ACM Promotes Four

Pictured (clockwise from top left): Melissa Moldovan, Tommy Moore, Maddy Stessman and Taylor Payne

The Academy of Country Music has announced staff promotions in several departments, including staffers Melissa Moldovan, Tommy Moore, Taylor Payne and Maddy Stessman. Positions are based out of the Academy’s headquarters in Encino, CA.

A Chicago native, Moldovan has been promoted to Manager, Marketing. Moldovan joined the Academy fresh off a four-year stint at the nationally syndicated radio show The Big Time with Whitney Allen, where she worked as an assistant producer and fill-in co-host while simultaneously developing the show’s social media marketing strategy. Her work there ultimately lead to the creation of a social media staff position, which Moldovan undertook in addition to her other roles before moving to the Academy’s marketing team in 2015. In her expanded role, Moldovan will execute all Academy radio promotions and lead on Academy press materials, overseeing ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp publicity, and more. She reports to Brooke Primero, Senior Vice President, Marketing.

Moore has been promoted to Director, Administration & Operations. Atlanta-born and Chicago-raised, Moore attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he graduated with a degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Communications. Moore interned and then was hired on at WMIL-FM country radio in Milwaukee in in 2009, before moving to Los Angeles to join the Academy in 2011. In his current role as Director, Administration and Operations, he directs the overall administration of the ACM office with focus on operations, ticketing, Board of Directors communication, aspects of the professional membership, and is currently the interim manager of ACM Lifting Lives. He serves as the Secretary of both the ACM Board of Directors as well as the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors. Moore is a SOLID alumnus, class of 2013.

Payne has been promoted to Manager, Creative & Content. Payne began her career as an intern for ACM Lifting Lives in 2014, and continued as full-time as an assistant in the Creative & Content and Marketing departments. In her new role as Manager, Payne will handle day-to-day management of the Academy’s websites, photo archives, social assets and A-List eblasts among other duties. She serves as a field producer for the Academy’s in-house video content and a contributing writer for ACM Tempo. A California native, Payne attended UCLA where she majored in communication studies and minored in Spanish. She reports to Lisa Lee, Senior Vice President, Creative & Content.

Stessman has been promoted to Coordinator, Events. Originally from Petaluma, CA, Stessman spent four years on the East Coast where she studied broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University, keeping busy with internships at NBC’s Affiliate Marketing Department, The Meredith Vieira Show and The TODAY Show, as well as the Academy of Country Music, where she supported the Events team for the Academy’s historic 50th Anniversary in Texas. Although newly-transplanted to Los Angeles, Stessman commutes to the Bay Area for all Oakland Raiders home games to work with their game-day corporate partnerships team. Maddy reports to Erick Long, Senior Vice President, Events.


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