Summer NAMM Recap
“The dealers and exhibitors who came to Summer NAMM were laser focused on success,” notes NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond. “The NAMM U courses were full, the Top 100 Dealer Awards event was a ‘who’s who’ in music retailing, and the vendor community came ready to help dealers plan the fall and holiday selling season.
“Next year, we’ll build on this platform and move into the new state of the art Music City Center. Scheduled to open just prior to Summer NAMM, this venue will be an outstanding place for our members to show new products, plan out the rest of the year’s purchases and learn and network with their friends and peers”
Official numbers indicate that Summer NAMM saw more overall business than last year – the number of retail buyers increased 20 percent compared to 2011. Additionally, there was a reported 9 percent increase in exhibitors from 2011 to 2012, with a total of 372 exhibiting suppliers.
Next year’s Summer Session will be held July 11 – 13. See full coverage of this year’s Nashville gathering in the September issue of MMR. In the meantime, you can watch some video interviews from Summer NAMM, below.
Part 1: Harvey Levy (Levy’s Leathers), John Musselman (American Way Marketing) and Gary Lenaire (Roland/Boss).
Part 2: Larry Goldstein (Cort Guitars) and Mike Martin (Casio America)
Part 3: Mike Matthews (Electro-Harmonix), Randall Williams (Kyser Music Products) and Mike Montefusco (Taylor Guitars)
Part 4: Brian Dougherty (Samson), Bryan Loy (Paradise Music) and Daniel Cooper (Coopercopia).
Part 5: Jeff Bertrand (Bertrand Music Enterprises) and Kathy Johnstone (Alfred Publishing).