Dorothy Award Winner: An Interview with Lori Supinie

How did receiving the Dorothy Award from an organization like the RPMDA make you feel?

Extremely grateful and truly humbled! It was such an honor, and to be surrounded by good friends from the print music industry made it even more special.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started in this industry and where it has taken you?

Like most people in this industry, I didn’t start out life wanting to own a music store, but I found my way to Senseney Music because of a career in accounting combined with a passion for music education and a love of music! I was fortunate to work for Denny Senseney who very unselfishly exposed me to all parts of the industry. Because of this, I’ve been able to learn from the best of the best and be a part of organizations like RPMDA. I’ve also had the opportunity to present professional development sessions at RPMDA, NASMD and NAMM. I’m looking forward to “giving back” and increasing my own mentoring in the industry.

You have served this organization in a big way over the years. You were, in fact, the President not too many years ago. What are some of the most important takeaways you have received being a part of the RPMDA?

Being a part of RPMDA has made a huge difference in my business and in my life. I am humbled by the support others have given me – my most influential mentors were from the RPMDA membership. I value the partnerships between dealers and publishers/sponsors that have come from attending the convention and am proud to have been a part of moving the organization towards more collaboration between retailers and associate members. Just as we work to build relationships with our customers, having those relationships with our vendor partners is equally important in the success of our businesses.

Those of us in this business do it for many more reasons than just to earn a living. You are a mentor and inspiration to many of us Lori. Can you tell me what legacy or imprint you hope you are making, personally?

It has become really important to me that Senseney Music is a part of the community of music makers and music education here in Wichita and in south central Kansas. I work hard at being able to say “yes” at some level when an organization, school, or customer asks for our help. I enjoy serving on a couple of local arts organizations’ boards of directors as a way of serving this community, as well as still playing my instruments. I hope the imprint I’m making is one of “being there” for our customers and support for what they do.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I’d just like to express my appreciation for Ron Manus’ presentation when awarding the Dorothy and for all of the other “Dorothys” present (or not) that evening – it is an outstanding group to be a part of.