2018 Convention Program

*Sessions and times subject to change.

Tuesday, April 24

6– 10 pm Pre-Convention Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 25

8am– 5 pm     Hal Leonard Winona Tour

Don’t miss the opportunity to peak into the wonders of modern printing, warehousing and distribution in this FREE tour of Hal Leonard’s warehouse operations. If you are planning to attend this event, plan to arrive on Tuesday, April 24. Make your hotel reservations ASAP as there are a limited number of rooms for this night.

12pm–6pm      Registration

5:30– 6 pm    Welcome Orientation for First-Time Attendees

6:00– 7:30 pm    Opening Night Cocktail Party – Sponsored by Hal Leonard

Thursday, April 26

7:15– 7:50 am    BREAKFAST

7:50– 8:00 am    Welcome & App Training – Don Langlie – Poppler’s Music & Mike Watson – Remenyi House of Music 

8:00– 8:50 am    GENERAL SESSION: Meet the Sponsors – David Jahnke – Hal Leonard

From breakfasts to beverage breaks, guest speakers to cocktail parties – our RPMDA Sponsors help make this convention the best it can be!  Our sponsors give a little bit extra to make this convention stand out from the rest so we’re giving them an opportunity to stand out as well.  At this session, you’ll hear directly from the companies that give this organization the extra goodies that help make this convention a great experience for everyone.

9:00–9:50am      GENERAL SESSION: What’s Right with Education:  Music! – Scott Lang

Join Scott as he explores the world of America’s much-maligned education system and reveals it for the success that it is!  Studies show that when compared equally to its international counterparts, America’s schools rank second to none, and have music programs to thank for it.  Scott will share stories, data and anecdotes to prove why we have so much to be proud of in our nation’s public schools.  For those in the know, hope abounds and optimism is prevalent in our public schools, and their music programs lead the charge in preparing our nation’s youth for the 21st-century.

10:00–11:00am  POWER HOUR ROUND 1

Where people and ideas truly meet!  Our Power Hours are a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with our Sponsors for short but powerful presentations.  From new products to best sellers, new concepts to new connections – Power Hour is exhibit time revitalized!  

11:10am–12pm BREAKOUTS

Breakout sessions have been grouped into 3 different tracks. The sessions within each track target those who fall in the following categories:

Track 1 – For the Print Music Specialist with 3 years of experience or less

Track 2 – For Print Music Managers or Buyers

Track 3 – For Owners & General Managers

Track 1:  Two Steps Back, One SPRINT Forward! with Elliott Wessel – Schmitt Music

If topics like “Inventory Turn”, “GMORI” and “Inventory and Space Reduction” have become the main themes of your print department, it’s time to take two steps back to start your one sprint forward.  Join print music guru Elliott Wessel as he reveals tips and tricks to help you navigate merchandising, assortment planning, and promotions.  After this session you’ll understand that what might feel like a big step backwards is just a warm-up for the sprint forward!

Track 2:  10 Things You Can do NOW to Improve Your Social Media with Cristina D’Alessandro – Cosmo Music & Alex Ordonez – Alfred Music

Every business has a story.  How do you become the social storyteller of your brand?  Learn ten things you can do starting today to help improve your social media presence while creating value for your customers.

Track 3:  Be Part of the Music:  Growing Our Way Back into America’s Public Schools with Scott Lang

What do knitting and music have in common?  What does trickle-up economics have to do with method books?  How can we change the course of our industry and the youth of our country?  Scott Lang presents an unusual look at how to subvert what we can’t control and maximize what we can as we try to get more young people to Be Part of the Music.

12:00–12:50pm     LUNCH/BUSINESS MEETING   

1:00–2:20pm      GENERAL SESSION: Copyrights with Corey Field

2:30-3:30pm       POWER HOUR ROUND 2

3:30-4:20pm       SPARK!

Where people and ideas truly meet!  Our Power Hours are a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with our Sponsors for short but powerful presentations.  From new products to best sellers, new concepts to new connections – Power Hour is exhibit time revitalized!

4:20pm     Annual RPMDA Photo!

4:40-5:30pm      BREAKOUTS

Track 1: Working With Educators:  Choral Directors with Bruce Becker – Executive Director ACDA of Minnesota

Track 2: How To Improve the Customer Experience Right Away with Tracy Leenman – Musical Innovations

Want to “WOW” your customers and exceed their expectations every time?  Tracy Leenman, NAMM’s 2015 Top 100 Dealer of the Year and winner of the Best Customer Service Award will share some ideas that will help your customers become so loyal they won’t go anywhere else!

Track 3: Welcome to Marketplace Selling:  Reverb, eBay, Amazon

6:00-9:00PM       EVENING EVENT – Groth Music & Schmitt Music Store Tours!

