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Academy of Country Music® Announces Officers and New Board of Directors for 2017-2018

ENCINO, CA (October 12, 2017) – The Academy of Country Music® is announcing the newly elected Officers and Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term. Previously announced officers include Chairman Ben Vaughn, President Duane Clark, Vice President Ed Warm, Treasurer Carmen Romano, Parliamentarian Paul Moore, Sergeant-at-Arms Tim DuBois and Secretary Tommy Moore.

This year, seven of the 13 qualifying professional categories were elected by the Academy’s membership. In addition to those elected, director-at-large positions have been appointed by Chairman Ben Vaughn, President Duane Clark and Vice President Ed Warm. Directors are elected from each category based on the number of members in that category. Each director serves staggered two-year terms, with half the board membership changing each year.

Newly elected members of the Board of Directors include (full board listing with categories also attached):

1. CAM
2. Laura Connelly, LA Phil
3. Kerri Edwards, KPentertainment
4. Fletcher Foster, Iconic Entertainment
5. Rusty Gaston, THiS Music
6. Roger Gearhart, Graham Bros. Entertainment
7. Andrew Kautz, Big Machine Label Group
8. Gordon Kerr, Black River Entertainment
9. Michael Knox, Music Knox / peermusic
10. Steve Lassiter, APA
11. David Macias, Thirty Tigers
12. Daniel Miller, Red Light Management / Fusion Music
13. Jake Owen
14. Hillary Scott
15. Marty Stuart

Newly appointed director-at-large members of the Board of Directors include:

1. Chuck Aly, Country Aircheck
2. Bradley Collins, BMI
3. Enzo DeVincenzo, Red Light Management
4. Crystal Dishmon, ShopKeeper Management
5. Shannan Hatch, SESAC
6. Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment Group
7. Gayle Holcomb, WME
8. Chris Janson
9. Jeff Krones, CAA
10. Cris Lacy, Warner Music Nashville
11. Lynn Oliver-Cline, River House Artists
12. Chris Parr, MAVERICK
13. Kelly Rich, Amazon
14. Peter Strickland
15. Neil Vance, L3 Entertainment
16. Brian Wright, UMG Nashville

“What a dynamic slate of new leaders joining the Academy of Country Music Board this term,” said Vaughn. “The men and women brought forward all share the passion to continue evolving the Academy of Country Music into its exciting future.”

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-2018

OFFICERS

Chairman: Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Nashville
President: Duane Clark, FBMM
Vice President: Ed Warm, Joe’s Live
Treasurer: Carmen Romano, FBMM
Parliamentarian: Paul Moore, PGM Connections, LLC.
Sergeant-at-Arms: Tim DuBois, Artist Management Partners
Secretary: Tommy Moore, Academy of Country Music

AFFILIATED

Lori Badgett, City National Bank
Buddy Cannon, Cannon Productions
Michael Knox, Music Knox / peermusic Nashville
John Marks, Spotify

ARTIST/ENTERTAINER/MBI

Lee Brice
CAM
Jake Owen
Hillary Scott
Marty Stuart

CLUB/CASINO/CONCERT-VENUE OPERATOR

Laura Connelly, LA Phil
Roger Gearhart, Graham Brothers Entertainment
Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens’ Enterprises
Troy Vollhoffer, PGP/Country Thunder Music Festivals

COMPOSER

Jessi Alexander
Lee Thomas Miller

MANAGER

Kerri Edwards, KPentertainment
Fletcher Foster, Iconic Entertainment
Mary Hilliard Harrington, Red Light Management
Daniel Miller, Red Light Management / Fusion Music

MEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS

Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media

MUSIC PUBLISHER/PRO

Frank Liddell, Carnival Music
Rusty Gaston, THiS Music

ON-AIR PERSONALITY

Bob Kingsley, Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40

RADIO

Tim Roberts, CBS Radio

RECORD COMPANY

Andrew Kautz, Big Machine Label Group
Gordon Kerr, Black River Entertainment
Cindy Mabe, Universal Music Group Nashville
David Macias, Thirty Tigers

TALENT AGENT

Steve Lassiter, APA
Curt Motley, United Talent Agency

TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER

Brad Garrett, Police Productions
Brian O’Connell, Live Nation

TV/MOTION PICTURE

Tom Forrest, taillight

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Chuck Aly, Country Aircheck
Bobby Bones, The Bobby Bones Show
Bradley Collins, BMI
Charlie Cook, Cumulus
George Couri, Triple 8 Management
Kele Currier, ASCAP
Enzo DeVincenzo, Red Light Management
Crystal Dishmon, Shopkeeper Management
Chris Farren, Combustion Music
Leslie Fram, CMT
Jay Frank, Universal Music Group Nashville
Ali Harnell, AEG Live
Jimmy Harnen, Big Machine Label Group
Shannan Hatch, SESAC
Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment Group
Gayle Holcomb, WME
Chris Janson
Jeff Krones, CAA
Cris Lacy, Warner Music Nashville
Jon Loba, Broken Bow Music Group
Harry Lyons, G-Major Management
Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management
Lynn Oliver-Cline, River House Artists
Chris Parr, MAVERICK
Rod Phillips, iHeart Media
Kelly Rich, Amazon
Liz Rose, Liz Rose Music
Kimberly Schlapman
Peter Strickland
Neil Vance, L3 Entertainment
Lane Wilson, WME
Brian Wright, Universal Music Group Nashville

PAST CHAIRS

Ken Tucker, Apple
Paul Barnabee
Darin Murphy, CAA
Ken Robold, Sony Music Nashville
Butch Waugh, Studio2bee
Rod Essig, CAA

About the Academy of Country Music®
Founded in Southern California in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® (ACM) is a fan-focused artist and industry-driven organization, providing the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of ACM LIFTING LIVES®, the charitable arm of the Academy which works to improve lives through the power of music. The Academy has a rich history in the entertainment industry, having been founded when Southern California was a hotbed of emerging country music and when Westerns were a staple of television programing and film production. Comprised of more than 4,900 professional members nationwide, the ACM is headquartered in Encino, Calif. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

Courtesy of ACM