CMA Staff Promotions


(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

The Country Music Association has made several staff promotions in the marketing and special projects departments.

In the marketing department, Tammy Donham has been promoted to director of marketing services from senior manager of marketing and membership . Donham, who began her career at CMA in 1996, will continue to oversee all advertising and promotions for CMA and CMA events including the CMA Music Festival and CMA Awards. Donham reports directly to Rick Murray, vice president of strategic marketing;

Lara Henley has been promoted from to senior manager of sponsorship activation from marketing manager Henleyhas worked with CMA for 14 years and will be responsible for execution of all sponsorship contracts. She reports directly to Paula Milton, director of business development; and

Kyle Quigley has been promoted to manager of strategic marketing initiatives from marketing coordinator. Quigley, who joined CMA in 2003, will oversee many of the New York City-based activities leading up to the 2005 CMA Awards on November 15 as well as new marketing initiatives for 2006 and beyond. He reports directly to Murray.

In the new media and technology services department, which recently merged with the marketing department, several additional changes resulted. Daphne Larkin, formerly director of new media and technology services, has been named the new director of membership and online marketing. Larkin, who has worked with CMA since 1995, will continue to oversee all CMA websites internet opportunities. In addition, she will now oversee all membership development and industry relations activities including international membership and activities. She will report directly to Murray;

Daniel Owen, formerly manager of information technology, has been promoted to senior manager of information technology. Owen joined CMA in 2000, and will continue to oversee all computer and information systems for CMA. Web developer David Beronja joins Owen in the move to the marketing department, where both will report to Larkin; and

Catherine Thompson, who joined CMA in 2004 as membership administration assistant, has been promoted to membership services ooordinator. John Pyne, who joined CMA in 2003 as executive assistant, has moved to the marketing department as industry relations coordinator. Both will report to Larkin.

"One of the strengths of CMA has been the ability for the staffing model to react with the business environment," said Murray. "The marketing needs of our members and sponsors have meant a stronger focus on sponsorship activation, accelerated online marketing efforts, new marketing initiative development and managerial leadership. Each of these individuals will take on new responsibilities in an aggressive operational structure that will continue to meet the marketing objectives of the organization. They have proven to be insightful, experienced, passionate, driven team players who understand the needs of today's marketplace."

In the special projects department, Christy Grealis and Kris Kennedy have both been promoted from event managers to senior managers of events. Grealis has worked at CMA for seven years; Kennedy joined CMA in 1997. Grealis will continue to oversee many logistics for CMA Events including press conferences, the CMA Music Festival and CMA Awards. Kennedy will continue to oversee the music festival exhibit area and the awards ticketing and seating process as well as other event responsibilities. Both report to Bobette Dudley, vice president of events and program development.

"I have watched these talented women continue to excel in their areas of responsibility, especially so in the last year, and I couldn't be happier to recognize their contributions with very well-deserved promotions," said Dudley. "They manage an enormous amount of work for CMA events, and they both approach it with good attitudes, team philosophy, integrity, and a strong work ethic. I am very proud to have them in our Events & Programs department." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner