NASMD: National Associationaiton of School Music Dealers





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2021-2022 NASMD Board of Directors

CJ Averwater

CJ Averwater is President of Amro Music Stores in Memphis, Tennessee. He represents the fourth generation at Amro, a company founded in 1921 by his great-grandfather, Mil. CJ began working at Amro during school breaks in 1992 and has since worked in every facet of the business, including credit and collections, accounting, repair, sales and management. He received a bachelor of arts in business and economics from Hendrix College and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi. He has served as president of the NAMM Young Professionals group, and on the NAMM Presidents Council. CJ is a guitar and trumpet player. He and his wife, Heather, have two children.

Gayle Beacock

Gayle Beacock co-owns Beacock Music company with her brother Russ Beacock. Beacock Music has been in business since 1976, and Gayle and Russ have two stores in the Pacific Northwest. Gayle has served on the NAMM board, the AIMM advisory board, and is a past President of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association. She is a flutist, participates in community theatre, and enjoys the heck out of her two awesome nieces!

Cris Behrens

Cris Behrens is the GM for Summerhays Music Center. Cris began working with Summerhays Music Center 27 years ago at the age of 19. He earned a degree in band instrument repair from Red Wing and spent his first five years at Summerhays repairing instruments. After catching the sales bug, Cris attended Utah Valley University for business and accounting. Cris served on the Utah Wind Symphony board, three years with NAMMYP and three years with NASMD. Cris has three kids and two grand kids. He enjoys playing in the ocean and snowboarding, and he came in fifth place at the Utah hot dog eating finals.

Paul Finke

Paul Finke is Vice President of Willis Music (est. 1899), a full-line retailer with five locations in Greater Cincinnati and Lexington, KY making major strides in the school music marketplace. He joined Willis 35 years ago as an order filler, then worked the retail floor, began buying nearly everything for the company and is now in charge of selling everything his team buys. Paul also oversees the piano and school service divisions. He loves the outdoors, riding his road bike, coaching baseball, being very active in his church and playing drums with a wel- known German band that tours regionally during Oktoberfest season. Paul and Debbie have been married 30 years and are devoted to raising their five children.

Whitney Brown Grisaffi

Whitney Brown Grisaffi is President of Ted Brown Music. She and her sister, Stephanie, are third generation owners of this 85 year-old family business, with six locations based out of Tacoma, WA. Whitney earned her degree in speech communications at the University of Washington. In the music industry, she has served on the boards of NAMM and NASMD, and she is currently on the AIMM advisory board. In 2014 her company was recognized for the second time by AIMM as Dealer of the Year. Whitney enjoys singing in her church choir and watching the countless athletic events of her children. She and her husband, David, have three sons.

John Tarpley

John Tarpley is Secretary of Tarpley Music Company, a full line retailer with six locations in Texas and New Mexico. Tarpley Music was established in 1927 by his great-grandmother Clara Tarpley. John is a fourth-generation owner and has worked in the music business since he could walk. He has an accounting degree from Texas Tech University. John has previously served on the NAMM and NASMD boards. John and his wife Shelli have raised three boys, the oldest now represents the fifth generation to work in the family's business. After coaching more youth basketball games than he can count, John and Shelli now enjoy traveling, concerts, hiking and swinging the occasional golf club.

Rick Thacker

The violin has been a part of Rick Thacker's life since he started private lessons at age three. He has played in many ensembles, most notably as concertmaster for the Advanced Ensemble at the Chicago School of Violin Making. Rick has also received teacher training in the Suzuki Method and has taught for nearly two decades. Rick is a certified luthier with a degree in Violin Making & Repair from the Chicago School of Violin Making. He has built several fine instruments, including the violin he gifted to his wife, Elizabeth, on their wedding day. Rick and Elizabeth own Plum Grove Music in Hebron, Indiana, and enjoy their five children, Kenneth, Adelyn, Michael, Caleb and Aubrey, age 7 and under!

Ryan West

Ryan West is executive vice president of West Music, based in Coralville, Iowa with seven retail locations in Iowa and Illinois. Ryan is the third generation to be part of West Music, founded in 1941 by Pearl West. West Music services local Iowa communities through their stores and school music representatives, as well as through their national music education catalog, wholesale business, and international distribution companies. Ryan serves on a number of boards including Theatre Cedar Rapids, the TEAM, and Theater Mitu (theatre companies based in New York) as well as the Iowa City Area Business Partnership. He enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda and their children, Eva and River, and playing the piano, and is currently learning the ukulele.