The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) honoured South Carolina’s Musical Innovations as the 2015 ‘Dealer of the Year’ at the fifth annual NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards. The Friday evening gala held during Summer NAMM in Nashville honours excellence and innovation in music products retailing. The ‘Dealer of the Year’ and seven other category winners announced on July 10 are chosen from among NAMM’s 2015 Top 100 Dealers.
NAMM says it recognizes Musical Innovations for innovative, effective business practices and their leadership in building a more musical community. Musical Innovations owner Tracy Leenman accepted the Dealer of the Year award at a ceremony attended by hundreds of music product industry leaders. Musical Innovations also earned the 2015 Best Customer Service award.
“Like all dealers we have ups and downs and sometimes I get discouraged — but we’re growing and very thankful,” said Leenman. “All of the credit for this award goes to my staff, they are truly amazing people. We are just rockin’ and rollin’!”
Top 100 Dealer entries are judged by an independent panel of judges selected by, but not otherwise affiliated with NAMM. In addition to Dealer of the Year, awards were given for Best Store Design, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Engagement, Music Makes a Difference Award, and Best Emerging Dealer along with new categories Best Store Turnaround and Best Customer Service.
“The NAMM member businesses that we honour at the Top 100 Dealer Awards exemplify the power that music stores have to inspire music makers and create a more musical world,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “We applaud these retailers for their achievements and thank them for their dedicated service to both their communities and the industry as a whole!”
Best Store Design
Vintage King Audio
Best Marketing and Sales Promotion
Best Customer Service
Best Online Engagement
Sam Ash Music
Hicksville, NY (Headquarters)
Music Makes a Difference Award
Arthur’s Music Store
Best Emerging Dealer “Rookie of the Year”
Best Store Turnaround
ABC Music Store & Academy
Dealer of the Year
For more information, contact NAMM: 760-438-8001, FAX 760-438-7327, www.namm.org.