The “Dorothy” Award was named for Dorothy Hutchinson, former executive secretary/treasurer and charter member of RPMDA. During her too-brief life, she epitomized the finest that our industry has to offer, and had in abundance the attributes that print music dealers and publishers all aspire to. Dorothy served her community and music education, she was an active participant in promoting good dealer/publisher relations, and was an ethical businessperson who generously shared information with her fellow dealers. Her examples of hard work and high standards make the “Dorothy” Award RPMDA’s highest honor.
2015 Dorothy Award Honoree
Bob Kohl, Long & McQuade Limited, Canada
Bob Kohl was hired by Music & Arts in Maryland just before turning sixteen years old and has been in the industry ever since that time. The store was located in the local mall and he began working within the sheet music department, an area of the industry he would soon fall in love with and remain. Bob was later was hired by Columba Music Publishing to work in their Miami office to transfer over the Belwin inventory, following the acquisition of Belwin Music Publishing by Columbia Music. Bob moved to Ward Music in Canada and remained with the four store company until it was purchased by Long & McQuade in 2000.
RPMDA/Sandy Feldstein Service Award
2013 RPMDA/Sandy Feldstein Service Award Honoree
The RPMDA Service Award was established to recognize the unselfish efforts of an individual or individuals who actively devote time and energy to the organization voluntarily ‐‐ and who in no way expect payment or recognition for their efforts. In 2008 the award was renamed in memory of Sandy Feldstein, one of the finest advocates for music, music‐making, and music education that the print music industry has ever known. The award is now known as the Sandy Feldstein Service Award.
The criteria for this award include the following:
- The recipient must be a non‐board member
- They must be a member who continually serves the RPMDA membership
- They must have served the organization for at least three years
- The recipient(s) is chosen by the board
2015 RPMDA/Sandy Feldstein Service Award Honoree
Tracy Leenman is the owner of Musical Innovations in Greenville, SC, a school band and orchestra dealer that was recently named NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer of the Year for 2015, as well as Top 100 Best Customer Service. She holds a B.M. and an M.M. in Music Education from Syracuse University and did additional coursework towards a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. She has taught for over 40 years in public and private schools, elementary through college. She is active in NAMM, NASMD, RPMDA, NAfME, SCMEA, SCBDA and NCMEA, and is a frequent presenter and clinician at their various conventions at the state and national level. Currently, she is adjunct instructor of music business at Newberry College (SC) and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Greenville Small Business Development Council.
RPMDA/Don Eubanks Publisher Representative Award
The Don Eubanks Award was established to honor an Associate Member Sales Representative for excellence and outstanding service to RPMDA Dealer members, as well as to commemorate founding member & Dorothy Award winner Don Eubanks, one of the most loyal and staunchest supporters of our organization. Throughout his music industry tenure, Don cultivated lasting friendships with many Publishers’ Sales Representatives, knowing that their relationship with each other would be one of the most important assets he could have, both personally and in business. Candidates are nominated by the membership and the honoree is selected by a committee of three Retail Members.
The Award Committee considers the following criteria in selecting the award winner:
- Provides excellent customer service on a consistent basis
- Demonstrates knowledge of his/her customers’ accounts, and understands and appreciates the philosophy and mission of the stores he/she serves
- Offers marketing resources and creative retailing solutions to his/her customers
- Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the catalog he/she represents
- Demonstrates unique, outstanding and/or highly successful methods of salesmanship
- Demonstrates a strong commitment to RPMDA, his/her employer and retail customers
2015 RPMDA/Don Eubanks Publisher Representative Award
Chaim is originally from Montreal, Canada, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of North Texas, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Music and Video Business Communications from the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. He has lived in the South Florida area since 1989, where he is a professional trumpet player and arranger / composer, and occasionally tours with various groups. He began working in the music publishing industry in 2000 at FJH Music, moved on to Warner Bros., and then to SheetMusicNow, a division of Online Sheet Music, where he’s been since 2005.