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2018-2019 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.

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 84 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. 

Joel Hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra is vice president and co-owner of Meyer Music, Inc., a four-store, school music retailer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Meyer Music was established as The Christian Music Center in 1953 by John Scripps, who then acquired Meyer Music, giving the company a name that dates back to 1872. Meyer Music is a member of the Independent Music Merchants Group (IMMG), and actively supports the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. After five years of working as a public school teacher, Joel joined his father-in-law to work in the family business, and earned his MBA from Grand Valley State University in 2016. He and his wife, Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra, enjoy travelling and spending time on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Ricia King

Ricia King is owner of KBI Music Shoppe, LLC in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Ricia and her husband, Dan, started the band instrument repair business out of their home in 2009 and rapidly transitioned to a full service band music business. In filling a gap for band rentals, they began sourcing their own labeled instruments from China and travel annually to visit their manufacturers. Her marketing degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a previous career as a flight attendant with US Airways has been key to their business success. Ricia and Dan have two children, Chase, age 18, and Olivia, age 8.

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.

Mike Meyer

Mike Meyer of Meyer Music in Overland Park, KS, grew up under the guidance of his parents, Ted & Betty Meyer, who founded Meyer Music in 1966. He joined the company in 1991 after graduating from University of Central Missouri and opened the company's Overland Park, KS branch in 1992. He has served on the boards of the Olathe Kansas Youth Symphony and the John Phillip Sousa Honor Band, and founded the "Band of Angels" program in Kansas City to help bring free music instruments to children in need. Mike and his wife Johnna have three children, Ellie, John and Abbie.