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NAMM Names New
Board Members

NAMM held its annual summer board meeting during the show on July 13. The executive committee announced new appointments and bid farewell to its outgoing chairman.

Larry Morton, previously NAMM’s vice chairman, will move into a new role as chairman of NAMM’s board of directors. Morton, president of Hal Leonard, served on NAMM’s board from 1999–2002.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected chairman of the NAMM board and feel a special responsibility in doing all that I can to support NAMM's mission of creating music makers,” Morton said.

Chris Martin, CEO of Martin Guitars, was named to the position of secretary. Martin previously served on the NAMM board of directors from 2000–2003.

“I am proud and honored to be selected to join the NAMM executive committee,” Martin said. “As the sixth-generation owner-operator of my family business, I look forward to helping our industry grow and prosper.”

Also stepping into new positions within the executive committee are Mark Goff of WH Paige & Company, who was named vice chairman and Robin Walenta of West Music who was named treasurer.

The tenure of Kevin Cranley, who served as chairman since 2011, was distinguished by the revision and consolidation of NAMM’s long-standing vision, mission and objectives. During his two-year term, Cranley presided over the adoption of five strategic objectives, and he took particular pride in the committee’s ability to put aside individual agendas to focus constructively on the overall welfare of NAMM’s 9,000 members in carrying out the association’s strategic vision.

“All of us at NAMM are immensely grateful for the superb leadership Kevin has brought to the NAMM Board and the organization itself,” Morton said. “With his expansive knowledge of our industry, his passionate belief in the power of music to better the world and his strong personal integrity, Kevin has raised the standard for all who serve the industry.”