7/15/18: Nashville Update. We're progressing with the transition for Fork's Drum Closet. Terry Bissette and I are working with the great Fork's team and defining the layout for the new shop. The next several weeks will be busy ones as we start the process. We're still targeting being in the new shop by 9/1, and we're working out the plans so as to have no interruption in business as we go. We're all very excited. More to come...
6/11/18: Two new announcements that we are very pleased to be making:
- "Gary and Melissa Forkum, owners of Fork's Drum Closet in Nashville, are retiring and have sold their business to Steve and Debbie Maxwell and Elizabeth Cabraser.
Gary and Melissa have built a wonderful business that has served the Nashville community superbly for 36 years. Our intent is to continue serving this market in the exact same way that the Forkums have done for so long, and with their great team of people. And, the business will still be called Fork's Drum Closet. The Nashville music community is strong and the "personal service" and sense of "community" that Fork's embraces tracks exactly to the philosophy we have used in our Illinois and NYC stores, so we truly understand and value this approach. Carrying on the tradition that Fork's has established is an honor for us and we look forward to working with the entire team at Fork's, and the wonderful Nashville community, as we move forward."
- I am pleased to announce that Terry Bissette is joining us in the capacity of Executive Vice President, Retail Division.
Terry is very well known in the industry and has decades of experience in both the retail and manufacturing side of the business. Among his many roles, Terry managed independent drum shops and then went on to manage the drum division for Sam Ash, which grew significantly under his direction. He also had a very successful tenure with Tama and most recently with Conn Selmer's Ludwig division. Terry's experience and results-oriented approach are ideally suited for our growth plans. He will be an integral part of our Fork's Drum Closet Nashville operation and will be lending his expertise and knowledge to the growth plans for our NYC and Chicago-land locations. Terry will be located in Nashville and his start date will be July 1.