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  • SLM’s Jim Eaton Retires

    hoff | People | August 27, 2014

    It is with mixed emotions that St Louis Music announces that Jim Eaton, the Vice President of Knilling and Orchestral Sales for over 6 years, has decided to retire effective Oct 1, 2014. He will remain with St Louis Music in an advisory role after his retirement. Jim is a product of public school music education, coming up through the great instrumental music program of the Normandy School District in St. Louis County. He began his career as a professional cellist in the Tulsa Philharmonic while attending the University of Tulsa.  He returned to his hometown and continued his career as an orchestral educator, maintained a large studio of private cello students and was regularly heard as a performing cellist. 

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  • LaBonté and Ahmed Join D’Addario Senior Leadership Team

    Christian Wissmuller | People | August 27, 2014

    D’Addario has announced that Richard LaBonté has accepted the position of chief commercial officer, and Shabbir Ahmed has joined the company as chief financial & administrative officer.  Both are newly-created positions. 

    As CCO, Richard LaBonté will be responsible for the commercial strategy and development of the organization, relating to marketing, sales, product development, artist relations and customer service to drive business growth and market share. LaBonté will report directly to Jim D’Addario, CEO.

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  • Fender Welcomes Beats’ Wood to Board of Directors

    Christian Wissmuller | People | August 27, 2014

    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced that Beats Electronics (Beats) president, Luke Wood, has joined Fender’s Board of Directors. Under Wood’s leadership, Beats, which is owned by Apple, has grown into a global household name and one of the most successful and recognizable consumer electronics companies in the world. Wood was also instrumental in facilitating the company’s recent acquisition by Apple Inc. Today he lends his more than 20 years of experience to Fender’s board. Wood will join Fender’s most recent additions to the company’s Board of Directors, U2’s Bono and The Edge, who were both appointed in May of this year.

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  • KHS America Welcomes Bartoshesky as Education Relations Coordinator

    Christian Wissmuller | People | August 22, 2014

    Jessica Bartoshesky recently joined KHS America to fill the newly created role of educator relations coordinator.  She will be working with the Marketing Department to help guide and spearhead marketing initiatives for music educators.  By understanding music education trends, music education forums and programs, Jessica will focus on creating and strengthening partnerships with the music education community. In addition, Jessica will help to deliver the KHS America objective of being a true “advocate for music for all”.

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  • Wanamaker Named Amati USA President & COO

    Christian Wissmuller | People | August 21, 2014

    Amati USA has announced that industry veteran Jay Wanamaker has been named president & COO. Wanamaker will oversee all Amati U.S. operations, including Amati Woodwind & Brass Instruments and V.F. Cerveny Brass Instruments, as well as overseeing the Strunal String Instrument brand. “Jay’s vast experience in running world-class MI wholesale and retail companies, as well as his history as a highly revered music educator, makes him the perfect person to lead our U.S. operations,” comments Vaclav Hnilicka, Amati CEO.

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  • Micah Eberman Named VP of Brand Engagement at Zoom North America

    hoff | People | August 12, 2014

    Zoom North America has named Micah Eberman as its new Vice President of Brand Engagement. Eberman, previously an agency strategist and creative director for the company, will lead Zoom’s marketing efforts. Eberman has over 16 years of experience at agencies such as R/GA and Zoom’s lead agency, GS Design. He has developed multi-channel campaigns for brands such as Verizon/Verizon Wireless, Sony Playstation, MillerCoors, and Harley-Davidson.

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  • Orange Amplification Promotes Gunter to Sales Director

    Christian Wissmuller | People | July 18, 2014

    Orange Amplification has promoted Antony Gunter to sales director with immediate effect.  This new role includes global sales responsibilities and day-to-day management of UK and USA sales teams.

    Antony joined Orange Amplification in June 2004 as UK sales manager. In the last ten years he has seen his role change and expand from European sales manager to International sales manager and now sales director. During this period he has played a significant part in the massive growth in international sales that has earned Orange Amplification three Queens Awards for Enterprise: International Trade in six years.

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  • Shure Welcomes Valley and Desalernos to Sales Team

    Christian Wissmuller | People | July 18, 2014

    Shure Incorporated has hired two new associates to the sales team of the Company’s Americas Business Unit. Tim Valley has been named regional sales manager for the Pro Systems Group for the Western U.S. and Christos Desalernos has been named senior regional sales manager for the Retail Group for the Western U.S.

    Tim Valley joins Shure from Anew CT, where he served as Executive Vice President for the last eight years and as a Sales Director for two years before that. He has also worked as an Account Executive at Boxlight Corporation and an Audio Engineer at Fastrax. Tim has a degree from the Art Institute of Seattle and is a member of InfoComm and NSCA. As a Regional Sales Manager for the Pro Systems Group, he will manage the installed AV, conferencing, and broadcast customers in the Western U.S.

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  • Korg’s Bright Retires After Thirty Years

    Christian Wissmuller | People | July 18, 2014

    Korg USA Inc. congratulates Charlie Bright on his retirement from its Research and Development Division after thirty years of service. For the past twenty years, Bright has served as vice president and general manager of the Korg USA Research and Development Division at its facility in Milpitas, California, where he contributed to some of Korg’s most well-known products such as the M1, T-Series, and the Wavestation.

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  • Four Senior Executive Promotions at Shure

    Christian Wissmuller | People | July 13, 2014

    Shure Incorporated has announced the promotions of four senior executives: Ray Crawford, Mark Humrichouser, Meg Madison, and Tom Kundmann.

    “As our Company has grown, we needed to ensure the strength of our senior leadership team,” said Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of Shure Incorporated. “These promotions are well earned. The decades of experience these four individuals possess will help guide our organization and position us for continued long-term success.”

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  • GC Welcomes New Executives

    Christian Wissmuller | People | July 13, 2014

    Guitar Center has announced the arrival of two new executives to the company leadership team. Ron Japinga will join the executive leadership team as the new executive vice president of Inventory Management and Supply Chain. Japinga joins the Guitar Center organization after an eight-year career at West Marine, where he was executive vice president of Merchandising, Planning and Logistics. Prior to that, Ron was a VP-level executive with Kohl’s Department Stores. Joining Ron as part of the team is Susan Starnes, the new vice president of Services. Starnes joins Guitar Center after a 10-year career history with Lowe’s, where she was responsible for Repair Services, Sales and Development. Prior to her work with Lowe’s, Susan was a top consultant with Bain Capital in Boston.

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  • Fishman Expands Sales Force

    Christian Wissmuller | People | July 7, 2014

    Because of growth spurred by products such as the new Fluence™ pickups and TriplePlay® Wireless Guitar Controller, Fishman has added John Polino and Gary Lopez to its sales force.

    A guitarist and vocalist, Polino is a 23-year veteran of the Boston music scene and comes to Fishman from First Act Inc., where he spent the last six years as a warehouse manager, sales sample coordinator, consumer relations manager and product manager.

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