About Us

Our Company

Worldmax International, Inc. was founded in 1991 by David and Susan Lo in Taichung, Taiwan. David, an 18 year veteran production manager of the Pearl Drum Co. in Taiwan, passed away in 2000 and his wife Susan became its director. Worldmax USA was formed in 1998 by Walt and Arliss Johnston in Nashville, Tennessee to distribute all Worldmax products in the United States. 

Walt Johnston, managing director, has been involved in the percussion industry for over 45 years. He was instrumental in bringing Pearl Drums into the United States under their own name in the late 50"s and became President of Pearl International in 1979. After some nine years with Pearl, he spent nine years in Minnesota as general manager of Purecussion, Inc., a company dedicated to the distribution of the RIMS drum mounts. Walt consulted with the Gretsch and Slingerland Drum Companies briefly before forming his own business with his wife, Arliss and his daughter Mikki Johnston.

 

Arliss & Walt in 2007 in Taiwan

Arliss Johnston had been a director of Worldmax USA since its inception. With much sadness we must report that Arliss Johnston passed away July 13, 2008. She is greatly missed!

 

Maggie Kampa joined us in 2007 and along with Wendy Fike keeps the warehouse running smoothly. They also help in the Office and take phone orders.

Walt Johnston re-married 2-9-09, her name is Liu Chun. Liu was a close friend of Susan Lo who managed Worldmax International after her husband David Lo passed away. Before Susan passed away she introduced Liu to Walt, who had lost his wife the year before. Liu brings with her an intense desire to see Worldmax USA succeed, and more importantly, to keep Walt in good health.

In September 2014 Walt and Liu sold Worldmax to Maggie and Rob Kampa of Nashville. Co-owners Maggie and Rob and Operations Manager Wendy Fike strive to maintain its great products, great prices and superior customer service. Worldmax has added many new products such as Keller wood shells, chrome steel shells and aluminum shells. Plus lugs and mounting hardware in different finishes such as black nickel and satin chrome.

 

 

 

  Wendy " Bossy Pants"

 Rob and Maggie getting the keys to the kingdom....