Chief Executive Officer
During the past 29 years, Bob Romeo has established himself as one of the top talent buyers and promoters in the business while maintaining the genuine character and values that the Nashville and music community cherishes. He currently serves as the CEO for the Academy of Country Music. Romeo began in the industry at the age of 16 servicing fairs and festivals for his father's business, the Don Romeo Agency. He went on to develop his own lighting and production company called Four Star Productions, through which he designed the first retractable stage top for outdoor concerts. Bob sold his company to Theatrical Media Services in the mid-1980s and purchased the family business in 1989, ascribing it the current moniker, Romeo Entertainment Group. Under that banner, he has been instrumental in boosting many artists' careers, including Kenny Chesney and other country music superstars. His television producing credits for the ACM include the "Academy of Country Music Awards," "ACM Presents: Artist of the Decade, Honoring George Strait," "ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo" and "ACM Presents: Girls' Night Out - Superstar Women of Country." Romeo also executive produced and consulted on television projects including "High Country Hits" and the TNN concert series "On-Stage." He has merited multiple accolades for his achievements in talent buying and booking, including two ACM Awards for Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year and the CMA Talent Buyer/SRO Award. He has more than three decades of experience in buying talent, two decades of serving as an ACM board member and eight years of being the Academy's Chairman of the Board (prior to becoming CEO).
EVP, Managing Director
As EVP, Tiffany works closely with the CEO and Officers of the Board, managing the day-to-day operations for the Academy and the Board of Directors. Additionally, she oversees the finances for the Academy and its charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives. She serves as Secretary to the Board for the ACM and Treasurer of ACM Lifting Lives, and was a founding member of ACM Lifting Lives. Prior to joining the Academy of Country Music in March of 2003, Moon spent five years as Operations Manager and West Coast Manager of Business Development at Initiative Media, the world's largest media buying company. A Texas native, Tiffany holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Texas State University.
SVP, Brand Integration & Strategic Partnerships
Teresa George has worked with the ACM for almost 12 years. She currently oversees brand integration and sponsorships. Since first working with the Academy through her entertainment marketing company, Cornerstone Communications, George has developed corporate partnerships for the organization with companies such as Dr Pepper, The Home Depot, Cover Girl, The RAM Truck Brand, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Miller/Coors, Neutrogena, Southwest Airlines, Westwood One, Justin, Wrangler and more. She helped create The Home Depot Humanitarian Award that was in the ACM Awards for a decade. In her career she spearheaded the largest consumer research study on music ever conducted in the U.S. In addition, she was creative consultant and associate producer on several television shows, has written hundreds of magazine articles and has authored two books on country music. Based in Nashville, George also works closely with CBS Television, GAC and Westwood One to further the Academy's television and radio impact. A Texas native, George holds a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications. Among her volunteer work, she serves on the board of directors of her local church and has served on the board of Cumberland Heights, one of the country's leading alcohol and drug treatment centers, and Leadership Music. George was also a founding board member of ACM Lifting Lives.
SVP, Creative & Content Production
Lisa Lee comes to the Academy after seven years at CMT, where she was the Hollywood correspondent and West Coast news bureau chief for "CMT Insider." Before moving to L.A., Lee spent 10 years in Nashville covering country music for CMT, CMT.com, country.com and the former TNN, reporting on events across the United States and in England, Japan, Canada and Switzerland. Her credits as a TV producer include news specials "Addicted to Addiction," "Sex in Videos: Where's the Line," "Natalie Vs. Toby" and "Controversy: Tammy Wynette," among others. As the Academy's SVP of Creative & Content Production, Lee oversees in-house video production and creative and serves as editor for the Academy's printed and digital materials--including "ACM Tempo," the ACM Awards program book, Academy eblasts and both the ACM and Lifting Lives websites. Lee is a liason with CBS creative departments and CBS.com for promos and creative surrounding the annual ACM Awards. Additionally, Lee manages fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year, working closely with partners GACTV.com and CBS.com. Lee is an Arkansas native and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She also earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Chicago.
