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MIDI Manufacturers Association Announces Major Expansion

With the impending adoption of MIDI 2.0, the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) Board of Directors is expanding the scope of the organization to accommodate future growth.

Tom White, who guided the MMA for the past 26 years as president, has announced his retirement from the organization to focus on new business and personal opportunities. Gene Joly (pictured above), SVP of QSC and former NAMM board member, will serve as interim president while the MMA initiates an executive search to fill the position permanently.

The Board has also elected Kate Stone, CEO of Novalia, as the Chair of Board of Directors. Athan Billias, MMA Board Member and Digital Marketing Strategy Manager at Yamaha, will serve as Chief Financial Officer.

Two new Officer positions will further expand the organization’s outreach. Industry icon Craig Anderton has accepted the position of Vice President of Public Relations, while Kevin LaManna, CEO of Monday Loves You, will serve as Vice President of Information Technology.

All of the current officers of the MMA serve as unpaid volunteers.
For more information, go to www.midi.org.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also co-hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.