10 May Lee Oskar Harmonicas Marks 35th Anniversary!
Lee Oskar Harmonicas Marks 35th Anniversary!
Globally renowned harmonica virtuoso and manufacturer Lee Oskar announces a major expansion of the headquarters team and marketing operations for Lee Oskar Harmonicas, which he founded in 1983 in collaboration with Tombo Manufacturing of Japan (established in 1917.)
Lee Oskar Harmonicas’ expansion is coming at its 35th anniversary as a manufacturing firm known for excellence and innovation. The Lee Oskar brand has been producing the same superior quality products since its inception, and innovated the industry with its altered tunings that enable many different musical genres and a unique system of replaceable, interchangeable components.
While originally appreciated and preferred primarily by professional musicians, Lee Oskar Harmonicas has since connected with a much broader range of music lovers who can fully appreciate the joys of harmonica playing— spanning all ages and stages of life, backgrounds, levels of playing ability, musical genres and styles.
In keeping with Lee’s vision that the harmonica is an ideal instrument “For All/For Life,” he has recently grown his corporate marketing team to maximize opportunities through digital marketing, promotion and public relations initiatives to connect with broadened audiences on a global scale.
The marketing program for 2018-2019 has been designed to spread the excitement of harmonica playing throughout the musical world, and artfully demonstrate how Lee Oskar Harmonicas are a fun, easy-to-learn instrument that everyone can enjoy, without the challenges presented by other instruments—perfect for composing melodies, coming up with hook-lines and making all kinds of music.
Lee Oskar Harmonicas Corporate Team
Lee Oskar, Founder and President
Lee Oskar is a world-renowned harmonica virtuoso, composer, producer, visual artist, musical explorer and harmonica manufacturer. Lee’s career as a globally touring musician uniquely equipped him to become a revolutionary harmonica maker. In the 70’s, he grew increasingly frustrated with the poor quality of harmonicas that were on the market at the time. So he went on a quest to find a superior quality manufacturer that could meet his needs and bring his design ideas to life. In the early ’80’s, he found the perfect partner in Tombo Manufacturing of Japan, a multi-generational harmonica manufacturer known for excellence since 1917. Together, Lee Oskar and Tombo collaborated closely to perfect Lee Oskar Harmonicas, pairing Lee’s design ideas, creativity and musical knowledge with Tombo’s manufacturing expertise and commitment to superlative quality. Contact Lee.
Sri Oskar, Senior Vice President
Sri Oskar oversees the company’s daily activities, along with the administrative and marketing operations for
Lee Oskar Enterprises, Inc. Sri brings with her a B.A. in Business and wide-ranging experience with past entrepreneurial ventures. She has a deep love of music which she applies in support of Lee Oskar and the Lee Oskar Harmonicas team. Contact Sri.
Dmitri Antos, Vice President – Visual Communications
Dmitri Antos is a web and visual media professional working in the industry for over 20 years. With an award-winning background in visual design, and major stints at Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola and Microsoft, Dmitri works closely with Lee Oskar on educational materials, videos and websites, as well as maintaining the Lee Oskar Harmonicas brand since he joined the firm in 2005. Contact Dmitri.
Nancy Balik, Director of Public Relations/Communications
Nancy Balik is a multiple award-winning communications/public relations professional with more than twenty-five years of experience serving in the corporate, nonprofit, medical, creative/entrepreneurial and musical worlds. She works closely with the Lee Oskar Harmonicas team as a writer, communications strategist and PR/media representative for Lee Oskar and Lee Oskar Harmonicas. Contact Nancy.
Charlene Hovey, Director, Marketing Operations
Raised in a diverse environment of musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs, Charlene loves working with creative ambitious teams. She has dedicated her career to serving top-notch Arts & Culture organizations, including Smithsonian affiliate museums and public media/broadcasting via KPBS. Charlene is a positive disruptor who brings 12 years experience managing business operations, brand strategy, and digital media marketing to the Lee Oskar Harmonicas team. Contact Charlene.
Jim McLaughlin, Technical Product Support Specialist
Jim McLaughlin started playing harmonica on May 5, 1975 about 3 or 4 pm. His skills have won him the IHO World Harmonica Championship two years in a row. He has a background in music theory and jazz improvisation and has taught harmonica worldwide in educational and clinic/workshop settings. Over the past 20 years Jim, has enjoyed working for his most preferred harmonica manufacturer as the front line to the Lee Oskar Harmonicas Customer Service Center, assisting and educating customers. Contact Jim.
Julee Beckelman, Executive Administrative Assistant
Julee Beckelman spent the early part of her career working in various business office environments, including hospitals and Boeing. She changed careers by attending Culinary School, giving her the opportunity to work with some television cooking programs. Julee has had recent experience in retail and volunteering in her community. She enjoys supporting office operations at Lee Oskar Enterprises, Inc., and providing customer service. Contact Julee.