"Many professional musicians asked for a mouthpiece that sounded and played like the old Otto Link," said Rocco (Rocky) Giglio, jj Babbitt's president and chief operating officer.
attributes this success to the company's focus on the expansion of its national and world wide distributor base; ongoing relationships with professional musicians who provide valuable product feedback, and on dependable, superior quality products.
Rocco (Rocky) Giglio has been named Babbitt's president/chief operating officer.
A 47-year veteran of the music industry, Giglio had been vice president of operations for the company since 1999.
Prior to joining jj Babbitt, he
served in various management capacities with WoodWind & BrassWind, Selmer Company's
Bach plant and with UMI (formerly W.T. Armstrong).
A professional musician, Giglio is proficient on flute, clarinet, saxophone and all woodwinds including oboe and bassoon.
plays with the Jazz Assemblage and has played with A Cut Above and The Nostalgics.
Rocco (Rocky) Giglio, vice president of operations, attributed the increase in sales to the company establishing closer working relationships with their worldwide distributors, developing more efficient production management, and streamlining cost accounting measures.
"In order to better facilitate orders and maintain a consistent workforce, we collaborated with our distributors to create and follow stricter production schedules," Giglio
"Having a clear idea of how many mouthpieces would be needed from each of our six product lines through the year, enabled us to gear production to our customers' demands better than ever before.
further noted that work was steady at jj
Babbitt all year.
"Our customers help us improve quality by providing constant feedback," Giglio
"We give customers what they want."
further attributed strong sales to Babbitt's
long-time popular selling Otto Link and Meyer lines as well as to its newest mouthpiece lines: Hite Premier and J & D Hite.
Sales of these products jumped dramatically In 2006, Giglio
credited the increase to fast delivery and turnaround time.
Bill Reglein and Giglio are both members of Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol, Indiana and serve on the advisory board of C.H.I.M.E. (Committee for the Historical Museum of Musical Instrument Manufacturers).