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National Account Manager, The Music People, On-Stage, TMP-Pro By Brian Berk The Music & Sound Retailer: Who was your greatest influence or mentor and why? Jeremy Payne: This is a tough one for me to answer. I have so many people who have influenced me throughout my career; some are mentors who have provided guidance, some are peers who act as observed examples of success, others are authors or speakers who have shared tremendous insight and passion. It feels almost disrespectful to try and cement just one name. However, if I stop and think about who gave me the most opportunities to develop professionally and personally in my career, without a doubt, that person is Sharon Hennessey [president of The Music People]. I came to The Music People 10 years ago as an intuitive and passionate ex-MI retailer that had a lot to learn about the wholesale side of the industry. Sharon opened so many doors for me. She allowed me to take those preexisting skills, polish them, teach me about the larger industry and explore the different facets of our company by putting me in roles with growing responsibility. She holds me accountable, calls out and corrects my mistakes, praises my accomplishments, and all of these things together cultivate growth. We don’t often talk about the bigger-picture path she has taken me down, but I feel very fortunate to have the support and guidance of Sharon. (continued on page 51)


MARCH 2020

Profile for Music & Sound Retailer

Music & Sound Retailer March 2020, Vol 37 No 3