After serving on the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors for 14 years, Pete Fisher will take the helm of the Academy of Country Music as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017, where he will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of all Academy business.
Prior to joining the Academy, Fisher was Vice President, General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, a post he held for 17 years, overseeing all activities of the world’s longest-running radio show and the historic 4,400 seat venue. During his tenure there, he produced weekly Opry shows and special projects, transformed the Opry show to enjoy record attendance and superstar artist participation, and was credited with proactive talent booking, upgrading Opry production values, growing distribution of the Opry radio programming domestically and internationally, and serving as Executive Producer on more than 300 television episodes and specials, including Grand Ole Opry 75th Anniversary (CBS), Grand Ole Opry, Live at Carnegie Hall (GAC & DVD), Country Comes Home (GAC), Opry Live (TNN, CMT & GAC), Noteworthy at the Opry (GAC) as well as the GRAMMY-nominated concert film, American Saturday Night – Live From The Grand Ole Opry (DigiNext/Carmike), among others.
Fisher’s early experience includes artist management with Fisher Raines Entertainment and music publishing at WarnerSongs, Inc. He currently serves on the boards for the Academy of Country Music, ACM Lifting Lives, MusiCares, the Opry Trust Fund, Chair of the Board of Trust for the College of Media and Entertainment at his alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, and the advisory board for Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.
He is active with various other charitable organization such as, City of Hope, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Haitian relief organizations, J/P HRO and Music Heals International. In 2015, he was recognized as an American Master by the Berklee College of Music, an Award whose recipients include Eddie Bayers, T Bone Burnett, Jim Ed Norman, David Rawlings, Gillian Welch. In 2013, he received the Inspiration Award at Inspire Nashville. In 2004, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus from his alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University.
He and his wife, Hope, live in Brentwood, Tennessee, and have two sons, Sean (28) and Chris (21). They plan to relocate to Los Angeles full time, in 2017.
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 15 years. She currently oversees brand integration and strategic partnerships. Since first working with the Academy through her entertainment marketing company, Thrive (formerly Cornerstone Communications), George has developed corporate partnerships for the organization with companies such as Dr Pepper, Wal-Mart, The RAM Truck Brand, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Miller/Coors, Kohl's, Southwest Airlines, Justin, Wrangler and more. She helped create The Home Depot Humanitarian Award that was in the ACM Awards for a decade. She has also worked closely with other strategic partners including CBS Television, Cumulus Radio and the Dallas Cowboys among others.
Before joining the Academy, 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. 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 Leadership Music. George was also a founding board member of ACM Lifting Lives.
SVP, Creative & Content Production
Lisa Lee drew on her experience as a TV journalist and producer to help establish and grow an in-house creative and video production department for the Academy in 2007. Currently serving as Senior Vice President of Creative and Content Production, Lee is the Academy’s lead staff producer and oversees all video production as well as the design, creation and editing of ACM logos, digital and printed materials—including ACM Tempo magazine, the ACM Awards program book, A-List eblasts and both the ACM and ACM Lifting Lives websites. Lee also serves as a liaison with CBS creative departments and CBS.com for promos and creative surrounding the annual ACM Awards. Lee was also named producer of the live ACM Honors event, staged annually at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Before joining the Academy staff, Lee got her start in the country music industry as an entertainment journalist, spending 10 years in Nashville as an on-air reporter for CMT, CMT.com, country.com and the former TNN, reporting on events across the United States and in England, Japan, Canada and Switzerland. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 as the Hollywood correspondent and West Coast news bureau chief for the weekly show CMT Insider, covering music, movies and television.
Lee is a Cabot, 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. Lee recently authored the book This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards. The book was published by Insight Editions and is available nationwide.
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.
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.
Alexa Fasheh first joined the Academy staff as Director of Finance in 2011. A Los Angeles native, Fasheh graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She then went on to work as an accountant for a variety of CPA firms, including the Haber Corporation where she spent 5 years as the ACM's outside accountant before joining the ACM staff full-time.
In her role as Director of Finance, Fasheh oversees the Academy's finances and benefits packages, as well as credentials for the ACM Awards. She reports to ACM EVP Tiffany Moon.
Videographer/Editor, Creative & Content Production
Brandon Campbell has joined the Academy's Creative & Content Production team as Videographer/Editor. Atlanta-born and Tennessee-raised, Campbell graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where he studied Electronic Media Communications with a focus on single camera production.
Prior to joining the ACM's Los Angeles-based staff, Campbell spent six years freelancing in Nashville where he worked with various awards shows and artists—including Keith Urban, Mutemath and many more—before eventually joining Hunter Hayes' team full time for three years. In 2014, Campbell took part in Hayes’ Guinness World Record for “Most Live Concerts Played in 24 Hours in Different Cities” by staying awake for a total of 44 hours to document all 10 shows in 10 different cities.
Campbell will report to Lisa Lee, Senior Vice President, Creative & Content Production.
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.
