Jam Industries has grown tremendously during the past decade, acquiring and forming partnerships with such major distributors as KMC Music, Davitt & Hanser, U.S. Music Corp. and American Music & Sound. During “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2018 NAMM Show, Jam President and CEO Marty Szpiro discussed lessons learned during this growth period with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond.
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Alliance of Independent Music Merchants (AIMM). At “Breakfast of Champions” during The 2018 NAMM Show, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond sat down with AIMM founders Skip Maggiora, George Hines and Bob Bankston to discuss this landmark anniversary for the industry marketing and sharing group—and to find out its secret to longevity.
The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) curated an education program at The 2018 NAMM Show focused on training for event technology professionals. During “Breakfast of Champions,” the opening NAMM U Breakfast Session, ESTA Executive Director Lori Rubinstein weighed in on this program and more with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond.
Bob Weir, singer, songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of the Grateful Dead, stopped by “Breakfast of Champions” at The 2018 NAMM Show. There, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond spoke with him about the role of risk-taking in the Grateful Dead, early viral marketing and his creative process.
With more than 7,000 brands at The NAMM Show, it’s easy to miss out on your next best-seller. "Best in Show" kicked off the last morning of NAMM to highlight the not-to-miss products, services and technologies. In this NAMM U Breakfast Session, Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, moderated a panel of six music retail experts, who shopped the far corners of the exhibit floor to bring you their favorites.
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.
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.

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