this trend and also share wisdom for winning customers in this hyper-changing climate.
Michael Cathrea opened Resonate Music School & Studio in 2012 and has since grown the music lesson program to 1,200 students. His strategy was to embrace changing consumer habits and adapt music lessons to this new reality. During “Retail Disruptors” at 2019 Summer NAMM, he shared his business model with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond.
In the past year, new online sales tax laws have become a big disruptor for retail—and not just for web-based sellers. During “Retail Disruptors” at 2019 Summer NAMM, music retail financial expert Alan Friedman of Friedman, Kannenberg & Co. sat down with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond to discuss the impact of the Wayfair decision. Watch the video of the full interview to find out what it means to your business.
On the heels of a popular Breakfast Session at January’s NAMM Show, Scott Stratten made a surprise appearance at 2019 Summer NAMM, during “Retail Disruptors.” The customer-experience and branding expert explained how turning to our own employees can oftentimes be the answer to combatting disruption.
Discover the hottest trends in the guitar, straight from the experts. In this dynamic conversation at 2019 Summer NAMM (presented by Guitar World magazine), journalist and marketer Laura B. Whitmore sat down with top builders and manufacturers to find out what big developments they see happening now, and in the near future. They discussed new gear, trending market segments, what’s happening with the guitar in today’s popular music and much more.
2019 Summer NAMM closed out with “Best in Show,” a NAMM U Breakfast Session that revealed the biggest products, innovations and services on the exhibit floor. Moderated by Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, the session featured a team of music retail gear experts who searched the show floor in pursuit of the must-see and must-stock items. They presented 24-plus picks that are sure to make noise in the fourth quarter—and beyond.
The 2019 NAMM Show began with “Breakfast of Champions,” hosted by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. The session featured a series of one-on-one interviews with industry thought leaders who explored the role of originality in driving the music products business forward. Lamond kicked off the session by commenting on how original thinkers don’t let external conditions effect their ability to create, invent and innovate.
In late 2018, James “JC” Curleigh took the reins as the head of Gibson after holding leadership positions with Levi Strauss & Co., Salomon and Keen. During “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2019 NAMM Show, Curleigh discussed the importance of originality in branding and thinking like a startup with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond.
Jun-ichi Miki has enjoyed a long and vibrant career at Roland, starting in engineering in 1977 and becoming president of the company in 2013. NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond interviewed Miki during “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2019 NAMM Show. There, he shared his insights on creating innovative products, market development and how a love of learning has driven his career.

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