Board of Directors

CMA Board of Directors History

The CMA Board of Directors was established in 1959, a year after CMA was founded as the first trade organization formed to promote a genre of music. Initially, the Board included nine directors and five officers. Wesley Rose, President of Acuff-Rose Music Publishing, Inc., and music executive Connie B. Gay were elected CMA Board Chairman and President, respectively. Eddy Arnold and Harold Moon were Vice Presidents, Hubert Long was named Treasurer and Mac Wiseman was chosen to be Secretary. Early years of the Board featured the Chairman and President serving two-year terms in their roles. An organized succession in CMA’s volunteer leadership was established in 2003; four Directors also serve as Officers of the Board, those being Chairman, President, President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer. This move established a line of succession with the President-Elect moving to President and the President becoming Chairman


Ed Hardy
Frank Bumstead
  Flood, Bumstead, McCready,
& McCarthy, Inc.
Jessie Schmidt
  Schmidt Relations
John Esposito
President Elect
  Warner Music Nashville


Becky Brenner
  Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Country Radio Specialists
Kix Brooks
  Don't Miss This, LLC
Steve Buchanan
  Grand Ole Opry Group
Natalie Conner
Tony Conway
  Conway Entertainment Group LLC
Eric Darken
J. William Denny
  Denny Properties
Tom Douglas
  Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Tim DuBois
  AMP, Inc.
Karen Fairchild
  Little Big Town
Lon Helton
  Country Aircheck
Pat Higdon
  Patrick Joseph Music
Charlie Judge
  Charlie Judge Music
Marion Kraft
  ShopKeeper Management
Shane McAnally
Ebie McFarland
  Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Mike Moore
  Entercom Communications
Charlie Morgan
  Emmis Communications
Kevin Neal
  William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
Milly Olykan
  AEG Europe
Gary Overton
  Sony Music Nashville
Ralph Peer II
Brian Philips
  CMT - Country Music Television
Rob Potts
  Rob Potts Entertainment Edge
Clarence Spalding
  Spalding Entertainment
Jeff Stevens
  Jeff Stevens Music
Larry Vallon
  AEG Live
Jeff Walker
  The AristoMedia Group
Dwight Wiles
  Smith Wiles & Company
Jody Williams
Sally Williams
  The Ryman Auditorium

Directors At Large

Charlie Anderson
  Anderson Media Corporation
Rob Beckham
  William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
Dierks Bentley
Scott Borchetta
  Big Machine Label Group
Luke Bryan
Charlie Cook
Jay DeMarcus
  Rascal Flatts
John Dickey
  Cumulus Media
Bob DiPiero
  Love Monkey Music
Chris DuBois
  Sea Gayle Music
Mike Dungan
  Universal Music Group
Ann Edelblute
  The H.Q.
Kerri Edwards
  Red Light Management
Ted Ellis
  CMT Canada
Joe Galante
  Galante Entertainment Organization
Clint Higham
  Morris Artists Management Group
John Huie
  Creative Artists Agency
Clay Hunnicutt
  Clear Channel
Brett James
  Cornman Music
Kurt Johnson
  Townsquare Media
Michael Knox
Darin Lashinsky
  National Shows 2
Ken Levitan
  Vector Management
Jon Loba
  Broken Bow Records
Michael Martin
Deb McDermott
  Young Broadcasting
Brian O’Connell
  Live Nation
Jason Owen
  Sandbox Entertainment
David Ross
  BossRoss Media
Stacey Schlitz
  Schlitz Law
Sally Seitz
Victoria Shaw
  Victoria Shaw Songs
Bob Shennan
Bill Simmons
  The Fitzgerald Hartley Company
Troy Tomlinson
  Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Mike Vaden
  Decosimo Vaden
Ben Vaughn
  Warner/Chappell Music
Ed Warm
  Joe's Bar
Chris Young


Jim Free
  The Smith-Free Group, LLC
Kyle Young
  Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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