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Bryan, Galante join CMA board

Thursday, December 1, 2011 – Luke Bryan and former RCA label head Joe Galante were elected to the the Country Music Association Board of Directors earlier this week. They begin working immediately.

CMA Board President Gary Overton, Sony Music Entertainment Nashville Chairman and CEO, now assumes the position of CMA Board Chairman from Steve Buchanan, Gaylord Entertainment Senior Vice President of Media and Entertainment. Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, was named President-Elect. Jessie Schmidt, President of Schmidt Relations, remains Secretary/Treasurer for a second year. 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.

Directors By Membership Category

Advertising Agency/PR/Marketing: Mary Hilliard Harrington, The GreenRoom PR

Affiliated: Nancy Shapiro, NARAS, Joe Galante, Galante Entertainment Organization

Artist: 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

Composer: Bob DiPiero, Love Monkey Music, Brett James, Cornman Music

Entertainment Services: Stacey Schlitz, Schlitz Law

International: 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

Musician: Biff Watson, Biff-Bangs Productions

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

Producer/Engineer/Studio: Dann Huff, Dann Huff Productions

Radio: 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, Louis Messina, The Messina Group

Television/Video/Media: Mark Shimmel, Turner Networks

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