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for Music City

Returning to the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, at the Music City Center from June 28, the Summer NAMM Show will provide attendees with the chance to make meaningful relationships that can push their businesses and staff forward.

"Summer NAMM is like an executive summit for retailers and their staff," said Joe Lamond, NAMM's president and CEO. "Investing in the most vital element in the success equation, your people, with best-in-class education, networking opportunities and first-hand industry knowledge is truly the difference in businesses that thrive in this incredibly competitive industry and those that don't."

Lamond emphasized that it's all about the important face-to-face opportunities and discovering the right people, the right product and the right education — all at the right time.

His No. 1 reason for dealers to attend? The chance to devote a few days to the absolute one thing that can change their fortunes: their own thinking. And with over 60 education events, attendees will have a lot to think about.

"Imagine all the things that dealers are doing today to try and compete," Lamond said. "It all starts with a thought, and coming to Summer NAMM is the place to learn and become inspired for that next big chapter in business."

Before the show begins, retailers can attend Wednesday's Retail Training Summit, a mini-conference offering three times as much education as well as a more tailored approach to better serve all MI members, regardless of experience, segment or size.

The first day of the show, Thursday, June 28, will kick off with the NAMM U Breakfast Session, "Retail Innovators." Lamond will host retailers who will share how they're thriving with innovative and unconventional business models. On Friday, the "Sales Lion" Marcus Sheridan will draw on his years of digital marketing and impart the transformative strategies needed to win online with "How to Become a Digital Powerhouse: Seven Steps to Online Transformation."

Educational sessions aside, Summer NAMM-goers will also have various networking opportunities. The Women@NAMM group will hold its first Summer NAMM mixer on Thursday, while NAMM Young Professionals (NAMM YP) will host its annual gathering on Friday, which this year will feature keynote speaker Crystal Morris, CEO of Gator Cases.

Thursday night, the 35th annual American Eagle Awards will honor top musicians including Chick Corea, while MI dealers across the globe displaying excellence will be honored on Friday night during the annual Top 100 Dealer Awards. "[The awards] are a real chance to honor fellow retail members and come away with new, fresh ideas for your store and surrounding community," Lamond said.

For those still on the fence about getting down in Music City, Lamond offered a last bit of wisdom.

"[Summer NAMM] is an opportunity to work on your business instead of in it, bringing fresh inspiration and insight back to your store to energize your staff, product lines and to strategically prepare for the remainder of the year." MI