Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville
Ken Tucker, Apple
Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Nashville
Duane Clark, FBM&M
Paul Moore, PGM
Tiffany Moon, Academy of Country Music
Tony Brown, TBE
Buddy Cannon, Cannon Productions
Michael Knox, Music Knox / peermusic Nashville
Mike Kraski, Tenacity Management
Kathy Armistead Olen, Atticus Brand Partners
- Club/Casino/Venue Operator
Roger Gearhart, Graham Brothers Entertainment
Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens' Enterprises
Troy Volhoffer, Premier Global Partners
Ed Warm, Joe's Live
Lee Thomas Miller
George Couri, Triple 8 Management
Enzo DeVincenzo, Red Light Management
Chris Parr, MAVERICK
- Media/Public Relations
Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media
- Music Publisher
Frank Liddell, Carnival Music
Rusty Gaston, THiS Music
- On-Air Personality
Bob Kingsley, "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40"
Charlie Cook, Cumulus Nashville
- Record Company
Byron Gallimore, Streamsound
Cindy Mabe, Universal Music Group Nashville
David Macias, Thirty Tigers
Peter Strickland, Warner Music Nashville
- Talent Agency
Curt Motley, PARADIGM Agency
- Talent Buyer/Promoter
Brad Garrett, Police Productions
Brian O'Connell, LiveNation
- TV/Motion Picture
Tom Forrest, taillight
- Directors at Large
Chuck Aly, Country Aircheck
Bradley Collins, BMI
Benson Curb, Curb Records
Crystal Dishmon, Shopkeeper Management
Kerri Edwards, KPEntertainment
Seth England, Big Loud Shirt Music Publishing
Chris Farren, Combustion Music
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry
Leslie Fram, CMT
Jay Frank, Universal Music Group
Brandon Gill, Morris Artist Management
Jimmy Harnen, BMLG
Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley Co.
Pat Higdon, Patrick Joseph Music
Mary Hilliard Harrington, The GREENROOM
Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment Group
Gayle Holcomb, WME
Laura Hutfless, CAA
T.K. Kimbrell, T.K.O. Artist Management
John Loba, BBR Music Group
Greg McCarn, Black River Records
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management
Daniel Miller, Fusion Management
Chris Oliveria, CBS Radio
Carmen Romano, FBMM
Fran Romeo, Romeo Entertainment Group
Lane Wilson, WME
- Past Chairs
Darin Murphy, CAA
Ken Robold, Sony Music Nashville
Bill Mayne, Country Radio Broadcasters
Rod Essig, CAA
John Grady, Crush Management
Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley
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 Chairman of the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors, and is a board member of ACM Lifting Lives.
Ken Tucker, the Nashville-based Country and Christian Music Programmer for iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music, is a music industry veteran who has made his mark on the business in a number of senior positions.
Prior to joining the company, he was the managing editor of consumer publication Country Weekly. He spent more than seven years as the Nashville correspondent for Billboard and founding editor of the magazine’s Country Update.
Prior to joining Billboard, Tucker was co-national director of promotions at Warner Bros. Nashville. During his tenure, he was a key part of the team that launched superstar Faith Hill, among others.
A former adjunct professor at Belmont University, Tucker serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Country Music, is a lifetime member of the Country Music Association and a proud graduate of the Leadership Music Class of 2007.
Ben Vaughn is a 20+ year executive in the Music Industry. In 2012 Ben Vaughn was appointed EVP, Warner/Chappell Nashville. Prior, Vaughn had already become the youngest executive to head a major publisher in Nashville (EVP & GM, EMI) at 34, but now claimed the unique distinction of having overseen two major Nashville publishers.
At W/C, Vaughn helps advance the careers of many talented songwriters, including Brantley Gilbert, Nicolle Galyon , Ashley Gorley , Ben Hayslip, Brett James, Jay Joyce, Little Big Town, Lee Miller, Wendell Mobley, Liz Rose, and Chris Stapleton, among many others.
