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Five Minutes With: Kurt Listug

Five Minutes With: Kurt Listug

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

For The Retailer’s January NAMM show issue, more so even than our other editions, we try to find a true industry luminary for our monthly “Five Minutes With” feature. It’s safe to say we succeeded this year by landing an interview with Kurt Listug, CEO and Co-Founder of Taylor Guitars, who’s spent a career helping […]

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Tom Sumner: Senior VP, Yamaha Corp. of America

Tom Sumner: Senior VP, Yamaha Corp. of America

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s simply no other way to say it: Yamaha is one of the precious few truly iconic names in the areas of electronics and technology. From its robust presence in home AV solutions straight through to its recognized leadership in the music products space, it’s a company whose innovation and breadth of products are beyond […]

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Jason Hou CEO, VocoPro

Jason Hou CEO, VocoPro

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month, The Retailer presents a conversation with Jason Hou, CEO of VocoPro, whose history in the industry stretches back well over two decades. In this intimate yet expansive conversation, Hou delves into his own background relative to the music and audio industries, as well as the creation and ascendance of VocoPro, which was founded […]

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Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, Korg USA Andy Rossi

Senior VP, Sales and Marketing, Korg USA Andy Rossi

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month, The Retailer is proud to bring you an in-depth, deeply thoughtful interview with one of the music products industry’s most widely respected veterans…someone whose career in the MI industry goes back more than 25 years and whose personal connection to music can be traced to early childhood. Andy Rossi, who this year was […]

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Vice President, QSC Professional: Ray Van Straten

Vice President, QSC Professional: Ray Van Straten

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

With our monthly “Five Minutes With” feature, The Retailer tries to find an individual with a long, storied career in the MI and technology space, from a company that’s an established leader in its field, whose organization either has reworked or is currently revising its strategic positioning to further reinforce its leading position. With Ray […]

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Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

Rusty Shaffer | CEO & Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar)

| August 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

This month’s “Five Minutes With” holds perhaps even greater interest than usual because our interview subject, Rusty Shaffer, CEO and Founder, Optek Music Systems, Inc. (Fretlight Guitar), tackles head-on some of the most vexing issues currently facing the music products industry. From the sometimes-troubled relationship between large manufacturers and scrappy mom-and-pop stores to the “ego” […]

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Two Old Hippies’ Founder, Tom Bedell

Two Old Hippies’ Founder, Tom Bedell

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For The Music & Sound Retailer’s Summer NAMM issue—our second-biggest issue of the year—I knew we had to host someone special for “Five Minutes With.” It seemed natural, then, to approach Tom Bedell, Founder of Two Old Hippies, LLC, who helms respected brands such as Bedell Guitars, Breedlove Stringed Instruments and Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments. […]

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Antonio Ferranti: VP of Sales, Alfred Music

Antonio Ferranti: VP of Sales, Alfred Music

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the wake of an economy that’s been turbulent since 2008, music products retailers like you have begun to emphasize products like picks, strings, sticks, bags and, of particular relevance here, books and media. And that’s where Alfred Music comes in. Boasting a nearly 100-year history, the company has entered a phase of incredible innovation, […]

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Saul Friedgood: President, Eastman Music Company

Saul Friedgood: President, Eastman Music Company

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the music products industry, there are some companies whose history of making musical instruments goes back not only decades but, in fact, a century or more. And, in many cases, such iconic brands are leaders in their market segment. However, make no mistake: some of the most innovative companies—with some of the coolest, best-sounding, […]

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Pat Bovenizer

Pat Bovenizer

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vice President, Peterson Electro-Musical Products It’s a refreshing change of pace to speak to Pat Bovenizer, Vice President of Peterson Electro-Musical Products, whose affiliation with Peterson began more than 40 years ago and has brought him great success. We present an in-depth interview.

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