Friday, April 27

7:15–8:00am      BREAKFAST

8:00-8:50am       GENERAL SESSION: The 21st Century Print Department with Bob Kohl – Long & McQuade and Alan Friedman

Everyone is familiar with the phrase “the more things change the more they stay the same…” but does that really apply to the 21st Century Print Music Department?  Industry veteran Bob Kohn joins Alan Friedman for a look at print music retailing in the past, present and future.

9:00–10:00am    POWER HOUR ROUND 3

10:10-11:00pm  GENERAL SESSION: The Generation Gap  with Ryan West – West Music

By 2025, three out of every four workers globally will be millennials.  They are often called the most misunderstood generation.  However, the future of your company depends on understanding how this generation thinks and what motivates them.  Ryan West will share insights on what makes the millennials unique and what you can do to get the most from this very creative and talented section of the workforce.

11:10-12:00pm  BREAKOUTS

Track 1: Collaborating and the Cloud with Tim Cose – Hal Leonard

Collaboration is one of the biggest buzz words of decade and yet even Aristotle knew that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Are you engaging your employees and giving them the opportunity to make positive changes on your business?  Join Tim as he takes us on a journey thought the world of on-line collaboration and explores the wonderful tools available to easily initiate and create an atmosphere of collaboration.  After all, “pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” – Aristotle

Track 2:  The Importance of NAMM and MTNA with Eric Ebel – NAMM and Brian Shepard – MTNA

We know you know about NAMM and MTNA but do you really know what NAMM and MTNA are all about?  Join Eric Ebel from NAMM and Brian Shepard from MTNA as they give us a historical overview of these organizations and introduce you to all of the incredible services and programs available.

Track 3:  Myth Busters:  The Future of Print is Digital Downloads with Ron Manus – Alfred and David Jahnke – Hal Leonard

The future of print is digital downloads.  Is it true or is it a myth?  Join RPMDA’s very own Myth Busting Duo as they use all the resources available to them to somewhat scientifically test the validity of the statement.

12:00–12:50pm   LUNCH

1:00–1:50pm      GENERAL SESSION: Best Ideas with Kyle Remnant, Willis Music

The perennial favorite session of RPMDA conventions, in which members have two minutes to share their best ideas for a chance to win a cash prize and the title of Best Idea 2018. What you learn here could change the way you do business and double your investment in coming to the convention

2:00–3:00pm      POWER HOUR ROUND 4 

3:00-3:50pm       SPARK!

4:00-4:50pm       BREAKOUTS (Repeated)

Track 1:  Two Steps Back, One SPRINT Forward! with Elliott Wessel – Schmitt Music

If topics like “Inventory Turn”, “GMROI” and “Inventory and Space Reduction” have become the main themes of your print department, it’s time to take two steps back to start your one sprint forward.  Join print music guru Elliott Wessel as he reveals tips and tricks to help you navigate merchandising, assortment planning, and promotions.  After this session you’ll understand that what might feel like a big step backward is just a running start to sprint forward!

Track 2:  10 Things You Can do NOW to Improve Your Social Media with Cristina D’Alessandro – Cosmo Music & Alex Ordonez – Alfred Music

Every business has a story. How do you become the social storyteller of your brand? Learn ten things you can do starting today to help improve your social media presence while creating value for your customers.

Track 3:   Myth Busters:  The Future of Print is Digital Downloads with Ron Manus – Alfred and David Jahnke – Hal Leonard 

The future of print is digital downloads.  Is it true or is it a myth?  Join RPMDA’s very own Myth Busting Duo as they use all the resources available to them to somewhat scientifically test the validity of the statement.

5pm    Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, April 28

8–8:30am              BREAKFAST / Presentation of RPMDA Board of Directors for 2018/2019

8:30–9:20am        GENERAL SESSION: RPMDA History – Lakes Ballroom A & B with Dan Del Fiorentino – NAMM Historian

The NAMM Oral History program is unique and unlike any other collection in the world. The heart of the collection is the depth of its narrative that covers innovative creations, the evolution of musical instruments, the ever-changing world of music retail, as well as our collective quest to improve music education around the globe.  We are honored to have Dan Del Fiorentino present us with a print music history lesson captured in audio and visual.

9:30-10:30am      POWER HOUR ROUND 5

10:30-11:00am    SPARK!

11:10-12:30pm    GENERAL SESSION:  RPMDA Talks about Print Music with Ron Manus – Alfred Music, Moderator

Back by popular demand, RPMDA’s version of “TED Talks” featuring industry leaders sharing their stories and visions.

12:45 pm       Post-Convention Board Meeting

1:00 pm       OPTIONAL SATURDAY TOUR:  Paisley Park

Paisley Park is Prince’s EXTRAORDINARY private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  Tours offer an unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.

6– 7 pm       Closing Cocktail Party – Sponsored by Alfred Music

After a hectic convention, relax and unwind with your RPMDA friends at our closing reception.

7– 11 pm      Closing Banquet and Awards

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