St. Louis Music Hires Phil Baughman Product Manager of E.K. Blessing

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Phil BaughmanSt. Louis Music has announced the appointment of Phil Baughman to the position of Product Manager of E.K. Blessing. Baughman becomes the first overall steward of the E.K. Blessing brand since its acquirement by SLM in 2015.

“I’m thrilled to join St Louis Music,” says Baughman. “SLM has an incredibly rich catalogue of brands, and an excellent team that I’m looking forward to working with. Guiding Blessing during this period of growth is a true honor and I’m very excited for the future.”


Magagna Joins Riversong as Director of International Sales

Monday, May 16th, 2016

David MagagnaDavid Magagna, CEO of Cobble Hill International, will be joining the team at Riversong Guitars as director of international Sales, Riversong CEO Mike Miltimore has announced. Magagna has over 40 years of international sales and strategy experience plus significant relationships with music industry leaders throughout the world.

Previously, Magagna held senior management positions in international sales and marketing with leading guitar companies including C.F. Martin, Lowden, Guild, Taylor, and PRS.


St. Louis Music Appoints Dale Kroke as Senior VP, Operations

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Dale Kroke

Dale Kroke

St. Louis Music has announced the appointment of Dale Kroke to the position of senior vice president of operations.

A 26-year industry veteran, Kroke began at Kaman Music in international sales and served as GM of the company’s Canadian division, B&J Music, prior to its acquisition by JAM Industries.  Since that time he has worked as an operations and IT consultant for St. Louis Music, focusing on its implementation of new enterprise software.


Roland Canada Adds to Toronto Inside Sales Team

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Mike McAvonRoland Canada has announced the hiring of Mike McAvan in the role of Inside Sales – Toronto.

McAvan is a Toronto area pro guitarist and graduate of GIT (Musician’s Institute). He has many years of live, studio, and even television experience in various genres of music and brings decades of retail and customer service experience to Roland Canada. When he’s not at Roland Canada, he is busy playing guitar with his progressive rock/metal band Sixes & Sevens and various tributes and cover bands in the GTA.


ADJ Group Hires Juan “JC” Faxas as Audio Product Director

Monday, March 14th, 2016

JC FAXASADJ Group has announced that Juan “JC” Faxas has joined the company as audio product director. JC Faxas will develop and expand ADJ’s audio product lines to meet the needs of the company’s consumer base.

“Since the company’s beginning, ADJ Group has been a leader in developing and providing the highest quality of products for the DJ market,” says Toby Velazquez, president of ADJ Group of Companies. “With the addition of JC to our team, we will continue well into the future with the development of products that our customers are looking for by listening and responding to their needs. JC is a natural fit for ADJ as he has extensive knowledge not just with our products but the market and end-users as well.”


Fishman Hires Keith Chapman As Product Strategist

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Keith ChapmanFishman has hired musical industry veteran Keith Chapman to the newly created post of product strategist.

Formerly the senior vice president of research and development for the Fender Musical instruments Corporation, Chapman will be responsible for product strategies at Fishman including enhancing new product development methodologies, new product conceptualization, advanced technology research, and assisting with artist relations.