PLAYback - Fall 2011 - (Page 4)
A Note from Joe
The Inaugural Top 100 Dealer Awards— and Why We’re Looking Forward to the NAMM Show
The introduction of NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards was a lot of fun and really added an extra element of success to Summer NAMM. Once again, I’d like to extend our sincerest congratulations to the inaugural class of Top 100 Dealers. No two stores were alike, and the broad diversity in how these Members serve their customers is a great reminder of the creativity and innovation very much alive in our industry today. The credit for coming up with the Top 100 Dealer Awards goes to our director of trade shows, Kevin Johnstone, and to the great NAMM staff who put all the pieces together. The result was an event honoring what the judges saw as outstanding performances by these Top 100 NAMM Member Retailers––especially during some of the toughest economic times in memory. In this issue of PLAYback, we share the stories of some of our “Best of” winners. One could do worse than to study these dealers carefully and see what you can take away for your own business. That same spirit of optimism demonstrated by the Top 100 Dealers is also the reason we’re excited about the upcoming NAMM Show. Despite the ever-changing economic headlines, music making is here to stay and our industry will continue to provide the tools and inspiration to musicians around the world. In January, the best and brightest of the global industry will converge in Anaheim to see the latest product innovations, network with friends and peers, get inspired at NAMM University sessions and enjoy the kind of camaraderie and great live music that happens only at a NAMM Show. As always, the time leading up to the show is a busy one for our Members, filled with holiday sales and preparing new strategies and marketing plans for 2012. Here at NAMM, we’ll be promoting music as the perfect gift for the holidays, working on the many legislative issues facing the industry and, of course, setting the stage for the global music industry to gather in Anaheim. It was 30 years ago that I first went to a NAMM Show. For some Members, this will be their 40th or 50th trip there. But regardless of how many years you’ve been making NAMM a part of your annual plans, one thing will never change: This will likely be the single most important (and fun!) business trip you’ll make all year.
Regardless of how many years you’ve been making NAMM a part of your annual plans, one thing will never change: This will likely be the single most important (and fun!) business trip you’ll make all year.
Joe Lamond President and CEO, NAMM email@example.com
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