President’s Innovation Award Winners To Attend 2014 NAMM Show

NAMM Foundation Award Recipients Attend Educational Sessions and Learn From Industry Leaders at Annual Music Trade Show

November 13, 2013

The NAMM Foundation will help send 56 recipients of the NAMM President’s Innovation Award to the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim. The graduate and undergraduate students, all of whom are pursuing careers in the music industry, will receive cash awards to attend the annual trade show Jan. 23-26, where they will explore careers from industry leaders. Awardees will participate in professional development offerings and have access to more than 1,400 exhibits at this global music products trade show

The award recipients will also have the chance to meet with NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond.  “These students are the up-and-comers in our industry,” Lamond said. “In the not-so-distant future, they will be the ones making a difference in the future of the music products business. I’m gratified that The NAMM Foundation can help expose them to the best of our industry at the NAMM Show.”

The NAMM President’s Innovation Award offers cash grants to exemplary students who have expressed commitment and aptitude for business leadership and innovation in the music products industry. Award recipients also participate in the NAMM Generation Next program. The program offers educational sessions and other opportunities with leading music product and pro-light and sound brands during the trade show.

2014 President’s Innovation Award Recipients

Danielle Argentina            
Sayville, NY

Steven Gizzi         
Richmond, VA

Michael Mullens                 Wilmington, MA

Malia Artsitas
Carmichael, CA

Matt Hannas       
Pebble Beach, CA

Candice Murray                 
Brookville, IN

Christopher Bradley          
Chicago, IL

Paul Hannum        
Muncie, IN

Katelyn Opperman         
South Lyon, MI

Julia Brotman      
Kamuela, HI

Eric Hansen          
Bolingbrook, IL

Paul Pearl              
Glens Falls, NY

Amelia, Brown   
Valley City, ND

Jonathan Harbaugh          
Russiaville, IN

Michael Pitocchi                 
Locust Valley, NY

Patrick Burke       
Valparaiso, OH

William Heschl   
Westchester, IL

Matthew Powell               
Kearney, NE

Cortney Bury       
Bozeman, MT

Morgan Hurson   
Valparaiso, IN

Nathan Reynolds              
Boston, MA

Justin Cara-Donna             
Boston, MA

Dillon Johnson     
North Platte, NE

Jaimie Riechman                 
Anderson, IN

Benjamin Clifton
Valley City, ND

Molly Jones         
East Aurora, NY

Corbin Rudnick   
Terre Haute, IN

Julian Coleman  
Philadelphia, PA

Adam LaGesse  
Kankakee, IL

Kevin Rummelt   
Dorr, MI

Ryan, Corlew     
Anderson, IN

Stefan Lazarevic               Paterson, NJ

Daniel Solano      
Akron, IN

Logan Crockett
Dayton, OH

Charles  Lederer
Brentwood, NY

Luke Stafford       
Anderson, IN

Emily Eagan         
Hadley, MA

Matthew Lewin
Boston, MA

Mackenzie Tank                 
Woodstock, GA

Julissa Fernandez               Old Tappan, NJ

Jonecia Lewis    
Philadelphia, PA

Kailey Turner        
Terre Haute, IN

Evan Ferrell          
Greenfield, IN

Jaclyn Lieto         
Baldwin, NY

Jason Wangsadinata       
Middletown, CT

Bridgette Funaro               Smithtown, NY

Thomas  McCormick       Star Lake, NY

Aaron Wells         
Anderson, IN

Michael Gentile                 Potsdam, NY

Nick McIntyre   
Burbank, IL

Heidi Wobrock  
Onsted, MI

Nathan  Giebink
Waupun, WI

Keegan McKenzie           Aurora, CO

Derek Yukna        
Potsdam, NY

Bethany Gilbert
Mechanicsville, VA

Lea McNamara 
Point Pleasant, NJ




About the NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and it's nearly 9000 members around the world, with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit

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.