Recently, he's been instrumental in signing Lady Antebellum, Eric Paslay, Nathan Chapman, Ryan Kinder, Muddy Magnolias, Brooke Eden, Michael Ray, Lance Miller, and Magic Mustang Music.
Vaughn is Vice-President of the ACMs, and on the Board of the CMA, MusicComs, Belmont University's Music Industry Board, and active member of NMPA. He was recently inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel, his home state, and received the Belmont University/ASCAP Music Milestone Award in 2015.
Throughout Vaughn's career he's worked with songwriters who've collectively won Songwriter of the Year 10 times. Under Vaughn, W/C recently received ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year three years in a row, CMA Song of the Year for "Girl Crush" & ACM Song of the Year for "Automatic".
Vaughn started his professional career on Music Row at independent publisher, Big Tractor Music as GM when he was just 20 years old. Prior to that, Vaughn interned at Warner/Chappell, attended the Music Industry program at Belmont University and was a Country music DJ in his home state of Kentucky.
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 began his agency career in 1975 at Klein's Attractions in Chicago. While there, he booked talent for fairs and special events as well as learning the ins and outs of concert production. In 1978 he joined the Nashville office of the William Morris Agency as a secretary. Promoted to talent agent in 1979, he has helped guide countless careers in Country, Gospel, Contemporary Christian and Pop music. As part of the senior 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." Paul concluded his tenure of 36 years with the Agency in July of 2014, deciding that it was time to move on to the next chapter in his professional life.
He remains active in show business with the formation of PGM Connections, LLC, offering consultation for all facets of the entertainment industry. In addition to serving as a member of the Board and an Officer for the Academy of Country Music, Paul is a senior member of the Friends of the Arts at Belmont, an advisory Board for the College of Performance and Visual Arts at Belmont University in Nashville, and continues his association with several trade organizations.
His wife of 33 years, Beth, is a founding member of the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors and is currently employed by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center as Director of Community Relations. They are active in the community and their church, and are the exhausted but amused owners of two West Highland White Terriers.
DuBois is currently the President of Artist Management Partners, an artist management and publishing company with offices in Nashville and Dallas. He has had a long career as one of the most successful executives in the recording industry having led both Arista Records and Universal South Records. A Clinical Professor of Management at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management and long-time ASCAP member, DuBois’ storied career has included recognition as a songwriter, manager, record executive and producer. Five songs that he has co-written have been No. 1 hits. DuBois’ songs have received numerous awards, and two Grammy Award nominations. As a producer, his accolades have included over twenty No. 1 and top 5 singles and more than a dozen gold, platinum, and double platinum albums. Tapped to open a Nashville division of Arista Records in 1989, DuBois discovered and signed Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, BlackHawk, Pam Tillis and Diamond Rio. DuBois quickly turned the new label into one of the most successful in country music history, selling more than 100 million records worldwide in just 11 years. After serving as president of Gaylord Entertainment's Creative Content Group in 2001, DuBois went on to head Universal South Records with producer Tony Brown in 2002, a position he held until 2006. DuBois was recognized as the most powerful person in the music industry by Business Nashville in 1996, Record Executive of the year in 1992 by Pollstar, and was included in Entertainment Weekly's list of 101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment in 1994 and 1995. DuBois currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and has served as a board member of the Country Music Foundation, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Leadership Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is a co-founder and board member of MyWerx LLC, the former chairman of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a board member of Sun Trust Bank in Nashville.
As EVP, General Manager and Secretary to the Board, Tiffany manages the day-to-day operations of the Academy, overseeing all departments, while working closely with the CEO and Board of Directors. In more than ten years at the Academy, the organization has flourished under her direction, growing from a full time staff of six more than ten years ago, to 23 full time employees. She was a founding member of ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy's charitable arm, which has donated more than $10 million to worthy causes since its inception in 2008. Moon consistently bridges gaps between record labels, managers, agents and publicists to ensure and promote the continued success of the Academy. A Texas native, Tiffany holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Texas State University.