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Morris Nominated for Award

Ernst & Young LLP announced that Crystal Morris, owner and president of Gator Cases Inc., is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of The Year 2019 Award in Florida. The program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Morris was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners were announced at a special gala event on June 13 at the Hilton Orlando. “I am extremely honored and humbled to be a finalist among such an outstanding group of business and thought leaders who inspire me,” Morris said. “When I started Gator in 2000, our mission was to make great products that customers would love, be a brand that fans would trust and create a company culture that team members would be proud of. I share this honor with the rest of the Gator family who works so hard to carry out that mission every day.”

Let’s Be Frank

Frank Rosso joined St. Louis Music (SLM) as district sales manager for the Northeast USA area. He brings decades of experience in the industry, with a focus on band and orchestra products. “We are thrilled to have Frank join SLM,” said Richard Grossman, national sales manager at St. Louis Music. “Frank’s expertise and reputation is second to none, and our customers in the North East will surely benefit with Frank’s partnership.” Rosso’s long career in the music industry began at the age of 10, cleaning rental returns at his family’s music store. Early in his professional career, he held store manager and sales management positions with the largest national retailers in the music industry. For the last decade, Rosso has been the district sales manager in the Northeast for Conn-Selmer. “I’m so happy to join SLM,” said Rosso. “Daniel Barenboim said it best: ‘Music is not a profession. Music is a way of life, one that requires much professionalism.’ It is truly a pleasure to be part of the SLM family that shares this same belief.”

Kris Is Bliss

Yamaha Corp. of America announced that Kris Paquin has joined the company as vice president of operations. She reports directly to Jeff Scott, corporate vice president of finance and administration. Before joining Yamaha, Paquin spent nearly six years with Neovia Logistics as director of supply chain transformation, where she oversaw seven product distribution centers across North America. In this capacity, she spearheaded changes in

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management activities and led the way on various workplace upgrades and improvements, such as the full implementation of the Oracle warehouse management system across all seven locations in her charge. “Today, Yamaha is at a stage where team-building opportunities are plentiful,” Paquin said, “both to develop existing members into areas of greater responsibility and also to bring in new ones who will further diversify the company’s experience profile. I’m eager to focus my efforts on creating the most engaged and motivated team in the industry for Yamaha.” Yamaha also announced Greg Macias has joined the company as brand director. He reports directly to Matt Searfus, corporate vice president of integrated marketing. Before joining Yamaha, Macias held the position of chief marketing officer at start-up brand Magnivation, where he worked alongside the company’s founder to introduce and raise funding for its Bluetooth Low Energy technology. “Yamaha is transforming its approach to branding and marketing, and I’m excited to be on the front line,” said Macias. “I welcome our team’s challenge to bring the ‘Make Waves’ promise to life, inspiring and empowering musicians, potential musicians and anyone who enjoys listening to music.” JUNE 2019

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