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Generation Next: Meet One of Our Future Innovators
PAULINE FRANCE WAS ONE OF 34 COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE U.S. TO RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT’S INNOVATION AWARD, ENABLING HER TO ATTEND THE 2011 NAMM SHOW AND SEE THE INNER WORKINGS OF OUR INDUSTRY.
Looks like congratulations are in order. Having graduated from San Diego State University in May with a degree in public relations, Pauline France packed her bags and headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., to begin a three-month internship at Fender Guitars. The folks there were so impressed with the President’s Innovation Award recipient, they offered her a full-time position as their communications coordinator. It’s no surprise. Pauline has more than nine of and music experience under her belt. She writes for a number of blogs and belongs to numerous music and PR-related organizations. She’s also a classically trained Latin guitarist. On her blog at www.paulinefrance.com, Pauline praised the President’s Innovation Awards and the careers it’s helping to create––including her own. “Thank you, NAMM, for investing in a serious student who will make a positive difference in the music products industry.”she wrote. We wish you continued success, Pauline!
Gard Scholarship Spotlight
MEET LOTHAR STICH JR., A FUTURE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL WHO GREW UP GOING TO NAMM SHOWS AND NOW WORKS IN ARTIST RELATIONS AT HIS FATHER’S COMPANY.
Each year, NAMM selects a student, interested in contributing his or her talents to the music products industry, to receive the Gard Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of former NAMM Executive Vice President William R. Gard. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited four-year university and work 400 hours annually for a NAMM Member company. The $2,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three academic years. Lothar Stich Jr. is one such recipient, having recently renewed his scholarship to help pay for his junior year at California Lutheran University, where he’s majoring in business and marketing. This fall, he is taking a German- intensive course in Austria, as well as international business classes. For the past year, Lothar has gained work experience at his father’s company, The Alternative Guitar and Amplifier Company, where he’s worked closely with their artists. Says Lothar, “With the help of the William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship, I hope to have a long and successful career in the musical products industry.” We wish you all the best, Lothar.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PLAYback - Fall 2011
PLAYback - Fall 2011
From the President
Music in the News
Cover Story: The Top 100 Dealer Awards, A New Summer NAMM Tradition
New Domestic Members
NAMM at a Glance
PLAYback - Fall 2011