The 2018 RPMDA 42nd Annual Convention in Minneapolis attracted 160 attendees, including 26 exhibitors, and 20 first-time attendees. Among the many convention attractions, members participated in a tour of the Hal Leonard Distribution center in Winona, Minnesota, a visit to member stores, Groth Music Company and Schmitt Music Company, an excursion to Fly Over America in the Mall of America, a tour of Paisley Park, and the Annual Awards banquet. The convention mood this year was upbeat as members and guest speakers shared ideas about new technologies, print product, social media marketing, staff training, merchandising strategies and more. The new exhibit format for this year’s convention was extremely well-received. Both Retail and Commercial members had more quality time and substantive conversations with each other during exhibit times.
DOROTHY AWARD: A highlight of every convention is the announcement of the Dorothy at the closing dinner, given for a lifetime of service and achievement in the music industry. It is RPMDA’s highest honor. The 2018 honoree is Madeleine Crouch of Madeleine Crouch & Co. Madeleine began her long and distinguished career in the print music industry at Whittle Music and is owner of Madeleine Crouch & Company, a management firm for thirty non-profit organizations. Approximately 30% of the associations her company manages are in the music industry.
Sandy Feldstein SERVICE AWARD: (from left to Right) Jenny VanPelt of the The Lorenz Company, Cristina D’Alessandro of Cosmo Music, and Time Cose of Hal Leonard, received the 2018 Sandy Feldstein Service Award for their ongoing and generous support of RPMDA.
Don Eubanks PUBLISHER REPRESENTATIVE AWARD: was presented on behalf of RPMDA’s dealer members to Chrissy Dzioba of Hal Leonard (right), for her consistent and exemplary service to her customers.The John Walter’s PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD was presented to Christie Smith of Alfred Music by out-going President, Don Langlie.
ANNOUNCING THE 2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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2019 RPMDA Convention in San Diego, CA
May 1-4, 2019
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay