CMA Announces New Board

Steve Buchanan is Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors

The Country Music Association held the annual Board of Directors election meeting in Nashville this week. The new Board year does not begin until Jan. 1, 2011.

Steve Moore stepped down from his role as Chairman of the Board in August when he assumed the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Association. At that time, Steve Buchanan, Gaylord Entertainment Senior Vice President of Media and Entertainment, moved from President of the Board to Chairman, and Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO, moved from President-Elect to President of the Board. Serving as President-Elect is Pat Collins, President and COO of SESAC.

The established line of succession is: President-Elect moves to President, and the President becomes Chairman.

Directors By Membership Category

Gary Overton is President of the CMA Board

Newly-elected Directors are indicated in bold. Carryover Directors, not bold, are serving the second year of a two-year term.

Advertising Agency/PR/Marketing
Jessie Schmidt, Schmidt Relations
Jeff Walker, AristoMedia/Marco Promotions

Steve Buchanan, Gaylord Entertainment Co.
Nancy Shapiro, NARAS

Kix Brooks
Jay DeMarcus, Rascal Flatts

Broadcast Air Talent
Storme Warren, Surfing Moose Productions
Charlie Cook, McVay Media, Los Angeles, Calif.

Victoria Shaw, Songalicious Music
Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music

Entertainment Services
Frank Bumstead, Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy, Inc.
Mike Vaden, The Vaden Group

Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ian Ashbridge, Wrasse Records, UK

Music Publisher/PRO
Jody Williams, BMI
Tim DuBois, ASCAP

John Hobbs
Randy Scruggs, Randy Scruggs Productions

Personal Manager
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
Ken Levitan, Vector Management

Mark Wright, Show Dog Universal
Dann Huff, Dann Huff Productions

Becky Brenner, KMPS-FM, CBS Seattle, Wash.
Jaye Albright, Albright & O’Malley, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Record Company
Randy Goodman
Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville

Record/Video/Online Merchandiser
Charlie Anderson, Anderson Merchandisers, Knoxville, Tenn.

Talent Agent/Promoter
Tony Conway, Conway Entertainment Group, LLC
Joey Lee, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Talent Buyer/Venues
Jeff Krueger, FACE, Inc./WE Fest, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Larry Vallon, AEG Live!, Los Angeles, Calif.

Lon Helton, Country Aircheck
Brian Philips, Country Music Television (CMT)

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

Steve Bogard, One Music Group
Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records/Valory Music Company
Connie Bradley
Luke Bryan, artist
Pat Collins, SESAC
Mike Dungan, Capitol Records
John Esposito, Warner Bros. Records
Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town
Joe Galante
Jeff Garrison, KILT, Infinity Broadcasting, Houston, Texas
Mark Hamilton, Apple, Inc.; iTunes Store, Cupertino, Calif.
Ed Hardy, Great American Country (GAC)
Pat Higdon, Universal Music Publishing Group
Clint Higham, Morris Management Group
John Huie, Creative Artists Agency
Jan Jeffries, Cumulus Media, Atlanta, Ga.
Brett James, Cornman Music
Marion Kraft, Shop Keeper Management
Luke Lewis, UMG Nashville
Frank Liddell, Carnival Music
Erik Logan, Harpo, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
John Marks, SIRIUS XM Radio
Doug Montgomery, WBCT-FM, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mike Moore, Entercom Communications, Portland, OR
Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment
Rob Potts, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Five Dock, Australia
David Ross, Music Row Publications, Inc.
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions, LTD., Alberta, Canada
Rick Shipp, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC.
Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company
Clarence Spalding, Spalding Entertainment, LLC
Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Rusty Walker, Rusty Walker Programming Consultant, Inc., Iuka, Miss.
Tim Wipperman, Wipperman Music Group


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