SVP, PR & Marketing
Brooke Primero joined the Academy from BNC (now PMK-BNC), a leading entertainment PR and marketing firm, where she led the Special Events team - including working with the Academy for more than four years. Her experience in event marketing and media solutions resulted in highly successful campaigns during her nine years at the agency for clients including T-Mobile, General Motors, Screen Actors Guild, The Miss America Pageant, GUESS?, Red Bull, 7th on Sixth and more, and for magazine clients including Vanity Fair, People, Us Weekly, Sports Illustrated, etc. Prior to that with Paramount Pictures, she handled talent relations and was a key contributor to developing media and promotional events--ranging from film premieres, Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies and Oscar parties--for film launches including Mission Impossible, Titanic, First Wives' Club, Face/Off and more. Primero began her career as a journalist, working for Petersen Publishing and Disney Magazine Publishing, among others.
SVP, Operations & Events
Erick Long joined the Academy of Country Music in 2009 after many years in the events industry. He currently manages Operations & Events at the Academy including several components of the Academy of Country Music Awards, ACM Party for a Cause Festival as well as ACM Honors. Long oversees the general operations of the ACM, event production, red carpet, talent logistics, sponsor fulfillment, catering, board meetings, security, transportation, the All-Star Jam (official after party), IT, as well as the internship and volunteer programs.
Prior to joining the Academy, Long spent more than six years in special events at Universal Studios Hollywood where he managed large-scale events including the MTV Movie Awards After Party, the Tahitian Noni International Conference, Lance Armstrong's Tour of Hope, and New Year's Eve events, among others. Before Universal, Long spent more than 10 years in event production and operations with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Pallotta TeamWorks - Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Up with People as well as independent contracts with the Grammys, Latin Grammys, and the Inland Valley Humane Society. A Tennessee native, Long graduated from Emory & Henry College in Virginia. He has lived in Los Angeles since 2000.
Alexa Fasheh joined the Academy staff as director of finance in May. A Los Angeles native, Fasheh graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Over the past 11 years, Fasheh has worked as an accountant for a variety of CPA firms. She will report to ACM EVP Tiffany Moon and will handle the Academy’s books and benefits packages.
Manager, Creative & Content Production
Originally from New Jersey, Lauren Brauchli graduated from Ithaca College in 2011 with a degree in Television/Radio. She spent the spring semester of her junior year interning at the Academy as a part of the Creative Department. In 2010, Brauchli was involved with the production of a documentary film, titled "Bound By Hope, One Family's Story." The film followed a 4-year-old boy who suffered from a rare genetic disease known as FOP. In the spring of 2011, the piece was a recipient of a College Television Award, a nationwide competition that recognizes the excellence of student produced video. Brauchli was hired on full-time at the Academy following her graduation in May 2011.
Manager, Brand Integration & Strategic Partnerships
Amy Cannon is a North Carolina native who moved to Music City to earn a degree in psychology, graduating as Valedictorian and summa cum laude from Lipscomb University. Prior to joining the Academy, she worked at Lipscomb University's Development Office on Alumni Relations before taking a job with Teresa George at Cornerstone Communications. While at Cornerstone, she spent much of her time on ACM sponsorship and client relationships. With more than 2,500 sponsors attending the ACM Awards each year, Cannon's attention to detail has been immensely valuable. Now an Academy staffer, Cannon continues to work with George on the organization's brand integration and strategic partnerships. She is a member of SOLID, Nashville's premiere organization for young music business professionals, and volunteers her time as a youth soccer coach for the YMCA.
Social Media Manager, PR & Marketing
Jenny Driessen hails from Menasha, Wisconsin. She holds a B.A. in Public Relations and Communication from the University of Southern California. Driessen joined the ACM in 2010 as an events department intern and was promoted to Coordinator, Membership & Events. Driessen moved to the position of Social Media Coordinator, reporting to Brooke Primero, SVP Publicity and Lisa Lee, SVP Creative, PR & Production. Jenny will oversee and implement the social media strategy for the Academy.
Manager, ACM Lifting Lives
Hannah Martin joined the ACM staff in January 2013 after working at WME in Beverly Hills for three years. Originally from Mississippi, Martin graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science and an emphasis in Hospitality Management. Martin was fortunate to be given the opportunity to work for Gayle Holcomb during her last two years at WME in the Fair & Festival department. Gayle was instrumental in Martin’s transition to the Academy where she serves as an ACM and ACM Lifting Lives board member and led Martin into the relationship of a lifetime with the ACM staff. Martin is thankful to work as Manager of Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, and is ecstatic to be a part of improving lives through the power of music.
