At The 2017 NAMM Show, Kevin Cranley of Willis Music hosted a who’s who panel of music retailers, who weighed in on the biggest issues affecting business today. Panelists included Sammy Ash of Sam Ash Music, Cindy Cook of The Candyman Strings & Things, Pat Averwater of Amro Music, Whitney Brown Grisaffi of Ted Brown Music and George Quinlan Jr. of Quinlan & Fabish.
2017 Summer NAMM closed out with "Best in Show," a roundup of the biggest products, technologies and services at the show. Hosted by Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, this fast-moving NAMM U Breakfast Session featured a panel of music retail experts. They shopped the far corners of the show floor to share the biggest products, technologies and services at Summer NAMM. This is the gear that’s sure to make a big impact in the fourth quarter—and the new year.
The 2017 NAMM Show began with “Breakfast of Champions,” a deep dive into the minds of five industry innovators. This NAMM U Breakfast Session, hosted by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, featured up-close interviews with these leaders, who are charting the future of the music products business. To kick off the session, Lamond commented on the importance of innovation at every NAMM member business.
During “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2017 NAMM Show, Louis Hernandez, CEO and chairman of Avid Technology, revealed how his company has continued to innovate in a disruptive marketplace. He weighed in on pivotal decisions he’s made since taking the helm at Avid in an up-close interview with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond.
Quinn the Eskimo Vintage Horns represents a new breed of music retailer: one without a storefront and, for much of the company’s history, a website. The seller of used, vintage and new horns began as an eBay retailer and has since evolved into a multichannel online store. Company founder Matt Stoecker spoke with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond about online retail innovation during “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2017 NAMM Show.
Cosmo Music embodies several forms of retail innovation: the in-store customer experience, retail events and e-commerce. Mark Hebert, the company's second-generation leader, discussed his omnichannel model with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond during “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2017 NAMM Show.
Larry Fishman, founder and president of Fishman, stopped by “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2017 NAMM Show. There, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond interviewed Fishman—the mind behind multiple groundbreaking products—to hear his insights on innovation.
Robbie Robertson, the legendary songwriter, guitarist and member of The Band, made a surprise appearance at “Breakfast of Champions” during The 2017 NAMM Show. NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond spoke with Robertson about his career highlights, the importance of trusting your gut and the role instruments have played in inspiring him as a songwriter.
Presented By Donovan Bankhead
The NAMM Show and Summer NAMM are always fun times to see new products, meet new people and catch up with old friends. But as retailers, we need to make sure we’re getting the most out of each show. With that in mind, Donovan Bankhead of Springfield Music offers his top 10 tips on getting the most out of NAMM Shows.
What will be the biggest products, must-see innovations and technology breakthroughs in the new year? What do you need to check out before you leave Anaheim? Discover this and more at “Best in Show,” the legendary NAMM U Breakfast Session that closes out Sunday. Host Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music Inc.