Manager, Brand Integration & Strategic Partnerships
Megan Carmean joined the Academy’s Nashville office as Manager, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships on January 5, 2015. She will be joining the sponsorship team to secure partnerships and build relationships for ACM events.
She previously worked for the American Cancer Society from 2010-2014 as Community Manager, Income Development securing corporate sponsorships and developing volunteer initiatives with their signature fundraising event, Relay For Life. Megan is from Benton, Arkansas and a graduate of Arkansas Tech University where she received a double degree in Communications and Theatre with a minor in Public Relations.
Manager, Administration & Operations
Atlanta-born and Chicago-raised, Tommy Moore attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he 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. Tommy joined the Academy in 2011 and reports to Tiffany Moon, EVP-Managing Director. Tommy helps manage overall administration of the ACM office with focus on operations, ticketing, finance, Board of Directors communication and aspects of the professional membership.
Junior Publicist, PR & Marketing
The Academy's Los Angeles-based PR & Marketing department recently welcomed Melissa Moldovan to the team as Junior Publicist.
A Chicago native, Moldovan moved to California in 2001 and has spent the past 3-and-a-half years working for the nationally syndicated radio show The Big Time with Whitney Allen. Moldovan worked as an assistant producer and fill-in co-host while simultaneously developing the show's social media platforms. Her work eventually led to the creation of a Social Media Coordinator position, which Moldovan undertook in addition to her other roles.
Moldovan will report to Brooke Primero, Senior Vice President, PR & Marketing.
Coordinator, Administration & Membership
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Alverson moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to attend UCLA where he majored in political science. While in school, Gentry interned at both ROAR and Career Artist Management before joining the ACM team as an intern for the Administration & Operations department. Upon graduation, he continued on full-time with the Academy as an assistant in the Administration department.
In his role as Coordinator, Administration & Membership, Alverson coordinates overall administration of the ACM office with a focus on professional membership, finance and Board of Directors communication. He reports to Tiffany Moon, EVP, Managing Director.
Coordinator, Operations & Events
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Edbrooke interned with the Academy's Operations & Events team for two years before joining the staff full time as assistant in 2014. In her role as Coordinator, Operations & Events, Edbrooke oversees operations for the ACM Awards team, including sponsor fulfillment, credentials, catering, transportation, red carpet logistics and the All-Star Jam official after party. She also coordinates logistics for the quarterly ACM Board of Directors meetings and assists with the annual ACM Honors event.
Prior to joining the Academy's Los Angeles based staff, Edbrooke held internships with ESPN's social integration department, the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland’s promotions department and the Brooklyn Nets' D-League affiliate PR & marketing team. When she’s not in the office, Edbrooke can be found on the field playing soccer for a co-ed league or traveling to locations such as Haiti, where her passion for philanthropic work has led her to sponsor a little boy named Lukenson. Edbrooke reports to Tiffany Moon, EVP, Managing Director, and Erick Long, SVP, Operations & Events.
Coordinator, Creative & Content Production
A California native, Payne attended UCLA where she majored in communication studies and minored in Spanish. She first joined the ACM team in 2014 as an intern for the Academy's charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives, before continuing on full-time as an assistant in the Creative & Content Production and PR & Marketing departments. In her role as Coordinator, Creative & Content Production, Payne will help coordinate the day-to-day management of the Academy's websites, photo archives, A-List eblasts and ACM Tempo, among other duties.
Prior to joining the Academy, Payne interned with Music for Relief, a non-profit organization started by Linkin Park, and also worked as an English teacher throughout various cities in China and Inner Mongolia. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering and doing anything in the outdoors. Payne reports to Lisa Lee, SVP, Creative & Content Production.
Assistant, Creative & Content Production/PR & Marketing
Bree Lutjens recently joined the ACM staff as Assistant for both the Creative & Content Production and PR & Marketing departments.
Originally from California's Central Valley, Lutjens spent the past four years in San Diego, where she studied Public Relations and Economics at San Diego State University. During that time, she worked with SDSU's homecoming team as the Associated Students' Marketing and Communications Coordinator while also serving as an ambassador to incoming university students each summer.
In addition to her involvement within the SDSU campus, Lutjens also spent 2-and-a-half years working for San Diego County's local PBS station KPBS and most recently spent three months working at a financial investment firm.
Bree reports to Brooke Primero, Senior Vice President, PR & Marketing, and Lisa Lee, Senior Vice President, Creative & Content Production.
Assistant, Operations & Events
Originally from Petaluma, Calif., Stessman spent the last four years on the East Coast where she studied broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University. While in school, Stessman kept busy with multiple internships at NBC's Affiliate Marketing Department, The Meredith Vieira Show and The TODAY Show, as well as the Academy of Country Music--where she worked with the Operations & Events team for the Academy's historic 50th Anniversary in Texas.
Although newly transplanted to Los Angeles, Stessman currently commutes to the Bay Area for all Oakland Raiders home games--despite being a Denver Broncos fan--in order to work on their game-day corporate partnerships team.
Stessman reports to Erick Long, SVP, Operations & Events.
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.