AFM Names Lew Mancini COO, Dick Gabriel Electronic Media Services Director

Film Music Magazine • September 8, 2010

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) has announced the appointments of Lew Mancini as Chief Operating Officer for the AFM New York Office and Dick Gabriel as Director of the Electronic Media Services Division.

Mancini boasts a 35-year tenure of employment with the AFM, which includes 20 years of service in the office of the International President during which he held various administrative positions, including Assistant to the President. Since 1995, Mancini has served as Assistant Secretary to the International Secretary-Treasurer. He has been a member of AFM Local 248 (Patterson, NJ) since 1967.

Nearly 30 years ago, Gabriel left his position with AFM Local 47 in Los Angeles to create the recording department in the Federation’s West Coast Office. Later he headed what eventually became the EMSD, a position he held until 1995. For several years after that, as Assistant to the President/Special Projects, Gabriel focused on unique media production issues, special assignments, and bringing the development of electronic media services to include the non-major recording centers. He now returns to the position of EMSD Director to addressing unique production issues and service development.

“I can’t think of two better people to serve the AFM,” said newly-elected AFM President Ray Hair. “Together, they bring a better part of a century of service to our members. The membership can have a renewed confidence that changes in our philosophy, objectives, and operational structure will prove beneficial to our Locals and membership,” states Hair.

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