D’Addario CEO named Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011

Posted 20 Jun 2011 in Industry Insights, Press Releases

From the press release;

“D’Addario & Company, the world’s top manufacturer of guitar strings and musical accessories, today announced that Jim D’Addario, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 New York Award in the Distribution, Manufacturing and Construction category. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. D’Addario was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Marriott Marquis on June 8, 2011.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a winner of this esteemed award,” says Jim D’Addario, CEO of D’Addario & Company, Inc. “It is a testament to the hard work of everyone at D’Addario & Company, and we are grateful for the recognition from such a prestigious organization.”

The D’Addario family art of string-making dates back to 1680 when Donato D’Addario was born to a string-making family in the tiny village of Salle, Italy. After immigrating to the U.S.A. in 1905, Charles D’Addario began first importing strings from his family in Italy and eventually began manufacturing in a home workshop in Astoria, Queens, NY. The present company was founded in 1973 and began manufacturing guitar strings. Through a series of acquisitions the company expanded to become the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories. D’Addario’s broad line of innovative, high-quality musical instrument accessories includes proprietary brand names D’Addario (strings), Planet Waves (musical instrument accessories and custom installation cabling solutions), Evans Drumheads, Pro-Mark (drumsticks), Rico (reeds), and Pure Sound (snare wires).

Headquartered in Farmingdale, N.Y., D’Addario products are sold in over 120 countries. They are the preferred choice of professional and serious amateur musicians worldwide including Dave Matthews, Daryl Jones (The Rolling Stones), Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Davis (Herbie Hancock), Peter Erskine, Candy Dulfer (Prince), Mark Nuccio (NY Philharmonic), Michel Arrignon (Paris Conservatory), and Jessica Phillips (Metropolitan Opera), among numerous others. Today, there are more than 1,000 D’Addario employees worldwide and thirteen D’Addario family members still work at D’Addario which proudly manufactures 92% of its products in America.”

Source: Press Release

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