Videographer/Editor, Creative & Content Production
Nick Sammons joined the ACM team in 2011 after working as a freelance videographer and running his own small production company, Goofy Foot Films. His experience ranges from music videos and documentaries to events and non-profit organization production. A Delaware native, he graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in film production. A member of the ACM Creative, PR & Production department, Sammons' work includes shooting and editing Academy projects, including ACM events, artist interviews, performances and profiles, as well as day-to-day management of the ACM video archive.
Publicist, PR & Marketing
Jenelle Scott, originally from Linden, California, has a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Scott interned at the Academy for two years in the PR and Marketing department while attending college and recently came back to join the team as Publicist. Prior to joining the Academy, she worked at Cold River Records as day-to-day manager for Katie Armiger and also as a publicist at one of the top PR firms in Nashville.
Executive Assistant to Bob Romeo
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Zolezzi moved to California to begin her career as a caterer and special events coordinator in the movie and television industry. She moved into the corporate world 16 years ago, and for eight years served as the executive assistant to the CFO of Guitar Center. Zolezzi is the Executive Assistant to CEO, Bob Romeo.
Manager, Operations & Events
Kate Kramer attended Louisiana State University, where she graduated with a degree in business management. While at school she interned as an event coordinator with the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. A native of Eureka, Calif., Kramer joined the Academy as the Operations & Events intern in the spring of 2011 and then was hired full-time as Coordinator for the department. Kramer will report to Erick Long, Senior Vice President of Operations & Events, with whom she works closely in managing the logistics of the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Academy's office in Encino and several other key events during the year with a focus on planning, internships, credentials, security, red carpet, transportation and catering.
Assistant, Operations & Events
Edbrooke has joined the Academy staff after interning in the Operations & Events department for two years. Originally from Connecticut, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a degree in Public Relations and Sports Media Studies. While in school she interned with ESPN, the New Jersey Nets’ D-League affiliate, and the athletic departments at both UConn and USC – but her love for country music led her to a full-time position with the Academy. Edbrooke will report to Erick Long, SVP of Operations & Events, focusing on logistics including planning, credentials, security, red carpet, transportation and catering.
Manager, Administration & Operations
Atlanta-born and Chicago-raised, Tommy Moore attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he recently graduated with a degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Communications. He was able to share his life-long love for country music with others when he began working in country radio in 2009. Reporting to Tiffany Moon, EVP Managing Director, and Erick Long, VP. Operations, Tommy helps coordinate overall administration of the ACM office with focus on operations, finance, Board of Directors communication and aspects of the professional membership.
Assistant, Administration & Operations
Todd, a Calgary, Canada, native, joined the Academy after graduating from Pepperdine University with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications in May 2013. While attending Pepperdine, she served as the Director of Events for a non-profit on campus, as well as VP of Communications for her sorority. She reports to EVP, Tiffany Moon.
Coordinator, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnership
Lindsay Potts is a graduate from The University of Rhode Island where she earned degrees in Communication and Psychology. Potts represented the smallest state as a leader on the URI women’s volleyball team. While in school she spent time interning at Sony Picture Entertainment in Culver City, CA with Screen Gems post production team. The Texas native is returning to her southern roots to join the Academy in the Nashville based Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships division as Coordinator. She reports to Amy Cannon, Manager, Brand Integration & Strategic Partnerships.
Saloman joined the Academy in November 2011 as the assistant in the Membership & Industry Relations department. With her recent promotion to Manager, Membership & Industry Relations, Saloman will maintain the Academy's awards voting research, liaise with the Academy's voting partner and various committees, manage the Academy's membership initiatives and key industry events. A native of Massachusetts, Saloman attended Belmont University, where she earned degrees in Music Business and Finance.
Nauman, an Austin, Texas, native, joined the Academy after graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Tourism Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business in May 2012. While attending ASU, she completed internships with the Academy and in country radio with Clear Channel Radio. She also interned in event management with the 2011 Arizona State Fair. She reports to Michelle Goble, Senior Vice President, Membership & Industry Relations.