Black River Christian Adds Two to Executive Team

Pictured (L-R): Brian Thiele, Jill Tomalty

Black River Christian has appointed two new members to its executive team. Brian Thiele will serve as Vice President, Radio Promotion for the label, while Jill Tomalty joins as Senior Director, Artist Management and Development for Black River Christian’s in-house management company, Thrive Management.

Thiele received his BA degree from James Madison University before moving to Nashville, and previously worked in promotion at MCA Records, Lost Highway Records, Vivaton Records and EMI CMG before rising to Senior Director, National Promotion at Word Entertainment.

“Brian impressed me with his knowledge of Christian music, passion for making a difference, and his desire to lead Black River Christian’s radio promotion into the future,” said Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr. “I can’t wait to see his impact on our company and our roster!”

Tomalty received her BA degree from Western Michigan University and her Master’s from Oakland University. She began her career at RCA Label Group before becoming an independent consultant through her own company, Noteworthy Nashville. She also served as Director/Marketing & Brand Management at both Word Entertainment and Provident Label Group, Director/National Promotion at Flying Island Entertainment, and most recently as VP/Media & Marketing at Grassroots Promotion.

“In life and business, you meet people that you know are meant to play an important role along the journey,” said Kerr. “Jill Tomalty is one of those incredible people. Her wisdom, knowledge of the genre and genuine love for people and music make her the natural fit for Thrive Management. Those who know Jill, have the opportunity to see life lived out to the fullest!  Her quality leadership has already had an impact on our company.”

Thiele may be reached at [email protected] and Tomalty at[email protected]. Both can also be reached at 615-780-3070.


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