Tim and Bobbi founded Piano Trends in 1990. The Crystal Lake couple have been local residents since the early 80s. Bobbi is a National acclaimed adjudicator and private music instructor in addition to running Piano Trends with Tim. Both have extensive musical backgrounds as performers and business. Tim is also President of the Board at Raue Center for the Arts. Bobbi is Artistic Director for the National Piano Conference at Raue Center which also features special NPC concert events throughout the year. Bobbi's Students have gone on to pursue music careers in many fields including perfomance, teaching and music therapy. She has continued to work as a music consultant for several university and college music programs throughout the country.
Tim also is a Speaker/Presenter for NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. In 2019 Tim participated at the NAMMSHOW in Anaheim working a Retail Summit with Internationally acclaimed presenter Bob Phibbs AKA "The Retail Doctor" as well as industry icon and Music Trades writer Bob Popyk. Tim also presented his own Training session
"5 Events to Create Lifelong Customers".
NAMM interviewed Tim in 2018 for its Oral History Series you can see here. The Pauls have grown the buisness within the community and believe in giving back to our community.