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2019-2020 NASMD Board of Directors

CJ Averwater

CJ Averwater is the Vice President of Operations at 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.

Jeff Bertrand

Jeff Bertrand is Vice President of Finance and Marketing for Bertrand's Music in San Diego. Following in the footsteps of his father, who started Bertrand's Music in 1983, Jeff and his brothers have taken over day-to-day operations and grown the business to six locations in Southern California. After graduating from the University of San Diego, Jeff's first job was working in minor league baseball. It was there he learned many of the creative marketing ideas Bertrand's Music uses today. He moved back to San Diego in 1997, just as his father was opening store number two. Jeff started working part time while looking for work. Fast forward 20 years and he has played an important role in the growth and success Bertrand's Music has enjoyed.

Tim Dawson

Tim Dawson is Director of School Sales for Paige's Music in Indianapolis. He is a 1988 graduate of Millikin University with a degree in music education. After teaching band for three years, Tim joined the staff at Paige's, first, as a retail sales associate for six months, then, as a road rep for over ten years. A music education advocate, Tim served as a board member for the Carmel High School Band Boosters from 2009-2017. He also consults with several Indiana band parent groups and is on the board of directors of the Indianapolis Brass Choir. A father of two musician daughters, he resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife, Julie. In his spare time, Tim enjoys golf, traveling and being on the trombone sub list for the CHS Parent Pep Band.

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.

Tamara Kautzman

Tamara Kautzman is operations manager and member of the leadership team of Eckroth Music, with headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota and seven locations in four states. She has a degree in business management and joined Eckroth in 1997 after working in the medical field recruiting physicians. Tamara lives in the small North Dakota town of New Salem, home of the largest Holstein cow in the world, and outside of the office enjoys singing in church and community choirs, reading, and attending sporting events. She and her husband, David, have three children and four grandchildren.

Kim Koch

Kim Koch represents the third generation at Saied Music Company, founded by her grandfather Jimmie Saied, now under the leadership of her father, Bob Saied, and celebrating its 73rd year. Saied Music is a full-line store with six locations, headquartered in Tulsa, OK. A University of Tulsa graduate with a bachelor of music in vocal performance, Kim pursued graduate studies in opera at the Manhattan School of Music. After teaching five years in public schools, marriage and children, she returned to the family business in 2011. Kim currently serves on the board of the Starlight Band, one of the nation's few professional concert bands. She enjoys lunching with her dad and siblings, drinking coffee with her husband, Greg, and wrangling their three children, Samantha, Mackenzie and Tucker Wyatt.