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


John Esposito
  Warner Music Nashville
Sally Williams
  Ryman Auditorium
Bill Simmons
President Elect
  The Fitzgerald Hartley Company
Jessie Schmidt
  Schmidt Relations


Jim Beavers
Rob Beckham
  William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC
Mark Bright
  Mark Bright Productions
Kix Brooks
Frank Bumstead
  Flood, Bumstead, McCready,
& McCarthy, Inc.
Terry Calonge
  Richards & Southern
Tony Conway
  Conway Entertainment Group, LLC
J. William Denny
  Denny Properties
Bob DiPiero
  Love Monkey Music
Mike Dungan
  Universal Music Group Nashville
Ann Edelblute
  The H.Q.
Kerri Edwards
  KP Entertainment
Brett Eldredge
Ted Ellis
  Harbour Media Partners
Joe Galante
  Galante Entertainment Organization
Jeff Garrison
  Cox Media Group
Randy Goodman
  Sony Music Nashville
Kenny Greenberg
  Greenberg Music
Lon Helton
  Country Aircheck
Kurt Johnson
  Townsquare Media
Maria Molin Ljunggren
  Capitol Music Group Sweden
Michael Martin
Bill Mayne
  Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
Brian O’Connell
  Live Nation Nashville
Ralph Peer II
Stacey Schlitz
Scott Scovill
  Moo TV, CenterStaging, and Moo Creative Media
Sally Seitz
Jennie Smythe
  Girlilla Marketing
Troy Tomlinson
  Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Ed Warm
  Joe's Bar
Biff Watson
  Biff-Bangs Productions, Inc.

Directors At Large

Marcie Allen
  MAC Presents, LLC
Scott Borchetta
  Big Machine Label Group
Becky Brenner
  Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Country Radio Specialists
Luke Bryan
Steve Buchanan
  Opry Entertainment
Pat Collins
Gil Cunningham
  Neste Event Marketing
Ansel Davis
  Martingale Entertainment, LLC
Virginia Davis
  G-Major MGMT
Jay DeMarcus
  Rascal Flatts
Chris DuBois
  Sea Gayle Music
Kent Earls
  Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville
Karen Fairchild
  Little Big Town
John Hamlin
  Switched On Entertainment
Ed Hardy
  Hardy Media and Entertainment Group
Mary Hilliard Harrington
  Red Light Management
Clint Higham
  Morris Higham Management
John Huie
  Creative Artists Agency
Clay Hunnicutt
  Big Loud Records
Brett James
  Cornman Music
Marion Kraft
  ShopKeeper Management
Vivien Lewit
Jon Loba
  BBR Music Group
John Marks
Shane McAnally
Deb McDermott
  Media General
Ebie McFarland
  Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Mike McVay
  Cumulus Media
Mike Moore
  Entercom Communications
Charlie Morgan
  Emmis Communications
Jim Ed Norman
  The Curb Group
Milly Olykan
  AEG Europe
Jason Owen
  Sandbox Entertainment
Brian Philips
  CMT - Country Music Television
Rob Potts
  Rob Potts Entertainment Edge
Rod Phillips
Sherod Robertson
  MusicRow Enterprises
David Ross
  BossRoss Media
Darius Rucker
Victoria Shaw
  AvaRu Productions
Clarence Spalding
Bob Shennan
Jeff Stevens
  Jeff Stevens Music
Larry Vallon
  AEG Live
Ben Vaughn
  Warner/Chappell Music
Troy Vollhoffer
  Premiere Global Production Company
Dwight Wiles
  Smith Wiles & Company
Jody Williams
Chris Young


Jim Free
  The Smith-Free Group, LLC
Butch Spyridon
  Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
Kyle Young
  Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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