New NAMM Board Members Elected at the 2013 NAMM Show

NAMM welcomes top retailers, sales leaders, and industry giants to three-year terms

January 29, 2013

At its Annual Meeting of Members, held January 27 during the 2013 NAMM Show, the NAMM Board of Directors bid farewell to departing members and welcomed eight new faces to a three-year term. The NAMM Board of Directors provides guidance and leadership to the National Association of Music Merchants and the music instrument and product industry.

In welcoming the new members, Chairman Kevin Cranley expressed his faith in their collective expertise and dedication, and noted the accomplishments of their predecessors. “Almost two years ago, the Board sat down and totally rewrote NAMM’s Vision, Mission and Objectives. In doing so, they brought their personal tenets and their professional experience to the table and applied it to NAMM, further defining and enriching our association for generations of Members to come,” he said. “I have complete confidence in the ability of our newest members to further elevate our Board, and by extension our organization, and to provide our Members with every opportunity for success in the coming years.”

The following NAMM Members were elected for service from 2013 to 2015:

  • Gayle Beacock, Beacock Music Company
  • John D’Addario III, D’Addario & Company
  • Jim DeStafney, Blues Angel Music
  • Jessica Freehling-Kazzie, Art’s Music Shop
  • Rob Joseph, MusicMax
  • Ben Kraft, Kraft Music
  • Ron Manus, Alfred Publishing Company
  • Andy Zildjian, Sabian

The NAMM board bids farewell with great appreciation for their service to the outgoing board members including Carol Calato, vice president of J.D. Calato Mfg. Co., Inc. in Niagara Falls, NY, Michael Canning, president of Cadon Technical Sales Co., in Cottleville, MO, Peter Hix, co-owner of Hix Brothers Music in Aurora, IL, Steve Judge, owner and president of Griggs Music, Inc. in Davenport, IA, Dana Messina, director of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA, Mark Ragin, CEO of U.S. Band & Orchestra Supplies, Inc. in Saint Louis, MO, Chuck Surack, president and founder of Sweetwater Sound, Inc. in Fort Wayne, IN, and Gordon Wilcher, founder and senior partner of Owensboro Music Center in Owensboro, KY.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.