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West Music's Robin Walenta New NAMM Chairperson

...of West Music Co., a family-owned, seven-store, full-line retailer based in Coralville, Iowa founded in 1914 by Pearl West. She joined West Music in 1982 and was named president and CEO of the company in 2007. In addition to the NAMM Board of Directors, Walenta is currently a board member of the National Association of School Music Dealers; a treasurer for the Iowa Alliance for Art Education; and a member of the SupportMusic Coalition. She is the first female chair in the history of the organization.

“I am truly honored to represent our membership as Chair and to serve our industry,” said Walenta. “As both a commercial and retail member, I look forward to sharing my perspective to address the challenges that we face today and to prepare our industry for the opportunities of the future.”

As part of her first official duties, Walenta welcomed Tom Sumner to the Executive Committee as secretary. Sumner is a past member of the Board of Directors and currently senior vice president of Yamaha Corporation of America.

Outgoing Chair Mark Goff was honored during the meeting and applauded for his eight years of service on the Executive Committee.

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