From left, Ryan West, Jon Harris and Robin Walenta.

West Music Awards Top Vendors

West Music honored several award recipients at its annual celebration held March 1 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The 2019 Vendor of the Year Award was presented to Harris-Teller and accepted by Jon Harris, president of Harris-Teller. This award
is given to the vendor or supplier who aligns themselves as a partner and resource for West Music to fulfill the mission of "play now and play for life," according to a company statement.

"This award-winning vendor is always open to new partnership ideas and collaborates with us on getting the absolute best for our customers," said Robin Walenta, president of West Music. "Every interaction with this company proves that they are not just a supplier
of goods but that they are a company who partners with us to ensure that we are able to provide a high level of customer service."

The 2019 Vendor Representative of the Year Award was presented to Tracy Dean with Thunder Marketing. This award recognizes an individual who works with the West Music team to provide them with the training, tools and resources that allow them to exceed
customers' needs.

Ryan West, executive vice president of West Music, said, "Tracy takes the 'If you're open, we're open' idea personally and recognizes that honesty and integrity are the keys to success for any music or
product trend."

The 2019 Business Partner of the Year Award was presented to Lynn Tuttle, director of public policy, research and professional development for the National Association for Music Education. This award is presented to an organization that works as a partner and resource
for West Music.

"Through her partnership with [NAMM] and many of the state music education associations, tonight's winner has been a dedicated resource as we work to understand and leverage funding for school music education," Walenta said. "She has been very active in the state of Iowa, partnering with the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, assisting in the planning of music and arts in-state accountability reporting systems, and identifying music and arts as potential uses for federal Title IV-A funds."