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ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES OFFICERS AND NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2011-2012

11/01/2011

ENCINO, CA (November 1, 2011) – The Academy of Country Music is announcing its newly elected officers and Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 term.

Newly elected Officers for the Academy of Country Music include:

Chairman of the Board                          Sarah Trahern, Great American Country
President                                            Butch Waugh
Vice-President                                       Ken Robold, Universal Music Group
Treasurer                                            Duane Clark, FBM&M
Parliamentarian                           Paul Moore, WME
Secretary                                             Tiffany Moon, Academy of Country Music

This year, there are 6 qualifying professional categories that are elected by the Academy’s membership. In addition to those elected, director-at-large positions have been appointed by Chairman Sarah Trahern, President Butch Waugh and Vice President Ken Robold.  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.

 “The officers and the Board look forward to continued day-to-day involvement in the operations of the Academy,” said Trahern. “We’re delighted to have the commitment from so many industry leaders to help achieve the ongoing goals of the Academy and to sustain our ability to stay ahead of trends in country music.”

Those newly elected and appointed directors (below) will be added to our existing board of directors (full board listing attached):

CATEGORY                                                               ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

Affiliated                                                                       Tony Brown, TBE
Gary Haber, Haber Corporation

Artist/Entertainer/MBI                                                Craig Morgan
                                                                        John Rich
                                                                        Blake Shelton

Club/Casino/Venue Operator                                           Roger Gearhart, Graham Bros Entertainment

Manager                                                                        Robert Allen, 13 Management
                                                                        Ken Levitan, Vector Management

Music Publisher                                                            Pat Higdon, Universal Music Publishing

Record Company                                                           Tom Baldrica, Average Joe’s Entertainment
Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville
John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville
Jon Loba, BBR & Stoney Creek Records

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records/The Valory Music Co.
Benson Curb, Curb Records
John Dennis, Dennis Entertainment
Marc Driskill, ASCAP
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry
Jeff Garrison, CBS Radio
Brandon Gill, Morris Artists Management 
T.K. Kimbrell, T.K.O. Artist Management
Jay Liepis, iTunes
Greg McCarn, Black River Entertainment
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
Kimberly Perry
Fran Romeo, Romeo Entertainment Group
Ray Sliva, Best Buy
Ben Vaughn, EMI Music Publishing
Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar

About the Academy of Country Music
Founded in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC is an 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 music. The Academy is comprised of more than 3,800 professional members and is headquartered in Encino, Calif. For more information, log onto www.acmcountry.com or www.acmliftinglives.org.

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Media Contacts:

Brooke Primero
Ph 818.788.8000 x1419
brooke@acmcountry.com 

 

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011-2012

 

OFFICERS

Chairman                                                            Sarah Trahern, Great American Country
President            Butch Waugh
Vice President            Ken Robold, Universal Music Group


Treasurer                                                            Duane Clark, FBM&M
Parliamentarian                                                            Paul Moore, WME
Secretary                                                            Tiffany Moon, Academy of Country Music

PAST CHAIRS

Bill Mayne, Country Radio Broadcasters
Rod Essig, CAA
John Grady, Crush Management
Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley
Gayle Holcomb, WME

CATEGORY                                                            ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

Affiliated                                                              Tony Brown, TBE
Buddy Cannon, Cannon Productions
Tim DuBois, ASCAP
Gary Haber, Haber Corporation

Artist/Entertainer/MBI                                                  Craig Morgan
                                                                        John Rich
                                                                        Kimberly Schlapman
Blake Shelton

Club/Casino/Venue Operator                                   Roger Gearhart, Graham Brothers Entertainment
Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens’ Enterprises           
                                                                                                                                                           
Composer                                                            Chris DuBois, Sea Gayle Music

Manager                                                               Robert Allen, 13 Management
                                                                        Ken Levitan, Vector Management
Clarence Spalding, Spalding Entertainment

Media/Public Relations                                                Ken Tucker, Country Weekly

Music Publisher                                                      Pat Higdon, Universal Music Publishing
                                                                        Frank Liddell, Carnival Music
                       
On-Air Personality                                                Bob Kingsley, “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40”

Radio                                                                        Mike Culotta, WQYK-FM

Record Company                                                   Tom Baldrica, Average Joe’s Entertainment
Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville
Mike Dungan, Capitol Records Nashville
John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville
Jon Loba, BBR & Stoney Creek Records

Talent Agent                                                            Darin Murphy, CAA

Talent Buyer/Promoter                                                Suzanne Wilson, Wilson Events

TV/Motion Picture                                                Jay Frank, DigSin

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Brandon Blackstock, Starstruck Entertainment
Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Records/The Valory Music Co.
Clay Bradley, BMI
Luke Bryan
Charlie Cook, McVay Media
George Couri, Triple 8 Management
Benson Curb, Curb Records
John Dennis, Dennis Entertainment
Marc Driskill, ASCAP
Kerri Edwards, Red Light Management
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry
Scott Francis
Jeff Garrison, CBS Radio
Gail Gellman, Gellman Management
Brandon Gill, Morris Artists Management
Gary Haber, Haber Corporation
Greg Hill, McGhee Entertainment
Mary Hilliard Harrington, The GreenRoom
T.K. Kimbrell, T.K.O. Artist Management
Marion Kraft, ShopKeeper Management
Mike Kraski, Tenacity Management
Jay Liepis, iTunes
Greg McCarn, Black River Entertainment
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
Doug Nichols, Turner & Nichols and Associates
Brian O’Connell, Live Nation
Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment
Kimberly Perry
Fran Romeo, Romeo Entertainment Group
Ray Sliva, Best Buy
Ben Vaughn, EMI Music Publishing
Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar
Dwight Wiles, Smith, Wiles & Co.


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