Jam Industries Co-Chairman, Eddy Shenker Passed Away Monday, June 11, 2012
With heavy hearts Jam Industries Ltd., which owns Erikson Pro—distributor of CHAUVET DJ, CHAUVET Professional and ILUMINARC products in Canada, announces the passing of Eddy Shenker, Co-Chairman and partner in the company since 1974. Eddy died on Monday, June 11, 2012 after a short battle with cancer.
After graduating from Concordia University with a commerce degree, Eddy went on to McGill while articling with Ernst & Young to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA). After four years with E&Y, he went into industry in 1967 to become Vice-President, Administration and Finance of a large manufacturing company with over 500 employees. Eddy joined Jam Industries at the beginning of 1974 as Vice-President and partner.
A major figure in the music industry, Eddy was respected, admired and loved by those who knew him. He was recently presented with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award by the MIAC Association for his many years of positive influence on the Canadian music industry. Founded in 1972, Eddy contributed greatly in building Jam Industries Ltd. into a unique distribution network made up of 13 Canadian and US divisions serving markets segments from musical instruments, professional audio/lighting to consumer electronics, with over 500 employees and sales exceeding $225 million. Throughout 38 years of incredible company growth Eddy strived to maintain a very personal relationship with JAM’s suppliers and many of JAM’s dealers. He had a similar approach within JAM, with an open door policy welcoming anyone in the company to walk into his office and chat. His statesman-like balanced perspective will be missed by friends and colleagues around the world.
Eddy is survived by his wife Fran, two children Brian and Robert, and five loving grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 13th. Arrangements can be followed at Paperman & Sons.
“We both admired and enjoyed working with him and are deeply saddened by the news of his passing,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of CHAUVET.