CMA Elects New Board of Directors Scott Frans December 16, 2015 Appointments Take Effect Jan. 1, 2016 NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association announced today the new Board of Directors. The appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2016. Frank Bumsteadcompletes his term as Chairman of the CMA Board and current CMA Board President John Esposito, President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, assumes that post. CMA President-Elect Sally Williams, General Manager of Ryman Auditorium, will become President. Bill Simmons, Vice President at The Fitzgerald Hartley Company, has been named President-Elect. Jessie Schmidt, President of Schmidt Relations, returns as Secretary/Treasurer of the CMA Board. It’s been an honor to be Chairman of the CMA Board,” said Bumstead. “Serving an industry I love, with people I respect, has been a career highlight. I may be stepping down as Chairman, but I’m not stepping away from the critical work of this Board and the important goals of this organization and I am very confident in John Esposito and Sally Williams to continue this important mission.” “Chairing the CMA Board at this important point in our history is a privilege,” said Esposito. “2016 is a pivotal time as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards, expand the footprint of Country Music internationally, and develop ways to keep CMA Music Festival fresh for our fans. I’m thankful to my tenacious and passionate colleague Frank Bumstead for his valuable tutoring and look forward to working alongside President Sally Williams as we tackle new, exciting opportunities that will hopefully benefit the entire industry.” Following is a list of 2016 CMA Directors and Directors at Large: Directors By Membership Category Carryover Directors, who are serving the second year of a two-year term, are followed by newly-elected Directors (indicated in bold). Advertising/Public Relations/Media Lon Helton, Country Aircheck Affiliated Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization Bill Mayne, Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Artist Brett Eldredge Kix Brooks Composer Jim Beavers Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music Entertainment Services Stacey Schlitz, SchlitzLAW Frank Bumstead, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc. International Ted Ellis, CMT Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Maria Molin Ljunggren, Capitol Music Group Sweden Marketing/Digital Jennie Smythe, Girlilla Marketing Sally Seitz, iTunes Music Publisher/Performing Rights Organization Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Michael Martin, ASCAP Musician Kenny Greenberg, Greenberg Music Biff Watson, Biff-Bangs Productions, Inc. Personal Manager Kerri Edwards, KP Entertainment Ann Edelblute, The HQ Producer/Engineer/Studio Mark Bright, Mark Bright Productions Radio Kurt Johnson, Townsquare Media, Dallas, Texas Jeff Garrison, Cox Media Group, San Antonio, Texas Record Company Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville Randy Goodman, Sony Music Nashville Talent Agent Rob Beckham, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC Talent Buyer/Promoter Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Nashville Tony Conway, Conway Entertainment Group Touring Personnel Scott Scovill, Moo TV, CenterStaging, and Moo Creative Media Terry Calonge, Richards & Southern Venue Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar, Chicago, Ill. Lifetime Directors J. William Denny, Denny Properties Ralph Peer II, peermusic Ex-Officio Members Jim Free, The Smith-Free Group, LLC, Washington, D.C. Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Butch Spyridon, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation Directors at Large: Marcie Allen, MAC Presents, LLC, New York, N.Y. Becky Brenner, Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Country Radio Specialists, Seattle, Wash. Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group Luke Bryan Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment Group Pat Collins, SESAC 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 John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town John Hamlin, Switched On Entertainment Ed Hardy, Hardy Media and Entertainment Group Clint Higham, Morris Higham Management Mary Hilliard Harrington, The GreenRoom John Huie, Creative Artists Agency Clay Hunnicutt, Big Loud Records Brett James, Cornman Music Marion Kraft, ShopKeeper Management Vivien Lewit, YouTube Jon Loba, BBR Music Group John Marks, Spotify Shane McAnally, Smack Songs, LLC Deb McDermott, Media General Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media Mike McVay, Cumulus Media, Atlanta Mike Moore, Entercom Communications, Portland, Ore. Charlie Morgan, Emmis Communications, Indianapolis, Ind. Jim Ed Norman, The Curb Group Milly Olykan, AEG Europe, London, United Kingdom Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment Brian Philips, CMT/MTV Networks Rod Phillips, iHeartMedia, Cincinnati Rob Potts, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Five Dock, Australia Sherod Robertson, MusicRow Enterprises David Ross, BossRoss Media Darius Rucker Jessie Schmidt, Schmidt Relations Victoria Shaw, Songalicious Publishing Bob Shennan, BBC, London, United Kingdom Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company Clarence Spalding, Maverick Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens Music Larry Vallon, AEG Live, Los Angeles, Calif. Ben Vaughn, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Production Company, Inc. Dwight Wiles, Smith Wiles & Company Jody Williams, BMI Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium Chris Young More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of the Country Music Association. Formed in 1958 as the first trade association for a single genre of music, the organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry while advancing the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s strategic imperatives: CMA Music Festival and the companion CMA Music Festival television special; the CMA Awards, which are recognized as Country Music’s Biggest Night™; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring the songs of the holidays. All of CMA’s TV properties air on the ABC Television Network through 2021. For information about CMA visit www.CMAworld.com.