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CMA Holds Annual Board Election

NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association held their annual Board of Directors election meeting in Nashville this week and approved a new slate of directors whose terms commences imemdiately.

Sony Music Entertainment Nashville Chairman and CEO will step up to the post of CMA Board Chairman and Tony Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing has been named as president elect. Jessie Schmidt, President of Schmidt Relations, remains Secretary/Treasurer for a second year and the CMA Board President will be announced at a later date.

"On behalf of the CMA's Board of Directors, our membership, and the CMA staff, I want to recognize outgoing Board Chair Steve Buchanan and thank him for his steady and insightful leadership over the last year and a half," said Overton.

Following is a list of 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 Agency/PR/Marketing
Mary Hilliard Harrington, The GreenRoom PR

Nancy Shapiro, NARAS
Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization

Jay DeMarcus, Rascal Flatts
Luke Bryan

Broadcast Air Talent
Charlie Cook, West Virginia Radio Corp., Morgantown, W.Va.
Blair Garner, After Midnight with Blair Garner, Premiere Radio Networks

Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music
Brett James, Cornman Music

Entertainment Services

Stacey Schlitz, Schlitz Law


Ian Ashbridge, Wrasse Records, U.K.
Bob Shennan, BBC, U.K.

Music Publisher/PRO
Tim DuBois, Tim DuBois Entertainment
Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Biff Watson, Biff-Bangs Productions, Inc.

Personal Manager
Ken Levitan, Vector Management
Bill Simmons, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company

Dann Huff, Dann Huff Productions

Jaye Albright, Albright & O'Malley, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Clay Hunnicutt, Clear Channel Communications, Atlanta, Ga.

Record Company

Gary Overton, Sony Music Entertainment
Mike Dungan, EMI Capitol Records

Record/Video/Online Merchandiser

Charlie Anderson, Anderson Merchandisers, Knoxville, Tenn.

Talent Agent/Promoter
Rob Beckham, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Talent Buyer/Venue
Larry Vallon, AEG Live!, Los Angeles, Calif.
Louis Messina, The Messina Group

Mark Shimmel, Turner Networks

Lifetime Directors
J. William Denny
Ralph Peer II
Frances Preston

Ex-Officio Members
Jim Free, The Smith-Free Group, Washington, D.C.
Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

-CelebrityAccess Staff Writers