Archive for August, 2010

New International Executive Board Takes Office

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

August 1, 2010 marks the first official day in office for the AFM International Executive Board elected at the 98th Convention. The Federation’s leadership has some fresh faces among its executive officers, with the election of AFM International President Ray Hair and International Vice President Bruce Fife. International Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio and Vice President from Canada Bill Skolnik were re-elected.

Executive Officers

International President
Ray Hair

Mr. Hair has been a professional musician since 1964, performing as a freelance, club-date, recording, and traveling musician. He has been president of Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX) for more than 27 years and was first elected to the AFM International Executive Board in 1989. Hair holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s in music from the University of North Texas in Denton, where he taught drum set from 1975 to 1983.

International Vice-President
Bruce Fife

Mr. Fife became a professional musician in his early 20s and spent the next 25 years on the road, as a working-class musician on guitar, keys, harmonica, and vocals. In 1999, he was first elected to the Executive Board of Local 99 (Portland, OR) and became president in 2001. Fife is a founding member of the Oregon Alliance to Reform Media and serves on the boards of MetroEast Community Media (KZME Radio), MusicFestNW, and the Music Education Assistance Project. He is active with many labor and justice organizations, including the AFL-CIO and Jobs with Justice.

Vice-President from Canada
Bill Skolnik

Mr. Skolnik, who easily won re-election, has had a diverse career in the entertainment industry, having worked as a musician, music director, composer, arranger, lyricist, and producer. He has lived in various parts of Canada and has been an active member of Locals 149 (Toronto, ON), 145 (Vancouver, BC) and 547 (Calgary, AB), during his 35-plus years of AFM membership. Since 1998, Skolnik has served as the Executive Director of Local 149, which he helped to recover from the brink of insolvency. He is a founding member of the Guild of Canadian Film Composers and a founding trustee of the Radio Producers’ Educational Trust Fund.

International Secretary-Treasurer
Sam Folio

Mr. Folio, who has served five years as secretary-treasurer, counts among his accomplishments: bringing the IM on par with other music industry magazines, improvements in the AFM’s web presence, and modernization of the AFM’s accounting program. Folio is a percussionist and vocalist whose career has included time spent as a faculty member at West Virginia University, political positions for two governors, and work as an administrator for a 500-bed public psychiatric hospital. He is the former president of Local 580 (Clarksburg, WV).

IEB members

Joe Parente
Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA)

Mr. Parente has been an active AFM member for 35 years, working as a studio musician, arranger/orchestrator, and pianist. He has been an officer of Local 77 for 25 years and the local’s president since 1996. He has been on the AFM International Executive Board for five years.

Vince Trombetta
Local 47 (Los Angeles)

Mr. Trombetta is an established musician who has worked under and negotiated nearly every type of agreement. He is president of Local 47 and has been a trustee on the local’s executive board for 15 years and a trustee for the H&W Fund for 11 years. He is also chair of the local’s Wage Scale and Legislative committees.

Tino Gagliardi
Local 802 (New York City)

A New York trumpet player, Mr. Gagliardi was elected to the Theatre Committee negotiating team and Local 802 Executive Board in 2003. He became Theatre Committee co-chair in 2005 and chair in 2007. He was RMA-NY secretary from 2007 to 2010, when he became president of Local 802.

Dave Pomeroy
Local 257 (Nashville, TN)

Mr. Pomeroy has played bass on hundreds of albums, six Grammy-winning recordings, and performed with many top artists. He has released numerous solo and band projects on Earwave Records. He was RMA Nashville president from 2005-2008, when he was elected President of Local 257.

Tina Morrison
Local 105 (Spokane, WA)

Ms. Morrison has been an officer with Local 105 (Spokane, WA) for 12 years, serving as secretary-treasurer for seven years before becoming local president. The bassoonist has been on the Diversity Committee since 2003 and an AFM member for a total of 20 years.

For the most current contact information, please visit the official IEB homepage.