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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