Alfred Music’s Danny Smolenski Wins 
Don Eubanks Publisher Representative Award

Mike Lawson • News • June 10, 2016

Danny Smolenski wins the Don Eubanks AwardAlfred Music’s senior sales representative, Danny Smolenski was the recipient of the 2016 Don Eubanks Publisher Representative Award at the annual Retail Print Music Dealer Association (RPMDA) Convention in April 2016.

The Don Eubanks Award was established to honor a commercial member sales representative for excellence and outstanding service to RPMDA dealer members, as well as to commemorate founding member and Dorothy Award winner Don Eubanks, one of the most loyal and staunch supporters of the organization. Throughout his music industry tenure, Don cultivated lasting friendships with many publishers’ sales representatives, knowing that their relationship with each other would be one of the most important assets he could have, both personally and in business. Candidates are nominated by the membership and the honoree is selected by a committee of three Retail Members.

The award committee considers the following criteria in selecting the award winner: 

•    Provides excellent customer service on a consistent basis

•    Demonstrates knowledge of his/her customers’ accounts, and understands and appreciates the philosophy and mission of the stores he/she serves

•    Offers marketing resources and creative retailing solutions to his/her customers

•    Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the catalog he/she represents

•    Demonstrates unique, outstanding and/or highly successful methods of salesmanship

•    Demonstrates a strong commitment to RPMDA, his/her employer and retail customers

Andrew Surmani, Chief Marketing Officer of Alfred Music said, “There is nothing more valuable to a professional than being honored by a group of your peers. When you think of all the candidates that could be considered for this prestigious award, it’s a group of exceptional people. We are so proud that Alfred Music’s own Danny Smolenski was the one honored this year by the print music industry, and it’s a testament to his incredible sales and people skills.  Danny joins another Alfred Music past winner of the Don Eubanks award, Elisa Palladino.” This award is in addition to another industry recognition that Danny earned this year, his Vendor Representative of the Year Award from West Music.” Alfred Music congratulates Danny on this tremendous accomplishment.

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