SAG-AFTRA has added Richard Van Syckle as the new Nashville Local executive director, overseeing the union’s day-to-day operations.
Van Syckle’s prior experience includes network television and new media production, major market local news, national marketing and advertising, and international syndication. Likewise, he has produced, written and directed many projects with SAG-AFTRA members, including a stop at CMT.
“Richard was the right fit for the Nashville Local at a time when local production is growing and the music industry continues to be a dominant force along Music Row,” says National Executive Director David White. “We are excited for him to bring his creative talent and business management skills to the Nashville Local membership and SAG-AFTRA.”
Nashville Local President and search committee member Pat Alger adds, “Most impressive to the committee was the fact that Richard understood our contracts and membership and came to the interview with a clear idea of what this Local does, the diversity of the membership and the challenges that lie ahead in the months and years to come.”
Van Syckle began May 4 and reports to SAG-AFTRA Assistant National Executive Director, Locals Linda Dowell. He will be formally introduced to members at the Local’s annual membership meeting on June 3.
“SAG-AFTRA has a significant presence in Nashville, especially with its offices on Music Row,” says Van Syckle. “I’m looking forward to working with the Local membership and leadership to continue the union’s high profile in the music and entertainment industry.”
Van Syckle’s many accolades include Emmy Awards, an Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA) Award, a Radio Television News Association of Southern California Golden Mike Award, a GLAAD Media Award and the 2014 Nashville International Association of Business Communicators Gold Pen Award.