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Michael Klein
Chapter Marketing
Michael Klein (NED)
....a member of the Lowell,MA chapter where he has been Chapter President, Performance Manager, Secretary, and Singing Valentine' chairman. Michael received his BS in Business Adminstration with a concentration in Marketing from Bryant University.  His marketing skills have been trained through years of retail as well as corporate marketing in the travel industry and of course with his chapter. Michael became the Patriot Division Manager 4 year ago, and left the position only to join the NED District Board as the VP of Member Services.  In 2009, Michael will move from Member Services to Marketing & PR and hopes to leverage this postion to grow Society membership levels.  Though he joined 20 years ago as a non-singer, Michael has recently been asked to record learning taped for his Chorus section, and recently sang for the second time in a quartet on the District contest stage.  Because of this background, you can bet that he has empathy for all levels of singers and chapters.  If you have received an email lately, it is likely it came from Michael. Why not come meet him in person?
Alan Lamson (LA2009)
Chapter Shows
Alan Lamson - Northeastern District (Connecticut) -
Alan is a past president of both the Manchester, CT chapter and the Northeastern District.  He has been active at the chapter and district level for 29 years and has been involved in producing and administering the Manchester show for the past 18+ years.  He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly.  Learn from his experience!!  Alan will be the Society Executive Vice-President and serve on the Society Board of Directors in 2009. 
Jim Coates (LA2009)
Barbershopper's Place in Musical Entertainment
Jim Coates (Barbershop in the Wide World of Entertainment) - Northeastern District (Massachuestts)
Jim is a 30-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  He sings with the Nashua Granite Statesmen, where he serves on the Music Team and as Presentation Coach.  He was the lead of The DJs, three-time Northeastern District medalist quartet.  Jim is a 20-year certified judge and is in his sixth year on the Presentation Category Board of Review.  This year he judged his fourth Men's International Contest.  He has also judged Harmony, Inc.'s International Contest.  Jim has been on the faculty of Harmony Inc.'s HITS and the Society's Harmony College, as well as many District- and Area-level schools.  He has also judged the AAMBS National Contest (Australia) and the SNOBS national contest (Nordic European countries).  Jim is an active coach and has coached both men's and women's groups to Area, District and International Championships; including such groups as Marquis, Southern Gateway, Change of Heart, Synchronicity, the Village Vocal Chords, Derby City Chorus and New England Voices in Harmony.  He was named the Johnny Appleseed District Coach of the Year in 2002 and is proud to have been recently inducted into NEWCANEWENG, the Northeastern District's Honor Society.  Jim is the incoming NED VP of Music and Performance for 2009.
Jim Flanders (LA2009)
Membership VP MRRT Program
Jim Flanders (Membership VP MRRT Program) - Northeastern District (New Hampshire)
Jim Flanders has been a barbershopper for 20 years with the Keene, NH "Cheshiremen" chapter.  With Keene he has served as VP Activities (Program), VP Music and Chapter President. He served for six years as the chorus' Assistant Director before becoming Chorus Director 12 years ago.  Jim is a member of the chapter's Membership Recruitment and Retention Team (MRRT) and has been an instructor of MRRT at various training sessions throughout the Northeastern District.  He has served as a District Chapter Councilor and is a member of the NED's Standing Ovation Program, and the District's honor society, NEWCANEWENG.  Jim has performed in countless musical organizations including Musical Theatre, Madrigal Choirs, Bach Chorales, Big Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Dixieland Bands and Civil War Bands. In addition to directing the "Cheshiremen", Jim currently plays trumpet in a German Octoberfest Band, directs the Choir in his church and conducts the award winning Keene American Legion Band.
Pete Ketcham (LA2008)
Membership VP MRRT Program
Peter Ketcham (Membership VP MRRT Program) - Northeastern District (New Hampshire)
Pete joined the Keene, NH "Cheshiremen" 15 years ago.  Since then, he has served as President (twice), Secretary, been on the Long Range Planning Team, and is currently serving in Chapter Development as the head of MRRT.  He is a Bachelor of Barbershop Harmony, a Rookie Barbershopper Of The Year, Barbershopper Of The Year, District Chapter Counselor Of The Year, and a member of NEWCANEWENG.  Pete also co-teaches the Keene Chapter MRRT program throughout New England.
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