Board of Directors and Officers

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Barry Bittman, MD
Board Chairman, CEO, & President - YMWI

Barry Bittman, MD is a neurologist, author, international speaker, award-winning producer/director and research scientist.  Dr. Bittman leads innovative interdisciplinary teams in the development of protocols, algorithms and comprehensive integrative strategies that enable an integrated delivery network to optimize care and achieve Triple Aim objectives. 
His “whole person” approach has been featured in numerous leading publications throughout the world, including USA Today, Business Week, Time, Prevention, Discover, O (Oprah Magazine), the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post,  Scientific American, Men’s Fitness, Health magazine, Spirituality & Health, New Age Journal, Self magazine and others.  His perspectives have also been shared in a host of interviews including CNN Headline News.
Dr. Bittman’s primary research is in the field of Psychoneuroimmunology.  Several of his publications that have advanced the field of recreational music making are detailed in this website.

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Hitoshi Fukutome
Director - YMWI        

Hitoshi Fukutome is President of Yamaha Corporation of America and a board member of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute.  Prior to his current assignment in the U.S., Mr. Fukutome was President of Yamaha Korea since 2010.  He previously served as General Manager of the Piano division at Yamaha Corporation in Japan where he worked on many milestone events at the company including the acquisition of the Austrian piano manufacturer, Boesendorfer, and the implementation of the new global factory strategy.     

Mr. Fukutome has served in a number of positions since joining Yamaha Corporation in 1982, including Manager of the Piano division of Yamaha Europe GmbH in Hamburg, Germany and CEO of Yamaha Music Austria GmbH in Vienna.   

Mr. Fukutome is a graduate of Keio University, where he majored in law.


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Rick Young
Director - YMWI
Senior Vice President - YMWI

Rick Young is Senior Vice President at Yamaha Corporation of America.  Mr. Young oversees the company’s Piano, Band & Orchestral, and Pro Audio and Combo divisions, as well as  the Music Education Dept. In addition, he is president of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. in New York City and is responsible for Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc. in Nashville and Yamaha Artist Services in Hollywood.

Mr. Young helped institute the company’s Customer Sales and Marketing Group, an initiative designed to seamlessly align Yamaha Corporation of America with the needs of a broad base of select dealers, top artists, and world-class performance venues, as well as leading academic and institutional facilities.

His 30 years of experience in all aspects of the music products industry include his tenure as Corporate Vice President/General Manager of the company’s Pro Audio & Combo Division as well as senior leadership positions within the company’s Band & Orchestral Division and the Sales Department of the Pro Audio & Combo Division. He is currently the chairman of the Music Achievement Council, will be beginning a three year appointment to the NAMM board of directors and has served on a number of music related boards, including the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers.


Brian Jemelian
Director - YMWI
Secretary & Treasurer - YMWI

Brian Jemelian serves as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration for Yamaha Corporation of America.  He is also Secretary for the corporation.  Jemelian leads the finance, information technology, operations, human resources, logistics, legal, tax and credit teams.  
Mr. Jemelian also serves as Project leader for Yamaha’s Business Continuity Project, Process Excellence Project, and risk management strategies.  He joined Yamaha in 1996.

Prior to Yamaha, Mr. Jemelian was a senior manager in audit and business advisory services at Price Waterhouse in the Orange County, Los Angeles and London offices. His industry focus included financial services, retail and distribution.  Mr. Jemelian graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also earned a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Southern California. Mr. Jemelian is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of CPAs.