Top 100 Dealers - 2014

Congratulations to All of NAMM's 2014 Top 100 Dealers and the Dealer of the Year!

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 for excellence within the music products retail sector. 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.

The category winners are listed below, followed by the full list of Top 100 Dealers. 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                            
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                      
South Burlington, Vt.

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

2014 NAMM Top 100 Dealers
Alamo Music Center
Alto Music
Amro Music
Austin Bazaar Music
Bananas At Large
Beacock Music
Bertrand's Music
Bill's Music
Bluedog Guitars
Blues Angel Music
Bridgepoint Music
Brighton Music Center
Buddy Roger's Music
C.A. House Music
Capo's Music Store
Carter Vintage Guitars
Chicago Music Exchange
Contemporary Music Center
Creative Music Center
Drum Center of Portsmouth
Easy Music Center
Explorers Percussion
Farley's House Of Pianos
Five Star Guitars
GarageBand Music
George's Music
Greene Music
Gruhn Guitars
Hartland Music
Heid Music
Hell Creek Music & More
Hot Licks Guitar Shop
Instrumental Influence
Instrumental Music Center
Island Music Company
Larry's Music Center
Legend Music
Lone Star Percussion
Lunchbox Audio
Marshall Music Co.
Matt's Music
Merriam Music
Middle C Music
Midwest Music
Mike Risko Music
Mississippi Music, Inc.
Monster Music
Mozingo Music
Music Go Round
Music Inc. of Louisiana
Music Royale
Music Villa
Musical Innovations
N-Tune Music
Owensboro Music Center
Paige's Music
Pellegrino Music Center
Pender's Music Co.
Piano Gallery
Plum Grove Strings
Progressive Music
Progressive Music Center
Quinlan & Fabish Music Co.
Ray's Midbell Music
Rettig Music
Rick's Music World
Room 2 Rock
Royalton Music Center
Sam Ash Music
San Diego Music Studio
Santa Barbara Guitar Bar
Shoreline Music
Skip's Music
Sound House Music
Springfield Music
Strings and Beyond
Summerhays Music
Techniline Electronics
Ted Brown Music
Tegeler Music
The Candyman Strings & Things
The Guitar Dude
The Music Room
TJ's Music
Tobias Music
Upbeat Music
Vintage King Audio
Ward-Brodt Music Co.
Wentworth Music
West Music
White House of Music
Whitesel Music
Willis Music