Jam Industries Ltd. has announced the death of Eddy Shenker, Co-Chairman and partner in the company since 1974. He died on June 11 after a short battle with cancer. After graduating from Concordia University with a commerce degree, he went on to McGill while articling with Ernst & Young to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA). After four years with E&Y, he went into industry in 1967 to become Vice President, Administration and Finance of a large manufacturing company with more than 500 employees. He joined Jam Industries at the beginning of 1974 as Vice President and partner. A major figure in the music industry, he was respected, admired and loved by those who knew him. He was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement award by the MIAC Association for his many years of positive influence on the Canadian music industry.
He contributed greatly in building Jam Industries Ltd., founded in 1972, into a unique distribution network made up of 13 Canadian and U.S. divisions, serving market segments ranging from musical instruments and professional audio/lighting to consumer electronics, with more than 500 employees and sales exceeding $225 million. Throughout 38 years of company growth, he strived to maintain a personal relationship with Jam’s suppliers and many of Jam’s dealers.
Shenker is survived by his wife, Fran; two children, Brian and Robert; and five loving grandchildren.