Dennis Houlihan, former president and CEO of the Roland Corporation, assumed the responsibilities of chairman of Roland U.S. in 2010 after 18 successful years at Roland. He also continued in his role as a member of the board of directors of Roland Japan. Dennis had been with Roland as president since 1993. Additionally Mr. Houlihan held the position of president of Rodgers Musical Instruments for several years while at Roland also serving as it’s president and CEO (Rodgers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Roland Corp). Mr. Houlihan was the first manufacturer representative to also be elected as Chairman and CEO of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants).
Mr. Houlihan grew up in the Fresno California area and has lived and worked in cities around the world including the Washington DC area, greater Los Angeles area, New York City area and in London, England.
Mr. Houlihan is legendary for his courteous, extremely effective and highly intelligent style of management, and is held in the highest regard industry-wide to this day. As stated by one well known industry insider, ” Dennis’ evident and brilliant talent and seemingly innate ability to make every person feel like “they’re the most important person in the room” has no doubt assisted him, amongst many other factors, in growing Roland to the worlds largest and leading electronic musical instrument company and the second largest musical instrument company in the world overall. To his credit, Dennis has still somehow managed to maintain an impeccable reputation, which unfortunately is an increasingly rare trait amongst CEO’s in recent years. Roland owes much of their success to this very capable leader and innovative team builder.”
Houlihan succeeded Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder and special consultant of Roland Japan, who resigned from his more recent roles as chairman and director of Roland U.S.
As a true believer, leader and participant in the launch and growth of the practice of Music and Wellness worldwide, Mr. Houlihan has graciously extended his invaluable expertise to the PLAY MUSIC-ENJOY LIFE! program. The PLAY MUSIC-ENJOY LIFE! team is very grateful and extremely fortunate to have Mr. Houlihan as an advisor and friend.
Mr Houlihan still travels the world meeting up with friends and former colleagues and also as a board member of several organizations. When not traveling, Mr. Houlihan resides in the greater Los Angeles area.