Quarterback Records VP Promotion Tony Benken is exiting the company to open his own boutique cigar shop in Nashville, it was announced today (7/12) by Quarterback founder Chris Allums. Benken joined the label in January 2011.
“It’s with 20 years of fond memories (Chesney, Aldean, Alabama, Lorrie, Craig, Martina, and others), that I announce my retirement from the music business to pursue my other passion, cigars,” said Benken. “I thank John and Chris for their terrific friendship and thank the Quarterback team, which I’ve been honored to lead.”
Benken and his business partner, Scott Partridge, will open Big Star Cigar in Mt. Juliet on Sept. 1. He will remain with Quarterback through July 31, and his new email address will be [email protected].
During his 20 year music industry career, Benken worked with BNA Records, RCA Records, Virgin Records, Universal South, Broken Bow, and Treehouse.
“We hate to see Tony go,” said Allums. “He has been a great asset to our growth here. He is chasing his passion and we wish him well in his new career.”
Quarterback Partner John Ettinger added, “Tony will be missed. He exemplified the energy and integrity we instill in our team. Smoke one for us, Tony!”
Allums is currently searching for Benken’s replacement. Reach him at 615-300-5321.