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Five Minutes With…Manuel RodrÍguez, CEO

Five Minutes With…Manuel RodrÍguez, CEO

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alongside the young upstarts that The Retailer featured in our March “Class of 2016” cover story, we also seek to spotlight companies whose rich, multi-decade heritage attests to the passion and dedication of a family business passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps no company in the music products industry exudes so proud a heritage […]

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Five Minutes With…Jay Wanamaker, President/CEO, Roland Corp. U.S.

Five Minutes With…Jay Wanamaker, President/CEO, Roland Corp. U.S.

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Given that “Five Minutes With” devotes considerable page space not only to our featured interviewee’s company, but also to his or her background and career progression, we look for industry executives who’ve enjoyed a long, storied history in MI. This month, in Jay Wanamaker, President and CEO of Roland Corp. U.S., we find the ideal […]

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Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka<br/>President and CEO, Audio-Technica

Five Minutes With…Phil Cajka
President and CEO, Audio-Technica

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having begun my journalism career writing for Sound & Communications, sister publication to The Music & Sound Retailer, I’ve covered Audio-Technica since 2004 and, during that time, I’ve watched the company closely. It’s a manufacturer that is, of course, known for its excellent audio products, which span several categories and numerous markets, but the company […]

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Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

Five Minutes With…Berenice Chauvet

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

More so than at any time in MI retail’s history, brick-and-mortar dealers are embracing products and technologies that are a bit “outside the box” relative to a music store’s typical inventory of electric guitars, acoustic drum sets and brass instruments. Perhaps no category of product, though, has become more appealing than lighting, what with its […]

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Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

Five Minutes With…Fred Gretsch

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year, for The Retailer’s big NAMM Show Issue, the editorial team and I try to find a “Five Minutes With” interview subject whose stature in the music products industry befits appearing as the centerpiece of our biggest, most important issue of the year. In the past, we’ve welcomed Sennheiser’s Greg Beebe and Taylor Guitars’ Kurt Listug. […]

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Five Minutes With…The Founder/CEO Of Reverb.com

Five Minutes With…The Founder/CEO Of Reverb.com

| December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now nearly 16 years into the new millennium, we must acknowledge that yesterday’s music products industry is gone and today’s MI industry has arrived. That doesn’t mean that brick-and-mortar music products retail is dead…far from it. Brick-and-mortar stores are still finding ways to survive, and to thrive, by focusing on low-cost/high-margin sales, selling services and […]

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Five Minutes With Brian Ball, President, Ernie Ball Inc.

Five Minutes With Brian Ball, President, Ernie Ball Inc.

| November 17, 2015

In keeping with the November issue’s focus on accessories, bags and cases, The Retailer sought out a particularly successful accessories manufacturer for this month’s “Five Minutes With” interview. In securing a one-on-one conversation with Brian Ball, President of Ernie Ball Inc.—maker of strings, picks, straps, guitar hardware and more—we definitely hit the mark. It’s an […]

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Five Minutes With Andy Zildjian: President & CEO, Sabian

Five Minutes With Andy Zildjian: President & CEO, Sabian

| October 20, 2015

This month being our annual Drums & Percussion issue, The Retailer scoured the industry for a company that, in addition to being a dominant player in that segment of the market, also illustrates the level of success and profitability—and commitment to best practices—that “Five Minutes With” seeks to celebrate. We found the ideal candidate in […]

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Five Minutes With Doug Lady Of Hal Leonard

Five Minutes With Doug Lady Of Hal Leonard

| September 16, 2015

There are plenty of music products companies that frequently grab headlines with big news—acquiring new brands, inking big deals, collaborating with retailers on cool events—but few of them are having as fantastic a run as Hal Leonard Corp. The Milwaukee WI-based company, whose roots are in print publishing but whose portfolio of offerings has increased […]

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Five Minutes With Mark Terry

Five Minutes With Mark Terry

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

KMC Music Headquarters Although “Five Minutes With” always seeks to host a prominent, well-respected, long-tenured veteran of the music products business, it’s quite rare that we score an interview with someone whose career is as illustrious as that of Mark Terry, CEO of JAM U.S. Music Group and President of KMC Music. The organizations with […]

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