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2017-2018 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.

Cris Behrens

Cris Behrens is the store manager for Summerhays Music Center's Murray, UT location and marketing director for all three Summerhays locations. Cris is currently celebrating 25 years with Summerhays Music Center. He started with the company in 1992 after graduating from Red Wing Technical College with a degree in band repair. After moving from repair to the sales department, he attended Utah Valley University for business. Cris has served on the NAMMYP board and Utah Wind Symphony board. Cris has three kids and two grand kids on the way. Enjoys basketball, golf, all water sports and the occasional laugh.

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.

DeDe Heid

DeDe Heid is Executive Vice President of Heid Music, a five store, full-line retailer based in Appleton, WI, established in 1948 by her husband Todd's grandfather, Peter Heid. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. DeDe's current and prior board experience includes: The Greater Green Bay Women's Fund, The Fox Cities Building for the Arts (Secretary), Rebuilding Together Fox Cities (Past President) and the Alliance of Independent Music Merchants (AIMM) advisory board. DeDe and Todd have three children: Braelyn (11), Gianna (8) and Otto (4).

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.

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.

Mark J. Williamson

Mark J. Williamson is CEO of Williamson Music 1st, LLC, with three locations in the Dallas Forth Worth Metroplex. After celebrating its 50th anniversary, WMC merged with Making Music 1st to position itself as a top school music dealer in North Texas. Williamson Music 1st is a sustaining member of NAMM, NASMD, the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters, and the Texas choral and orchestra directors associations. He founded the "Glenn and Mary Williamson Scholarship" to provide instruments for hundreds of children and help them achieve their musical dreams. Mark is honored and proud to serve on the board of NASMD, and he's still the best last chair second violin in Texas, and maybe the world!