Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Nashville
Duane Clarke, FBMM
Ed Warm, Joe's Live
Carmen Romano, FBMM
Paul Moore, PGM Connections, LLC.
Tim DuBois, Artist Management Partners
Tommy Moore, Academy of Country Music
Lori Badgett, City National Bank
Buddy Cannon, Cannon Productions
Michael Knox, Music Knox / peermusic Nashville
John Marks, Spotify
- Club/Casino/Venue Operator
Laura Connelly, LA Phil
Roger Gearhart, Graham Brothers Entertainment
Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens' Enterprises
Troy Volhoffer, PGP/Country Thunder Music Festivals
Lee Thomas Miller
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
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 Agency
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
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
Neil Vance, L3 Entertainment
Lane Wilson, WME
Brian Wright, Universal Music Group Nashville
- Past Chairs
Ken Tucker, Apple
Darin Murphy, CAA
Ken Robold, Sony Music Nashville
Butch Waugh, Studio2bee
Bill Mayne, Country Radio Broadcasters
Rod Essig, CAA
John Grady, Crush Management
Mark Hartley, Fitzgerald Hartley
Ben Vaughn is one of the most accomplished Executives in the Nashville Music Industry. In 2017, Vaughn was appointed President for Warner/Chappell Nashville. Previously, Vaughn had already become the youngest executive to head a major publisher in Nashville (EVP & GM, EMI) but now claims the rare distinction of having overseen two major Nashville publishers. Prior to his work at the majors, Vaughn ran an independent music publishing company at the age of 20.
At Warner/Chappell, Vaughn heads the company’s entire Nashville operation. . He oversees all creative and commercial activities across A&R, administration, business development, finance, and human resources. Vaughn also works with staff songwriters, while actively engaging in songwriter advocacy and rights protection initiatives.
Throughout Vaughn’s career, he’s worked with songwriters who have collectively won ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC Songwriter of the Year eleven times and Song of the Year (across the CMAs, ACMs and Grammys) 18 times. Under Vaughn, Warner/Chappell recently received the award for ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year four years in a row.
At Warner/Chappell, the roster includes Rhett Akins, Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Nathan Chapman, Dave Cobb, Dan + Shay, Jesse Frasure, Nicolle Galyon, Brantley Gilbert, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Brett James, Jay Joyce, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Kelley Lovelace, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Lee Miller, Randy Montana, Brothers Osborne, Eric Paslay, Liz Rose, and Chris Stapleton, among others. Vaughn has also worked with noted songwriters such as Guy Clark, Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, The Warren Brothers, Chris Young, and many more.
Vaughn is the Chairman of the ACM Board, is on the board for the CMA, Music Comms, and Belmont University’s Music Industry Advisory Board, and is a member of NMPA.
Other notable accomplishments include being named one of Billboard’s Top 50 Nashville Power Players and 40 Under 40 multiple times, being inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel, his home state, and receiving the Belmont University/ASCAP Music Milestone Award.
After graduating from a leading recording technology program in West Texas, Duane Clark moved to Nashville in 1992 with his sights set on working in the recording industry. 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.
In 1998 Clark joined O'Neil Hagaman where he 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.
In 2014, Clark was named CMA SRO Business Manager of the Year. He is a member of the ACM, CMA, and NARAS, as well as an alumni member of S.O.L.I.D and the 2006 Leadership Music Graduate Class. He enjoys participating with his firm in charitable and volunteer endeavors including Habitat for Humanity.
Ed Warm is a partner in Joe's Bar, Joe's Live, and two Bub City locations in Chicago, as well as the Windy City Smokeout Festival. Ed also promotes shows at The Rave in Milwaukee and books private events around the midwest. At Joe's Bar, Ed has built the longest-running live country music venue that Chicago's ever had. His passion for country music is worn on his sleeve, and he is proud to be part of that community.
Ed just completed his term as Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives and is the Past Chairman of IEBA. He has won the ACM Award for Promoter of the Year 3 times, and his clubs have won the ACM Nightclub of the Year Award 5 times. Besides ACM Lifting Lives, he has served on the board of Receptions for Research and CreatiVets, among others.
Ed and his wife Lauren reside in Chicago, IL. He is a proud graduate of Indiana University.
Carmen Romano was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. He graduated Bloomfield College with a B.S. in Accounting in 1985. Upon graduation he immediately began his accounting career with a mid-size firm in New Jersey.
Romano quickly realized that he had an interest in the entertainment industry and subsequently began working as a staff accountant for the firm Padell Nadell Fine Weinberger and Co. in 1987. He was promoted to Business Manager in 1993. In 1996 Romano became owner and President of Progressive Business Management. On January 1, 2005 Romano opened the New York office for Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy Inc., already a prominent Business Management firm in Tennessee, and became a shareholder of the company in 2010.
Romano is a member of the ACM, CMA and NARAS. His clients include Brantley Gilbert, Cam, Diplo, MGMT, Michael Franti and others. He enjoys hobbies such as running, boating and scuba diving. Romano currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife Peggy and three children, Nicole, Gabriella and Michael.
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, and later promoted to the executive level, he 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.
He currently teaches at Belmont University as an adjunct professor both in the Curb College of Music Business, and the College of Performance and Visual Arts.
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 advisory Board for the College of Performance and Visual Arts at Belmont, and continues his association with several trade organizations.
His wife of 37 years, Beth, is a founding member of the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors and is currently employed by Vanderbilt Medical 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.
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