(New York, NY, February 2013) — The members of the Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) elected a new Board of Directors during the GAMA annual membership meeting in January at the NAMM show.
In this historic election, eight Board members were appointed. Previously, the ByLaws of the organization stipulated that the number of Board members should be seven. A change to the ByLaws, that was adopted at the aforementioned membership meeting, allowed the group to elect as many as eleven Board members.
The Board members of the GAMA Board for 2013 are:
• David Lusterman - President (String Letter Publishing)
• Peter D’Addario – Vice President (D’Addario & Co.)
• Brad Smith – Treasurer (Hal Leonard)
• Joe Castronovo – Secretary (Korg USA)
• Skip Beltz – Director (CF Martin & Co.)
• Russ McFee - Director (GHS Strings)
• Andy Rossi - Director (Fender Musical Instruments)
• Bob Taylor - Director (Taylor Guitars)
David Lusterman, the incoming President of GAMA noted, “Savvy guitar industry members know that the best way to grow the market is through collaboration and that GAMA is leading the way in this area. Several key company leaders have recently stepped up to join GAMA’s Board of Directors, and our industry is fortunate to have them working closely with our more seasoned board members in 2013.
“This year, GAMA will focus its efforts on providing great service to its member companies, continuing its hugely successful Teaching Guitar Workshop program, and exploring many other avenues for supporting and sustaining guitar education in schools, retail stores, community programs, and everywhere that music is learned.”
The Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) is a trade association comprised of guitar and guitar-products firms. The purpose of the organization is to expand and grow the market for guitar products and to convene in the spirit of building a better industry. GAMA programs have brought guitar instruction to over 1.28 million students and influenced over $160 million in sales of guitar products.