CMA Elects New Board Of Directors

Appointments Take Immediate Effect

The Country Music Association held the annual Board of Directors election meeting in Nashville this week. The new Board year begins immediately.

Steve Buchanan, Gaylord Entertainment Senior Vice President of Media and Entertainment, completes his term as Chairman of the Board and current CMA Board President Gary Overton, Sony Music Entertainment Nashville Chairman and CEO, now assumes the position of CMA Board Chairman. Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, was named President-Elect. Jessie Schmidt, President of Schmidt Relations, remains Secretary/Treasurer for a second year. CMA Board President will be announced at a later date.

“On behalf of the CMA’s Board of Directors, our membership, and the CMA staff, I want to recognize outgoing Board Chair Steve Buchanan and thank him for his steady and insightful leadership over the last year and a half,” said Overton.

Following is a list of CMA Directors and Directors at Large:

Directors By Membership Category

Carryover Directors, who are serving the second year of a two-year term, are followed by newly-elected Directors (indicated in bold).

Advertising Agency/PR/Marketing

Mary Hilliard Harrington, The GreenRoom PR


Nancy Shapiro, NARAS

Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization


Jay DeMarcus, Rascal Flatts

Luke Bryan

Broadcast Air Talent

Charlie Cook, West Virginia Radio Corp., Morgantown, W.Va.

Blair Garner, After Midnight with Blair Garner, Premiere Radio Networks


Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music

Brett James, Cornman Music

Entertainment Services

Stacey Schlitz, Schlitz Law


Ian Ashbridge, Wrasse Records, U.K.

Bob Shennan, BBC, U.K.

Music Publisher/PRO

Tim DuBois, Tim DuBois Entertainment

Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Biff Watson, Biff-Bangs Productions, Inc.

Personal Manager

Ken Levitan, Vector Management

Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company


Dann Huff, Dann Huff Productions


Jaye Albright, Albright & O’Malley, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Clay Hunnicutt, Clear Channel Communications, Atlanta, Ga.

Record Company

Gary Overton, Sony Music Entertainment

Mike Dungan, EMI Capitol Records

Record/Video/Online Merchandiser

Charlie Anderson, Anderson Merchandisers, Knoxville, Tenn.

Talent Agent/Promoter

Rob Beckham, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Talent Buyer/Venue

Larry Vallon, AEG Live!, Los Angeles, Calif.

Louis Messina, The Messina Group


Mark Shimmel, Turner Networks

Lifetime Directors

J. William Denny

Ralph Peer II

Frances Preston

Ex-Officio Members

Jim Free, The Smith-Free Group, Washington, D.C.

Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Directors at Large

Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records/Valory Music Company

Connie Bradley

Becky Brenner

Kix Brooks, Don’t Miss This, LLC

Steve Buchanan, Gaylord Entertainment Co.

Frank Bumstead, Flood, Bumstead, McCreedy, & McCarthy, Inc.

Pat Collins, SESAC

Tony Conway, Conway Entertainment Group, LLC

Ann Edelblute, XIX Entertainment

John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville

Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town

Randy Goodman, Nashville Music Council

Mark Hamilton, Apple, Inc.; iTunes Store, Cupertino, Calif.

Ed Hardy, Great American Country (GAC)

Lon Helton, Country Aircheck

Pat Higdon, Universal Music Publishing Group

Clint Higham, Morris Artists Management Group

John Huie, Creative Artists Agency

Jan Jeffries, Cumulus Media, Atlanta, Ga.

Marion Kraft, Shop Keeper Management

Luke Lewis, UMG Nashville

John Marks, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio

Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment

Mike Moore, Entercom Communications, Portland, OR

Kevin Neal, Buddy Lee Attractions

Brian O’Connell, Live Nation

Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment

Brian Philips, CMT/MTV Networks

Rob Potts, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Five Dock, Australia

John Rich, Big & Rich

David Ross, Music Row Publications, Inc.

Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions, LTD., Alberta, Canada

Jessie Schmidt, Schmidt Relations

Victoria Shaw, Songalicious Music

Clarence Spalding, Spalding Entertainment

Michael Vaden, Decosimo Vaden

Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group

Rusty Walker, Rusty Walker Programming Consultant, Inc., Iuka, Miss.

Jody Williams, BMI

Mark Wright, Show Dog Universal Music

More than 6,400 music industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of the Country Music Association. Formed in 1958 as the first trade association for a single genre of music, the organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry while advancing the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s strategic imperatives – CMA Music Festival and the companion CMA Music Festival television special, the CMA Awards, and CMA’s latest television venture “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s TV properties air on the ABC Television Network through 2021. For information about CMA visit

Source: Country Music Association

In the Photo Left to Right: Buchanan, Moore, Overton. Photo by Christian Bottoroff / CMA / Prvided By Country Music Association


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