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GUITAR CENTER APPOINTS STAN MORGAN
VICE PRESIDENT, ACCESSORIES MERCHANDISING
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 25, 2006 — Guitar Center, Inc.
(Nasdaq NMS: GTRC), the leading musical instrument and professional
audio retailer, announces it has named Stan Morgan as Vice President,
Accessories Merchandising. In his new position, Morgan will be responsible
for the merchandising of accessory products in Guitar Center locations
across the U.S. He reports to Jay Wanamaker, Executive Vice President
and General Merchandise Manager for Guitar Center.
Morgan has a broad background in the music industry at
retail and wholesale levels in sales, merchandising and marketing. He
was most recently Senior Vice President of Sales for Loud Technologies,
covering all brands and lines, including Mackie, Ampeg, Crate, and Alvarez,
in the U.S. and Canada. His prior experience includes sales management
and field sales experience at St. Louis Music Supply where he was Vice
President of Sales; Hardigg Industries where he served as National Sales
Manager; and Zero Halliburton/Anvil Case Company where he was Midwestern
Regional Sales Manager. Morgan was a Product Manager for accessories
and string instruments at St. Louis Music Supply and managed retail
music stores in Texas. His career began on the selling floor at Parker
Music in Houston.
Jay Wanamaker remarked, “Stan has brought some fantastic
new ideas to our accessories merchandising strategy, which will help
Guitar Center continue supporting accelerated growth in that segment.
His direct experience working with top audio industry manufacturers
as well as in the retail landscape gives him unique insight into customers’
needs and interests. Stan’s knowledge and capabilities will be
key in developing new ways for Guitar Center to connect with our customers.”
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About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers,
percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment.
Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 183 Guitar Center stores
across the United States. In addition, our Music & Arts division
operates 90 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental,
serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. We
are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments
in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician’s
Friend, Inc., and its catalog and web site, www.musiciansfriend.com.
More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company’s
web site at www.guitarcenter.com.
The Guitar Center logo is a registered trademark of Guitar Center,
Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective
companies with which they are associated.
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