Ron Japinga is the CEO of Guitar Center, Inc. Guitar Center began in 1959 in Hollywood, California. Today, the retail store has locations throughout the nation and provides its customers with an inventory of products from its full line. Becoming a NAMM member in 1979, the company supports the industry through its facilitation of The Guitar Center Music Foundation, on which Ron serves on the board of directors and other outreach programs. Ron has his bachelor’s degree in Transportation from Western Michigan University.