David, our Benevolent Dictator, is a man of few words. What I should say is that he doesn't write many words. I'll have to fill in this space with my own observations.
After spending just a couple days with him, It is clear that David is a gifted musician, inlay artist, instrument builder, and leader. He has been instrumental in bringing ASIA back from the brink with a Board that was chosen for their teamwork as well as their individual talents.
David is extremely generous with his time, happily enlightening visitors to his shop, or just letting them hang around and absorb the atmosphere. He brings that same generosity to the Board, enlightening us with his knowledge, history, and industry contacts.
I'm Tony DiDomenico. I've been in the woodworking business since the late 70s. Wow, I'm not sure I like the way that sounds. I started an architectural woodworking company in 1988 which is still in operation today. In the early 80s I decided to try my hand at guitar building since I never had a good instrument and I knew my way around woodworking. Well, what an eye opening experience that was, "I'm going to need to do that again!" Having no experience in this craft, lets just say my first attempt was in need of improvement.
I started work at Luthiers Mercantile, Int'l. in 1997. As Sales Manager, I work with our remarkable staff to make sure our customers are well taken care of. Additionally, I have a hand in product development and procurement, website content and some of the general management of the company.
Along the way I became director of the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. In both roles I have developed relationships with scores of luthiers and trust that this web of connections will help me bolster membership in ASIA along with participation in the production of the magazine (articles!) and Symposium.