July 09, 2021 I Appointments

Joel Menchey Named Chair of NAMM Board of Directors

From left: Joe Lamond, Joel Menchey, Barbara Wight, Chris White and Tom Sumner

The NAMM Board recently elected Joel Menchey, previously NAMM’s vice chair and CEO of Menchey Music Service, to the position of chair of the NAMM Board of Directors. The Board also elected Tom Sumner, president of Yamaha Corp. of America, to vice chair, where he will serve in an ex officio role as chair of The NAMM Foundation Board. Chris White, president of White House of Music, was named treasurer, and Barbara Wight, CFO of Taylor Guitars, was named secretary of the Executive Committee.

“It has been an honor to serve as NAMM’s vice chair for the past two years, and while many things have changed, I look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Directors to serve the organization’s mission, vision, and objectives, and to bolster the industry and continue to share the joy of music-making with the world,” Menchey said.

Menchey welcomed Wight to the Executive Committee stating, “Barbara was the obvious candidate to serve in this leadership capacity at NAMM. Her deep industry knowledge, financial acumen, and expertise will help lead the Executive Committee and the industry at large.”

“It is a great privilege to serve the industry in this official capacity,” Wight said. “At this pivotal time, I look forward to working alongside the Board of Directors and contributing on behalf of all NAMM members worldwide.”

During the board meeting, outgoing NAMM Board Chair and Executive Chairman of C.F. Martin & Co., Chris Martin, was honored and thanked for his many years of service on the Executive Committee and to the industry.

With the election, the NAMM Executive Committee represents a continued balanced composition of retail and commercial members in leadership roles to help the organization fulfill its mission. The appointments to the NAMM Board of Directors Executive Committee will be effective at the close of Summer NAMM.


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