Ken Robold, is president of Southern Ground Artists, where he oversees the record label, publishing arm and studio division of Zac Brown's company. The roster includes Zac Brown Band, Blackberry Smoke, Clay Cook, Nic Cowan, Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowery, The Wheeler Boys and The Wood Brothers.
Before joining Southern Ground, Robold spent 22 years with Polygram/Universal Music Group, where he was most recently the general manager of UMG Nashville. Formerly Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for the label group, Robold assumed additional responsibilities for the group's sales, marketing, and new media departments when he was promoted to General Manager in January 2004. Prior to joining Universal Music Nashville, Robold worked in a variety of capacities at Polygram Records, Polygram Group Distribution and most recently, Mercury Records. Robold, a Long Island native, is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Robold is a member of the ACM, CMA, NARAS, and also serves on the board of Avenue Bank.
Darin Murphy is an Agent in the Music department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Murphy co-heads the Music department in the Nashville office and represents many of the world’s leading musicians, including The Dixie Chicks, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Cassadee Pope and Hunter Hayes.
Darin began his career at the William Morris Agency. He joined CAA in 1998.
Darin graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Business Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the ACM.
Paul Barnabee, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sony Music Nashville, has more than 20 years of record company experience with a diverse background, having worked in many divisions of the company. He joined Sony Music Nashville, formerly the RCA Label Group, in 1995, and was responsible for the day-to-day and overall financial health of the label group for over 15 years. Barnabee then went on to oversee sales, digital business and operational functions of the company. In 2011, he was appointed head of marketing for Sony Music Nashville and its three imprints – RCA, Columbia and Arista Nashville. In his current role, he oversees the Creative Services, Media, Marketing and Digital Business departments. The label group roster includes Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young, among many others (for a complete listing visit www.sonymusicnashville.com). A native of East Islip, New York, Paul Barnabee earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University at Albany - SUNY, where he also earned his CPA license. Before coming to Nashville, he held the positions of Controller and Financial Analyst for Polygram Records in New York. Barnabee served on the Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee for five years, and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors, and is a board member of ACM Lifting Lives.
After graduating from a leading recording technology program in West Texas, Duane Clark (born and raised in Canadian Texas) moved to Nashville in 1992 with his sights set on working in the recording industry from behind a recording console. It didn't take long before the business side of the industry captivated his interest. He enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he graduated with a major in Recording Industry Management and a minor in Business Administration in 1994. While completing classes before graduation, he became excited about an artist and decided to dive head first into the industry by establishing a management company venture with a close friend. That venture provided an education not available in a classroom in touring, publishing, concert promotion and the recording process. In 1998 Clark joined O'Neil Hagaman and gained exposure to the duties of a business manager and was instantly hooked. After four years Clark joined Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy as an Account Manager and has since been elevated to Business Manager and Vice President and ultimately Owner in 2008. He and his staff provide consultation and logistical support to his clients in areas such as tax accounting, tour planning, merchandise operations, contract negotiations, royalty analysis and personal financial planning. Clark is a member of the CMA, ACM, NARAS, an alumni member of S.O.L.I.D and 2006 Alumni of Leadership Music. He enjoys participating with his firm in charitable and volunteer endeavors including Habitat for Humanity.
Paul started his agency career at WME 35 years ago, joining the Nashville office of the William Morris Agency in 1978 as a secretary to the head of the office. Over the decades, he has had the opportunity to help guide countless careers not only in country music, but in Gospel, contemporary Christian and pop music as well.
As part of the management team for William Morris and later WME, he was co-head of the office in Nashville for 23 years until passing the baton to the "next generation." He continues to oversee the business of booking concert dates for WME clients of all musical genres at major fairs, rodeos, outdoor events and festivals across the country and works directly with such legendary artists as Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Roy Clark.
His wife of 32 years, Beth, serves on the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors and is a Director of Community Relations for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They are active in the community and their church, and are the exhausted but amused owners of two West Highland White Terriers.
As Secretary to the Board of Directors, Tiffany works closely with the Chairman of the Board and manages the day-to-day needs of board members. Additionally, she manages all show ticketing needs of members, assists with ACM Lifting Lives and manages the Academy's gift program. Tiffany also serves as EVP, Managing Director at the Academy of Country Music.