2014 NAMM Top 100 Dealer Award Winners Celebrated

The Candyman Strings & Things of Santa Fe, N.M., is the 2014 ‘Dealer of the Year,’ awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) at the fourth annual Top 100 Dealer Awards. At the July 18 awards event held during the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, eight additional awards were presented to retailers. The ‘Dealer of the Year’ and other category winners are chosen from among NAMM’s Top 100 Dealers, named earlier this year.

Distinguished among hundreds of retailers in the musical instrument and products industry around the world, the industry recognized The Candyman Strings & Things for innovative, effective practices, and for setting an outstanding example for its peers. The award was presented to owners Rand and Cindy Cook at a ceremony attended by music product industry leaders. The Candyman Strings & Things also earned the Music Makes a Difference award for promoting music in their community.

“We’re just so very lucky to be in the business we are in,” said Rand Cook. “Every six months we head to a NAMM Show and get lifted up by our peers. There’s just nothing like our industry, and we have a great time doing it.”

Top 100 retailers are judged using a numeric rating by a panel of impartial expert judges selected by, but not otherwise affiliated with NAMM. In addition to 'Dealer of the Year,' honors were given for Best Exterior Presentation, Best Merchandising Display, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Presentation, SupportMusic Advocacy Award, “Music Makes a Difference" Award, Best Special Event and Best Emerging Dealer. 

"We look to the Dealer of the Year and Top 100 Award winners as a source of inspiration for our industry,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "These are the NAMM Members devoted to enriching their communities with music. Their communities benefit, their customers benefit, and we as an industry benefit because they help elevate our standards. We offer these winner retailers our respect and gratitude."

Below are the categories, winners and locations—click the category name to view the winner's photo from the event.

Best Exterior Presentation
Walter and Christie Carter
Carter Vintage Guitars                 
Nashville, Tenn.

Best Merchandising Display                  
Gayle Beacock
Beacock Music                            
Vancouver, Wash.

Best Marketing and Sales Promotion  
Ben Werlin
MusicStoreLive.com                            
South Burlington, Vt.

Best Online Presentation                     
Sammy Ash
Sam Ash Music Stores                    
Locations Nationwide

SupportMusic Advocacy Award
Whitney Brown Grisaffi
Ted Brown Music                           
Five Locations

“Music Makes a Difference" Award   
Rand and Cindy Cook
The Candyman Strings & Things   
Santa Fe, N.M.

Best Special Event                               
Myrna Sislen
Middle C Music                                 
Washington, D.C.

Best Emerging Dealer                          
Ben Werlin
MusicStoreLive.com                      
South Burlington, Vt.

Dealer of the Year                                
Rand and Cindy Cook
The Candyman Strings & Things  
Santa Fe, N.M.