Deering Banjo Co. appointed Jamie Deering to the position of CEO.
She attended her first NAMM trade show when she was just six weeks old, being the newborn daughter of Deering Banjos founders Greg and Janet Deering at NAMM in 1979. Throughout her growing years she worked both production and administrative positions, gaining experience in every aspect of their family company. Later taking on management roles, Jamie has succeeded in every area where she has worked at Deering Banjos, most recently in holding the position of vice president of since 2017.
“Stepping into this role has been a process of learning, and over the last year gradually taking on aspects of it,” said Jamie Deering. “My view is looking at the next 20 years of Deering with a vision in the direction of streamlining our processes, and towards even greater efficiency to the benefit of all who work at Deering, and all our current and future customers.”
She continued: “We have the mission as a company: to champion the banjo and inspire freedom of creativity around the globe by supplying the best quality, American made banjos available to players of all abilities. This, and our company values will not change and are stronger than ever. Our efficiency and ease in how we accomplish it will be a larger focus. We are more than a company that builds banjos, we are a company made up of people who are passionate about taking care of our customers. We take great pleasure in seeing the cultural and emotional uplift that music brings to individuals and communities and are proud to do our part through the banjos we make.”
Janet Deering, who has been the CEO for 44 years, will be enjoying more flexibility, focusing on her role as co-founder along with Greg Deering. She will continue to be a valuable mentor at executive meetings.
“We are delighted and very excited to have Jamie become the CEO of Deering Banjo Co. to take it into the next generation. While Janet and I have accomplished a lot in 44 years, Jamie, if anything, has more horsepower and is smarter than we are. She has stellar people and communication skills. Deering Banjo Company will see a wonderful and expanded banjo world with Jamie as our CEO,” said Greg Deering.