NAMM Introduces New Executive Committee Member and Positions

hoff • Upfront • July 15, 2013

The NAMM executive committee enjoys a smooth succession welcoming a new member, honoring its outgoing chairman, and announcing new appointments during Summer NAMM. The announcements were made Saturday, July 13 during the annual summer board meeting held in Nashville.

Larry Morton, previously NAMM’s vice chairman, will move into a new role as chairman of NAMM’s board of directors. Morton, president of Hal Leonard Corporation, served on NAMM’s board from 1999 to 2002. He’s accomplished in diverse aspects of the music-industry, having worked in many aspects of the business over the last 28 years – sales, marketing, retail and manufacturing. In addition, Morton has performed, written and taught music.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected chairman of the NAMM board and feel a special responsibility in doing all that I can to support NAMM's mission of creating music makers,” Morton said.

Morton then warmly welcomed Martin to the executive committee, “Through the multi-generation legacy of Martin Guitars, Chris brings a unique perspective of running a family business, much like many of our retailer members, along with the point of view of a global instrument manufacturer and supplier. Chris also has a tremendous amount of experience as an active advocate and supporter of music through his other service activities.”

Chris Martin is the executive committee’s incoming secretary. Martin, current chairman and CEO of C.F. Martin & Co. previously served on the NAMM board of directors from 2000 to 2003. “I am proud and honored to be selected to join the NAMM executive committee,” Martin said. “As the sixth-generation owner-operator of my family business, I look forward to helping our industry grow and prosper.”

Also stepping into new positions within the executive committee are Mark Goff of WH Paige & Company, Inc., now vice chairman and now treasurer Robin Walenta, of West Music Co., Inc.

Kevin Cranley, who served as chairman since 2011 was distinguished by the revision and consolidation of NAMM’s long-standing vision, mission and objectives. During his two-year term, Cranley presided over the adoption of five strategic objectives, and takes particular pride in the committee’s ability to put aside individual agendas to focus constructively on the overall welfare of NAMM’s 9,000 members in carrying out the association’s strategic vision.

“All of us at NAMM are immensely grateful for the superb leadership Kevin has brought to the NAMM Board and the organization itself,” said Morton. “With his expansive knowledge of our industry, his passionate belief in the power of music to better the world, and his strong personal integrity, Kevin has raised the standard for all who serve the industry.”


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